If you are a pet-owner then you are very well aware that during warmer months you should pay extra attention to annoying ticks and fleas. They are year-round pests but during summer they tend to attack your furry little friends from almost every corner. The worst part is that ticks can carry bacteria and viruses that transmit diseases! That is why you should do whatever it takes to protect your pets and your home from these pests.
Prevention is essential
The first step is prevention! The best way to ensure you’re doing everything in your power to protect your lovely furball is by taking preventative measures. The key is in keeping your home as well as your yard pest-free and every corner your pet loves.
Mown and clean the backyard
When it comes to outdoor spaces, you should mow grass frequently and clean up leaf or wood piles because ticks like to dwell in these spaces. Introduce nematodes (microscopic, worm-like organisms) that feed on tick larvae and therefore break their life cycles keeping your backyard pest-free. Another option is to use the diatomaceous earth powder that is non-toxic for humans and animals, but lethal to fleas and ticks.
Groom your pets often
Grooming your pets regularly with a flea comb can prevent ticks and fleas from spreading. You should vacuum carpets, furniture and floors to remove the eggs if you’ve spotted these awful pests. Also, spray every corner with IGR to prevent their reproduction.
Keep your indoors and outdoors protected
You can make your own natural remedies or use traditional medication to repel fleas and ticks from your wonderful furry friends. Opt for insecticides that are applied to the back of dog’s and cat’s neck, flea collars, dips and shampoos that will help you win the battle. Professionals from pest control Coffs Harbour advise that if the area around your home, or a local dog park, has high tick infestations, you should definitely give your pets the Lyme vaccine just to be sure nothing will happen.
On the other hand, citrus juice is natural, organic ticks repellent that you can use instead of chemicals for your outdoor and indoor areas. Simply use freshly squeezed citrus to lightly spray your pet, but don’t use citrus oils since they can harm them. Also, a combination of brewer’s yeast and garlic around food bowls, or rose geranium oil applied on the collar, can ward against ticks.
Cat owners be aware
If you are a cat owner, you should pay attention never to use products that contain permethrin or tropical oils and dips. They tend to spend more time grooming themselves so they might ingest too much of the remedy, which can be deadly to them.
Avoid risky spots
Keep in mind that even though you’ve thoroughly protected your pet and your home you should also avoid spaces where you’re most likely to encounter ticks. When taking your pet out for a walk make sure to avoid tall grass and wet environments. Check your furry friend after every walk to ensure that it is pest-free, especially armpits and groin/belly area. If it somehow still happens that your pets have ticks, you should remove them the proper way. Use tweezers to grab it by the mouth and head (right where they enter skin) and pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Kill the tick after it’s out by putting it in alcohol.
Follow these tips in order to ensure your furry little four-legged friend stay completely ticks and fleas free year-round.