News From D.C. Mosquito Squad: 10 Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe From Ticks
Pets are vulnerable to a multitude of tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease. Further, the warmer temperatures of the past winter have created a more hospitable env
Sterling, Virginia (PRUnderground) June 22nd, 2014
Pets are vulnerable to a multitude of tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease. Further, the warmer temperatures of the past winter have created a more hospitable environment for the early arrival of ticks.
D.C. Mosquito Squad recommends taking the following 10 steps to minimize your pets’ risk of exposure to these small parasites.
#1 Use spot on or oral medications carefully to control and kill ticks:
#2 Keep your pet healthy: Ticks are more likely to attach themselves to pets with low immune systems or dirty fur.
#3 Bathe your pet with a medicated shampoo: Medicated shampoos can work wonders for your pets and will have cause ticks to have an instant reaction when the come in contact with it.
#4 Keep your lawn clean: Ticks live and breed it cold shaded areas. So by keeping your lawn clean you’ll lower the chance of a breeding tick population.
#5 Catch ticks before they have a chance attach: After outdoor play examine your pets for ticks. This is a simple step that can make a huge difference, but it often overlooke.
#6 Keep your pets indoors as much as possible: One of the best ways to combat ticks is to limit exposure. So avoid letting your pet roam outside for long periods of time.
#7 Purchase a tick collar: Just make sure to put it on your pet properly.
#8 Consider vaccinating your pet: Vaccines are available that can help prevent lyme disease-causing bacteria. This method can lower your pets risk of contracting lyme disease.
#9 Contact a pest specalist about pet safe pesticides: Always consult with a local professional before using any type of treatment.#10 Treat your pet with a tick dip
#10 Treat your pet with a tick dip: Use caution when diluting the dip and applying it to your pets fur. Keep in mind that dips are not safe for pets under 4 months of age or for pregnant / nursing pets.
About D.C. Mosquito Squad
Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC offers specialized outdoor pest control. We help Washingtonians take back their backyard & enjoy outdoor events sans bothersome bugs, like mosquitoes, ticks, stink bugs & ground bees.