Since our homes are insulated by double gazing and central heating is common place, these parasites can thrive all year. It may seem impossible to keep ticks and fleas at bay, but there are some steps you can take to protect your pets from these bloodsucking parasites.
Keep your home clean
Fleas are notoriously difficult to get rid of. So, you need to keep them from thriving. Keep your dog’s toys and beddings clean and wash them with warm, soapy water. Also, vacuum your home thoroughly and throw out the bags after filling them. This is a good precautionary measure since flea eggs can stay alive for several months.
Clear the yard
If your dog spends time outdoors, you need to treat your yard as well. Keeping your lawn and bushes trimmed can help control your home’s outdoor flea population. Unlike humans, ticks do not like well-maintained lawns. You can also use outdoor chemical treatments, but be sure to read the instructions carefully. These products are full of strange chemicals that could have potentially harmful side effects. Be cautious when using these types of products.
Consult your veterinarian
There are a lot of tick and flea treatments available in the market – shampoos, dips, powders, collars, pills, tablets and topical medications. Some are designed to kill the egg-laying adults; while some kill the eggs.
Consult your veterinarian about the best way to protect your pets from external parasites. He can give recommendations that best fit your dog’s environment and lifestyle.
Ridding your pet and home of ticks and fleas is definitely not an easy job. Consistency is key. Despite your effort to protect them from ticks and fleas your pets may still be exposed to these parasites. Keep striving to keep your home pest-free.