September 7, 2012 3:16 am
Fleas and ticks are more than simple nuisances for your pets. They can cause your pet discomfort, and in the case of ticks, put your pets and your family at risk for a variety of diseases. One adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day. If your pet has 10 fleas, your problem suddenly multiplies to 15,000 fleas in a month.
Prevention is the best course of action. Making your yard unfriendly to pests is a good place to start.
Don't give fleas and ticks a welcoming environment. Mow regularly, keep shrubs trimmed, and rake up leaves. Keep the garbage covered so it won't attract rodents - that means fleas and ticks won't have any help getting close to your house.
You can spray your yard to kill adult fleas and ticks. Outdoor sprays can be used on lawns, flowers, trees and shrubs. They kill and repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, crickets and other insects. Spray wherever your pet frequents the most. Allow it to dry before letting pets or people onto the treated area.
Preventive maintenance should be a regular part of your pet care routine. Whenever you groom your dog or cat, check for fleas and ticks. Signs of fleas include redness and scratching, as well as what's known as flea dirt - black flea droppings left on your pet's coat. Ticks are most commonly found around the neck, in the ears, in the folds between the legs and body, and in between the toes. Cats may also have them around the neck and face.
Shampoos clean your pet by eliminating adult fleas, ticks and flea dirt. The active ingredients must come in contact with the pests for a certain period of time in order to be effective. Results are immediate. However, because shampoos have no long-lasting effects, it's a good idea to follow the shampoo with a dip or maintenance product. Mists are used to kill fleas, ticks and mosquitoes on dogs and cats instantly. Flea eggs and larvae will be prevented for one to two months.
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