The day you brought your pet home was full of joy, and the last thing you ever expected was to discover them scratching at their ears. Dealing with fleas and ticks is part of caring for a pet, and they tend to get worse during the spring and summer seasons. Fortunately, you can use these tips to eliminate a flea and tick infestation. 

New Pet? An Animal Lover's Guide to Handling a Flea and Tick Infestation 

 

The day you brought your pet home was full of joy, and the last thing you ever expected was to discover them scratching at their ears. Dealing with fleas and ticks is part of caring for a pet, and they tend to get worse during the spring and summer seasons. Fortunately, you can use these tips to eliminate a flea and tick infestation. 

Recognize the Signs of an Infestation 

A single flea may not cause much of a problem, but you will quickly begin to notice symptoms once an infestation has taken hold. Flea and tick bites are itchy, and your pet may begin scratching more than normal. You may also see black specks moving on your pet's fur or a tick that is burrowed into their skin. 

When an infestation reaches severe levels, your pet may show signs of ill health, such as red patches on their skin, hair loss or restlessness. You may also notice flea bites on your skin that look like small red or pink marks. If you have a large infestation of fleas, you may also notice black specks of flea feces around your home. 

Take Your Pet to the Vet 

Although you can find over-the-counter flea and tick treatments, you may need to seek professional veterinary advice to completely clear your pet of a serious infestation. During this visit, your vet will examine your pet for signs of fleas and ticks, and they will prescribe medications as needed. 

Clean Your Pet Care Materials 

Once your pet has been treated, it is still possible for them to be re-infested by fleas and ticks that reside in your home. For this reason, it is best to inquire about same-day treatment services that can end your infestation before you expose your pet to more fleas and ticks. While you wait, you can begin cleaning your pet's belongings. 

Start by washing all of your pet toys, bedding and clothing in hot water, and toss anything that cannot be washed. Then, move washed items to a safe location so that they are not in the way when you have your home treated. During this time, try to keep your pet contained in a non-carpeted area of your home or at a sitter's house. 

Have Your Home Inspected and Treated 

It is possible that your pet is getting the fleas and ticks from your backyard, or it could be from another place you visit, such as the dog park. Since the source of your flea and tick infestation is hard to detect, you will need to call in a professional pest technician to conduct a full inspection of your home and yard. 

Once your pest technician confirms the infestation, your home and lawn may need to be treated. Fortunately, it is possible to safely treat pest infestations in homes with pets. Let your pest technician know about the animals that you have in your home so that they can take additional measures to keep them safe. 

Prevent Future Infestations 

You can experience a flea or tick problem at any time of the year, but they tend to be worse during warm weather. Make it a habit to check your dog after going outside to make sure pests have not hitched a ride on their fur. It also helps to keep your lawn trimmed and to schedule regular seasonal inspections that catch problems early. 

At Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control, we love knowing that we can do our part to keep pets and families in our community safe from pests. Give us a call at the first sign of fleas or ticks so that we can treat them before they get out of control. 

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