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Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are parasitic creatures found on dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals. They are the type of parasite known as ectoparasites because they live outside of their host’s body. Fleas and ticks pose a serious threat to our pets because they reproduce rapidly and carry disease.
What are the Signs of an Infestation?
Several signs can indicate your pet has an infestation. If you notice fleas on your dog or cat (or, if applicable, yourself!) or ticks on your pet, it may be a sign of an infestation. Another sign is if you suspect your pet has been itching more than usual; this could be because they have flea or tick bites. Your pets will be more likely to get ticks and fleas if you take walks in the woods, as that is where these pests tend to live.
The most common signs of a tick infestation are:
- Ticks on your pet or crawling on any part of your body
- Lumps on your skin after removing a tick
- A rash that develops around the bite area, or symptoms of Lyme Disease
- Your pet experiencing lethargy, fever, loss of appetite, and lack of energy
How to Control Ticks and Fleas:
- Brush and Bathe Pets: One of the best and easiest ways to control ticks and fleas in pets is by brushing them regularly and bathing when necessary. The more ticks and fleas a pet has, the harder it will be to remove them from its fur. Be sure to dry your pet well after bathing it to prevent the growth of bacteria in the remaining moisture on their skin.
- Use a Flea and Tick Collar: Another way to control fleas and ticks is by using a topical tick and flea medication in a collar. These collars are known for being effective but must be replaced every few months when they lose their potency.
- Treat the Yard: To ensure that your pets have a safe environment in which to play, it is necessary to treat your yard with a tick and flea medication as well. This will help control the infestation of these parasites in your yard, so they don’t spread to other areas or climb onto your pets once they leave.
- Use a Home Insecticide: Finally, you can also treat your home with insecticides to remove ticks and fleas from your living space. This will help prevent them from being brought into the house on your pets and multiplying there, where it is more difficult to control their numbers.
How Dangerous are Fleas and Ticks?
Fleas and ticks can, of course, cause a number of negative symptoms in our pets. Their bites are itchy and irritating for your pet, making them want to scratch at their skin excessively. If a dog has too many flea bites, they may suffer from anemia and exfoliative dermatitis, which causes their skin to peel away in large chunks.
They may also get tapeworms from ingesting an infected flea, which can be dangerous for your pet. Ticks are known to spread Lyme Disease, which is a severe illness that requires veterinary intervention. Because these parasites also carry other diseases with them, it is essential to treat pets for ticks and fleas as soon as possible to prevent them from transmitting the diseases they carry to your pets.
Do You Need Assistance Dealing with Fleas and Ticks?
Fleas and ticks are a burden for both pets and humans. They can also be difficult to get rid of, but you don’t have to worry about that with the right pest control company on your side! Contact Domain Pest Control today if you need help getting fleas or ticks out of your house once and for all.