The 5 Most Harmful Pests for Pets

outdoor pest controlWith the warmer weather comes long walks and plenty of time spent outside. Your pet once again enjoys running in the grass and exploring shrubs and trees. You should be aware that warmer weather also brings annoying and harmful pests. Proper pest control is important for humans, but it’s also just as important for your pets. Here are the pests that are most harmful for pets!

1. Fleas

The soft fur of your dog or cat provides the perfect environment for fleas. These pests feed on your pet’s blood and can cause serious health problems ranging from allergic reactions to serious flea-borne diseases. Pets who are allergic to fleas can lose their fur or even develop skin infections and rashes. The signs of flea presence are usually incessant itching, flea droppings in the fur, white flea eggs in the fur, spots on the skin, and hair loss. Fleas can take in 15 times their own weight in blood, so in extreme cases, your cat or dog can lose too much blood and develop anemia. Female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs in a single day, so if you don’t maintain proper pest control, a few fleas on your pet can develop into an infestation quickly and easily.

2. Ticks

Unlike fleas, ticks are a bit easier to notice, especially if they’re sucking your pet’s blood. These pests are dangerous since they spread a broad range of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis. They crawl on tall grass and wait for a host to brush against it, at which point they jump and grab hold to the host where they begin to feed. Ticks can survive a whole year without feeding, and once they find a suitable environment in your dog’s or cat’s fur it’s hard to get rid of them. You should exercise caution when removing a tick from your pet’s fur since part of the tick is burrowed into the skin.

3. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are well-known as disease spreaders for humans, but they’re also capable of giving your pets heartworms. If an infected mosquito bites your pet, it may transmit heartworm larvae into your pet’s bloodstream. Symptoms that your pet has these parasites are weakness and coughing. Heartworms can be fatal without treatment, so it’s important to maintain proper mosquito control to keep your pet healthy before the mosquito season even begins.

4. Bees and Wasps

A bee or a wasp sting is painful to you, but it’s also just as painful for your pets. Serious reactions occur if your pet has an allergic reaction to a bee or wasp sting. The symptoms of an allergic reaction are swelling of the head, pale gums, excessive drooling and labored breathing. If your pet is demonstrating any of these symptoms after being stung, seek veterinary care immediately.

5. Fire Ants

Your pets can handle a fire ant bite or two, but the real problem is when a small dog or cat encounters a large swarm of these ants. When fire ants bite, they leave their sting in the victim, which can be deadly for smaller animals. Inspect areas where your cat or dog likes to play and practice proper pest control in your backyard and around your house to protect yourself and your pets.

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