The Best Way To Protect New Jersey’s Pets From Pests
July 29, 2020
Proper pest prevention isn’t just to protect yourself and your property, it’s also to protect the animals in our homes. Household pets can be the target of certain pests such as fleas and ticks, and an infestation is more than just an itchy nuisance for Fluffy. Knowing how to prevent these parasites from moving into your home is important for responsible pet owners.
Fleas & Ticks: The Bane Of Household Pets
Fleas and ticks are parasitic pests, feeding off of the blood of animal hosts. While they are often thought of in the same breath, fleas and ticks are very different creatures that behave in dramatically different ways. Knowing how to spot the signs of both of these household pests will pay off in the long run.
Insects: Fleas are small insects that feed on animals, but even homes without pets can become infested. Fleas can infest wildlife such as raccoons and rodents that make it onto (and into) your property.
Shape & color: Fleas are brown and their legs are tucked underneath large, round bodies. Unlike ticks, they have only six legs.
Size: Fleas are incredibly small, flightless insects, making them difficult to spot. They are often larger than ticks, however, and can grow to over a few millimeters in size.
Arachnids: Ticks aren’t actually insects. They belong to the same family as spiders. As such, they have eight legs, compared to the six found on fleas.
Shape & color: Ticks can have different coloration depending on their life stage and gender. Females are the ones that actually feed on animals. Ticks are noticeable by their splayed-out legs.
Size: Ticks are sometimes no larger than a sesame seed, making them extremely difficult to see on the skin of pets and people.
Dangers Of Fleas & Ticks
Both fleas and ticks are known purveyors of dangerous diseases because of their parasitic ways. They are uniquely able to spread pathogens between animal populations, meaning that they can carry all of the same diseases as other pests they might infest, like rats and mice. Not only can these diseases get transmitted to you or your household animals, but flea and tick bites can quickly accumulate and make pets absolutely miserable. Repeated scratching or biting welts from flea and tick bites can result in infection and worsened injuries.
Prevention Tips & Tricks
We know you love your pets, so we probably don’t need to spend much more time explaining why you don’t want fleas or ticks on your property. Instead, let’s focus on what you can do to keep them out:
- Frequent inspection: Checking your pets thoroughly and regularly, with a fine-toothed comb, is important for catching fleas or ticks early. This is especially important to do after stints outdoors, like after a walk, hike, or picnic.
- Treatments: Sprays, ointments, and garments are all available to help ward off fleas and ticks. Speak with a licensed veterinarian about what products work and which ones are unproven.
- Professional help: Vets can advise you on your pets, but pest experts can advise you on your property. Only an expert evaluation of your home or business can provide assurances that all areas have been properly checked for signs of pests, or the things that attract them.
To Protect Your Pets, Call Amco Pest Solutions
Even the most proactive pet owners can find themselves with a flea or tick infestation. These pests are hard to find and even harder to completely eliminate. That’s why it’s best to turn to the professionals for proper pest control. Our experts know the methods that work well and are safe for your home and loved ones.
Don’t let your pet suffer with itching and scratching caused by fleas or ticks, call Amco Pest Solutions at the first sign of these parasites.