Here’re some prevention tips you can use this year to keep your pet and your home safe and pest free.
- When your pet returns indoors, inspect them thoroughly. You can either do this with your hands, or give them a quick comb through.
- If you find a tick, you need to have it removed immediately. When removing a tick, you need to grab it just behind its mouth to remove it properly. If you’re not confident in doing this yourself, take your pet to the vets immediately to have the tick removed.
- Keep your garden pruned and the grass cut low. Ticks and fleas love to hide in long grass, so avoid it when you’re out on your walks as much as possible. Keeping your trees and shrubs cut back will also prevent pests from nesting in your garden.
- Remove any debris and clutter you may have in your garden. If you have a wood-store, make sure you move it away from the house, and that your pet steers clear of it.
- Invest in a lawn tick and flea treatment from local pest controller. This is a great method of prevention for your garden.
- Speak to your vet about flea and tick collars and treatments. You need to keep up your pets treatments regularly for them to work.
- Bathe your pets on a regular basis. Cats can normally take care of themselves, but giving your dog a regular bath in flea shampoo will make sure the bugs stay away from their fur.
- Frequently wash any bedding your pets sleep on, including your own sheets.
- Vacuum your carpets, floors and furniture regularly to destroy fleas at every stage of life (make sure you empty the vacuum into an outdoor bin afterwards).