At Plunkett’s Pest Control we are often warning families about how many pests can affect their health, their home, and their sanity. But let’s not forget about our lovable cats and dogs. Pets can be just as affected by the nuisance of pests as we are. And since they have no way to relieve the pest problem, it is up to us as pet owners to be sure that our pets are not falling victim to the bites and annoyance of pests such as fleas, ticks, or even bed bugs. Fleas on dogs and cats are likely the most reporting run ins between pets and pests. Sadly, these tiny pests can make Fido and Fluffy miserable. Fleas are generally picked up from the outdoors, from another animal, or from another infested site. And once they are inside and latched onto your furry friend, they will begin biting, multiplying and causing problems for not only your pets, but you as well. Ticks are another pest threat to animals and though they are most known for spreading Lyme disease in humans, unfortunately they can also transmit this serious disease to your pet. Symptoms exhibited by affected pets include stiffness, sensitivity, and fever. Antibiotics can be used to treat Lyme disease but it is best to avoid the threat of Lyme disease and tick bites all together. A less common threat to your pets, but one that is possible is the bite of the bed bugs. Bed bugs much prefer to feed on human blood but in the case of a severe infestation when there are many bed bugs overcrowded in a room, your dog, cat, or other pet could be the next victim. These blood thirsty pests can be introduced on infested furniture, used clothing and other items but are likely to arrive home with families after a vacation. Prevention is the key to avoiding problems associated the pests mentioned above. With that in mind, Plunkett’s would like to share with pet owners in the Midwest including Minneapolis, Minnesota; Omaha, Nebraska and the Quad Cities a few pest prevention tips that can help you protect your pets.
- Vacuum your home regularly to avoid the spread of fleas and their eggs. Make sure to focus on spots where your animals spend a lot of time as well as under furniture.
- Always keep your pets up to date on their flea and tick treatments. Always consult your vet before applying any type of treatment.
- After your pet has spent time outside in wooded areas or spots with tall grass and heavy landscaping, make sure to check their fur for any ticks that could have latched on.
- When your family travels make sure to be cautious and check for bed bugs in hotel rooms and on your luggage so that you do not bring an infestation back with you.