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Your Pets & Pests

Pet owners know that when the weather warms up it’s time to think about pest control for their pets. We have a black lab who loves to be outside as much as possible. With our landscaping being a work in progress it is extremely important for us to treat him for things like fleas and ticks. We also need to watch out for heartworms that are transmitted through mosquito bites. We pet owners love our pets as part of our family. It is important to keep them healthy and safe all year long. Keeping them safe from summer pests is just one of the many things we do to keep our furry friends healthy and safe.

Let us start with flea prevention. This is a very common problem to have with household pests. Fleas can easily jump onto your pet and make their way into your home. They can become an incredible nuisance to your pet and your home. They leave itchy red bite marks on their body. Sometimes your pet can be allergic to fleas and have a more serve reaction causing them to lose hair or develop rashes. The best way to prevent fleas from using your pet as a host this summer is to treat them regularly with a flea repellent treatment. There are many different options to choose from. They have ointments to apply on their backs or a pill to take once a month. It is best to consult your veterinarian as to what type of flea control is best for your pet.

Ticks are also a common problem to deal with during the warmer months. Ticks will hide out in tall grassy areas waiting for their next host. Once they find one they latch on. They can transmit diseases to your pet like Lyme disease. This can be a very serious threat to your pet. The threat of ticks has become so common that tick repellent is now usually included in flea repellent products. Most flea repellents will work to repel fleas and ticks. Ask your veterinarian about what options would work best for your pet.

Mosquitoes are not just a nuisance to your pets during the summer months, they can also transmit heartworms to your dog or cat. Heartworms are a serious threat specifically to dogs. Once a dog has been bitten by an infected mosquito it takes about 7 months for the larva to develop into adult worms. They spread out in the heart and lungs. These worms can be 12” long and live 5-7 years. A dog can have up to 250 of these worms in its system. It is very important to treat your dog with heartworm medication throughout the mosquito season. Ask your vet about heartworms and how to keep your pet’s heartworm free.

If you would like to pest proof your property, than you need to contact the professionals here at Active Pest Control. We offer pest prevention plans that are safe for your pets. This can really make a difference on how you and your pets enjoy the outdoors this summer. We can greatly lessen the chance of exposure that you and your four-legged family member have to tics, mosquitoes, fleas and many other common pests! Show your pets some real love with a home pest prevention plan custom tailored for you.

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