As summer approaches, ticks, and other parasites will be coming out in droves. These disgusting parasites can make your beloved pet miserably itchy! They can also transmit other parasites as well as diseases. Here, a Pasadena, MD vet discusses fighting fleas.
First and foremost, be sure to keep up with your furry pal’s parasite control products. There are many options to choose from, including collars, shampoos, and topical drops. Ask your vet for specific recommendations. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Also, never double up on these products, even if you are battling a flea infestation. This can expose your pet to unsafe levels of pesticides!
Did you know that keeping your lawn mowed will help keep fleas away? These unwanted guests like to hide in tall grasses. Trimming overhanging branches, so your yard gets more sun, can also help. If you have shrubs or plants around your home, make sure the branches don’t touch the walls of your house.
Vacuuming regularly is one of the best things you can do to fight flea infestations. We recommend doing high-traffic areas and your pet’s favorite spots daily. Once a week, do a more thorough vacuuming. When you’re done, empty the canister into a plastic bag, then seal the bag and take it outdoors. That way, if any of the eggs you’ve vacuumed up hatch, they won’t be in your house.
Be sure to remove debris, such as dead leaves and branches, from your yard. Fleas love to hide in piles of brush! If you have a garden and/or fruit trees, pick up fallen produce regularly, as it can attract wild animals and vermin that carry fleas. If you have a birdhouse, birdfeeder, or birdbath, don’t put it too close to your home. Wild birds are beautiful, but they do carry fleas.
Basic cleaning will also help. Doorjambs, baseboards, and windowsills can all make inviting hidey-holes for fleas. Clean these areas regularly. You can also sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth on and around them. Keep laundry piles up off the floor as well. Last but not least, wash your pet’s bedding regularly, using hot water and unscented soap. Beds that are too big for the washer can be vacuumed, or possibly ironed.
Does your pet need parasite control products? Call us, your Pasadena, MD pet clinic, today!