Protecting your pets from Fleas and Ticks

Keeping bugs away from your pets can be difficult.  Having a Pest Control company service your home regularly can help prevent these issues. However,  if your pet is having a problem with Ticks or Fleas, there is a solution.

Cat FleaWhen it comes to Fleas, the Cat Flea is the most common flea that infests animals.  Adult cat fleas will live on their host and reproduce after blood meals.  In order for control measures to be successful, the host animal must be dipped and treated with specialized flea products.  Infested items must be washed or cleaned.  Carpets should be vacuumed thoroughly and the vacuum bag disposed of.  Insecticide applications include growth regulators and residuals.  Cat Fleas can complete their metamorphosis of egg, larva and pupa stage in 30 days.  Eggs are oval-shaped and typically fall from the host animal’s fur to the ground.  They remain there until they emerge into larvae.  Larvae feed on the fecal matter of adults.  Eventually they become pupae and mature into adult cat fleas.  Fleas and Ticks are quite a nuisance when it comes to pets.

Brown Dog TickAs for dogs, Brown Dog Ticks primarily feed on them.  However, they will also attach themselves to many other animals and even people. On dogs, adult Ticks are usually found on the ears and between the toes. The Brown Dog Tick will attach itself to a dog by crawling up on grasses, bushes, and other shrubbery. Ticks can be easily brought into a home on the family dog.  They will commonly lay their eggs in cracks and crevices.  Ticks can survive up to eight months without a blood meal. The brown dog tick can transmit diseases to humans.  An inspection is crucial in order to identify where the ticks are hiding.

If your pet is suffering from a Flea or Tick problem, call Essential for an inspection today at (520) 886-3029.

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