How to protect your family and home from fleas and ticks
Although you might believe flea and tick prevention is just for your pet or feline friend. However, keeping them out of your home can benefit all family members. This is how you can create a plan to protect yourself against ticks and fleas.
Prevention keeps the bugs (and the bacteria) away
You want to prevent ticks and fleas from living in your home for a long time. Researchers at Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources found that some pests thrive in early fall, March, or April. The black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can be found in cats and dogs all year.
How to spot, prevent, and protect against pests
The first line of defense is to prevent your cat or dog from contracting ticks or fleas. A flea collar is an essential tool. Flea collars can be used to keep pests away from your pet’s home if appropriately followed. Flea collars cannot be transferred between species.
You should check your pet for ticks and fleas
Perform a thorough body check if you suspect your furry friend has come in contact with fleas. You should pay close attention to your pet’s head, ears, and neck. These are the things you should be doing:
Be aware of excessive itching, scratching, and biting.
It would be best if you looked out for reddened patches on your skin.
To feel for bumps, rub your hands on the pet’s skin.
Use a fine-tooth comb to find larvae, eggs, and adults in fur.
Protect your home from the outside and inside
To prevent ticks and fleas, a comprehensive plan must include creating a comfortable environment for your pet. You can help your pet if you find and treat them as soon as possible.
Every other week, mow your lawn.
Regularly trim shrubs, trees, and plants near windows and doors.
It would help if you pulled weeds frequently.
You should cover garbage bins and keep food out of them. You’ll attract pest-carrying critters like raccoons.
Spray your garden and exterior with Adam(TM) Yard & Garden spray.
Get rid of all grass clippings and organic material immediately. These piles make an excellent place for larvae, eggs, ticks, and fleas to nest and flourish.
Pests should be checked daily on your pet’s bedding.
All pet bedding should be washed once a week with warm or hot water.
Vacuum floors, rugs, and upholstery thoroughly once per week. Be sure to get into any cracks or crevices.
Disposable vacuum bags can be used. Make sure to change them regularly so that no debris is left behind.
Take area rugs and carpets outside to give them a shake. Keep away from windows and doors.
You should also check yourself. You should wash your hair, clothes, and accessories if you’ve been exposed to fleas or ticks. This is best done outside. Use the warmest water possible to wash clothing.