Pet-Friendly Pest Control
For many, a home is not complete without a pet. Pets are like family. They're always around bringing joy to their people, often eating, sleeping and traveling with them. They’re always loyal and happy to see their owners after a long, hard day at work. And because of all this, taking care of the family pet and keeping them out of harm's way is often a top priority of pet owners.
That's why having a pest control plan is good for your home. And it’s not just good for the people who live in it but for the animals as well, because not only are there pests that can be harmful and a nuisance for homeowners, but some can be harmful to your pets too, like these for example:
Pet owners don't just need to worry about watching their pets itch and scratch when mosquitoes bite. Heartworms can be an issue as well. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm larvae to dogs and cats, which can make them extremely ill. Dogs are especially susceptible.
While pest control cannot guarantee that your pets will not get heartworms, it can help reduce mosquito population around your house, which will help reduce your pets’ exposure to mosquitoes and their bites.
Ticks can carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease (among other diseases), potentially transmitting it to dogs and cats when through biting. If left untreated, Lyme disease can affect your pet's joins and organs. Cats tend to be more resistant, though they are not immune to Lyme disease.
Like mosquitoes, while pest control cannot guarantee your pets do not get Lyme disease, it can help reduce tick population, therefore helping reduce your pets’ exposure to ticks.
A flea problem can cause your pet to itch and scratch uncontrollably. Not only can this be hard for a pet owner to watch and experience, but it can also be dangerous for the pet as non-stop scratching can lead to open wounds that can become infected. Fleas can also carry tapeworms and the bacteria that cause cat-scratch fever.
Though pest control can help with the above issues, it’s important to note that it should not be viewed as the main preventative method for heartworms, Lyme disease or other issues related to the pests mentioned above. Rather, for the most effective preventative measures, pet owners should consult with their veterinarian for heartworm prevention as well as tick and flea control.
How to Help Prevent Pests
Preventing pests from entering your home is one way that pet owners can help keep their pets safe. Below are some preventative steps you can take:
- Regularly check your pet's food, water and shelter for bugs
- Remove bedding or toys if you see signs of insect activity
- Store pet food in sealed containers
- Fix leaky plumbing and remove areas of standing water
- Seal cracks and crevices to help keep bugs out of your house, including your window frames
- Keep outdoor pets contained in a fenced yard. If they enter an infested area, fleas and ticks can hop on board within seconds
- Keep leaves raked, grass cut and bushes trimmed to reduce tick habitat
- Check your pet regularly for fleas and ticks, especially when they are allowed outside of your yard or other controlled areas
If your pet has been affected by pests, then you should consult with your veterinarian before using any medication or repellent.
How Pest Control Professionals Can Help
Though taking preventative steps can help alleviate pest issues, DIY solutions often fall short of complete control. That's where pest control professionals can assist, and the professionals at Terminix are here to help. Terminix technicians use pesticides according to the label and do not treat pets at all. However, for efficiency of service and as a precaution, you should always contain your pet and put food and toys away when a technician is treating your home.
When pests like fleas and ticks are prevented and controlled, that's good for your pets. It creates a better environment for them, and you. Learn more about Terminix pest control today.