If a pet is a part of your family, then you know how important it is to treat them for parasites and pests as well as protect your home against infestations. When a pet contracts a parasitic infection, your initial thought might be to treat them with the strongest product available. Unfortunately, applying strong chemicals on your pet’s body can actually cause accidental poisoning. On the other hand, there are those who don’t take preventative measures for their pets at all.
While Aerex doesn’t treat cats and dogs for pests, we understand how important pets are to our customers. From our family to yours, here are some pet pest control tips to avoid.
1. Don’t Use Human Repellent on a Pet
If mosquitos are particularly awful, you might think spraying your pet with human insect repellent is a safe idea. But many insect sprays made for humans can actually be harmful to pets. DEET and citronella are two chemicals commonly found in bug repellentt that can be dangerous to pets – and could even cause neurological damage. Talk to your vet and get pet-specific medication.
2. Don’t Leave Your Pet Defenseless by Not Treating Them
You wouldn’t go outside during mosquito season without bug spray, would you? So why would you let your pet face the same risk? Always ask your vet about the best pest prevention methods for your pet. If you stay on top of your pet’s grooming, vaccinations and medications, you won’t have to worry about treating an unexpected parasite.
3. Don’t Assume Indoors Means Safe
If our pets never venture outdoors they can’t contract a parasite, right? Wrong. If you have a pet that stays mostly indoors, it may be less likely they will be affected by a disease-carrying mosquito bite or ticks. But this doesn’t mean you should rule it out altogether. Pay attention to signs of a parasitic problem such as excessive biting or scratching. Keep in mind that while fleas don’t stay on humans, we can bring them into our homes. Once inside, they are vey tough to get rid of!
4. “Not Visible” Doesn’t Mean “Non-Existent”
Out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, this happens all too often when it comes to pests and our pets. Just because you can’t see physical evidence of pests on your pet’s fur or skin, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations and keep your eyes open for dangers such as ticks, fleas and bacterial infections. A change in your pet’s behavior could be indicative of a parasitic infection.
5. Don’t Treat Cats and Dogs with the Same Product
It’s easy to assume you can use the same tick and flea repellent on both your dog(s) and cat(s). However, cats and dogs are two different species, and therefore, need to be treated as such. Medications used on your dog should never be used on your cat (and vice versa) unless specifically instructed so by a vet.
Pets are more than just pets, they are family. We hope these tips gave you some insight on how to treat keep your pets safe from pests. Always visit your veterinarian for regular check ups and pointers on how to avoid parasites and other pests. As always, contact Aerex Pest Control for any signs of pests around the home. We will create a defense strategy that is safe for both humans and our furry friends.