Learn ways to protect your pets from pests for National Pet Month.
May is National Pet Month making it the perfect time to talk about how to protect your pet from pests. Protecting pets from bugs and rodents is important to ensure their health and well-being. Bugs, mice, rats, and other pests can cause irritation, discomfort and transmit diseases to pets. Here are some tips to help protect your pets from bugs:
10 Ways to Protect Your Pets from Pests
Groom Them Regularly
Regularly grooming your pets can help in the early detection and removal of bugs like fleas and ticks. Use a flea comb to check for fleas and ticks, and remove them immediately.
Use Flea and Tick Preventatives
Consult your veterinarian to determine the most suitable flea and tick preventatives for your pets. These can include spot-on treatments, oral medications, or collars. Follow the instructions carefully and use the appropriate product for your pet's species and size.
Avoid Bug-Infested Areas
If you know certain areas are prone to bugs, such as ticks or mosquitoes, try to avoid taking your pet there. Long grass, wooded areas, and stagnant water are common bug habitats.
Keep Your Yard Clean
To help protect your pets from pests, make sure to routinely mow your lawn, remove debris, and trim bushes and shrubs to reduce bug populations in your yard. Consider using pet-safe insecticides or natural alternatives to deter bugs.
Be Cautious Outdoors
When taking your pet for walks or hikes, try to avoid heavily wooded areas and tall grasses. After outdoor activities, thoroughly check your pet for ticks and other bugs. If you will be outdoors and plan to use bug spray, consult with your veterinarian for pet-safe bug repellents. Avoid using products designed for humans, as some ingredients can be toxic to pets. Never use products containing DEET on pets.
Hire a Residential Pest Control Company
Hire a trusted pest control company in your area to keep your home protected from pests. Consult with the company and let them know you have pets. Having residential pest control for your home will safely manage pests for all family members- including the four-legged variety.
Between pest control services, keep your home clean and vacuum regularly to remove flea eggs and larvae. Wash your pet's bedding frequently and if you take your animals off your property, make sure to check them for ticks before returning home.
Protect Against Mosquitoes
In addition to regular pest control services, many pest control companies also offer mosquito prevention. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm disease, which can be fatal for pets. Protecting your yard and surrounding areas helps to keep your pets safe. You should also talk to your veterinarian about preventive measures, such as monthly heartworm medication.
Know the Signs to Protect Your Pets from Pests
Be aware of the signs of bug infestation or bites on your pet, such as excessive scratching, redness, swelling, hair loss, or behavioral changes. If you notice any of these signs, consult your veterinarian for guidance. Your vet can examine them for infestation or diseases transmitted by bugs and provide appropriate treatments.
Remember, each pet is unique, so it's essential to consult your veterinarian for personalized advice on protecting your specific pet from pests. We hope you and your furry family members have a great time celebrating National Pet Month! Make sure to keep these easy ways to protect your pets from pests in mind not only in May but all year long.
Protect your Pets from Pests in South Carolina
At Hilton Head Exterminators we treat all your family members like our family, including pets. We have served the South Carolina Lowcountry since 1968. With offices in Hilton Head and Beaufort, our technicians are happy to protect pets across Hilton Head Island and beyond. Learn more about our services on our website or contact us for more information and a free estimate.