If you have dogs, cats, and other pets, you already know that fleas and ticks can be a real problem for your pets. You could try keeping them inside at all times, but that’s not always feasible, especially if you have dogs. You probably already know about flea collars and baths, but you may not know that there are better ways to keep your home from getting infested with fleas and ticks, in the first place.
Fleas and ticks are serious problems for both pets and people. Fleas can transmit heartworms and tapeworms, while some ticks carry Lyme disease. Needless to say, there’s more to worry about from these vermin than a little bit of scratching and bloodsucking. So, if at all possible, you’ll want to prevent flea and tick infestations before they happen. Let’s walk you through some great tips to keep pests out of your home and off of you and your pets.
Start With the Yard
Fleas, ticks, and other pests come from outside. That may sound obvious, but a lot of people don’t take it into account when they have pest control problems. They think if they bug-bomb the house or put flea collars on their pets, everything should be fine. Then they get a rude awakening when their recently fumigated house gets a new infestation, or the pests still swarm their pets but just avoid the collar area.
So, to properly keep your home free of fleas and ticks, you need to start with your yard. If you want to get rid of fleas and ticks in your yard, talk to a lawn care specialist about applying insect-repellant chemicals that aren’t harmful to you or your pets on your lawn.
Don’t Bring Them In with You
If you are not treating your yard with anything to deter pests, you’re going to have to take some precautions when coming and going from your home. If you’ve been doing yard work outside, take your shoes and socks off before you come back into the house.
Then put your dirty clothes directly in the washing machine, and go take a shower. Check yourself for ticks in the shower. The washing machine should take care of any pests that may have hitched a ride inside on your clothes.
Dedicate a pair of shoes for lawn-mowing and yard work, and leave them on the porch or in the garage during flea and tick season. That way no pests can come in with your shoes. This precaution, alone, will greatly decrease the odds that you’ll get an infestation.
Make a Natural Flea Spray for Your Pets
A lot of the over-the-counter flea sprays you’ll find at the store can be dangerous for smaller dogs and cats. Before you buy any of these, talk to your vet. Instead, you might want to try a cheap, easy, and natural solution that won’t hurt you or your pets, but will get rid of fleas.
You can make your pet’s skin taste bad to fleas, ticks, and other biting insects by adding 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar to their water bowl every day. You can do the same for yourself, too, with 2-3 teaspoons per day.
To go the extra mile to make your pets smell better to you and worse to pests by making a natural flea spray. Mix a cup of distilled or apple cider vinegar and 2-3 drops of cedar oil or lavender with a quart of fresh water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly onto your pets, or you can spray it onto a damp cloth and rub it into their fur.
With these tips, you should be able to keep your home free of fleas and ticks without getting rid of your pets or exposing them (or yourself) to any harmful chemicals. For a free inspection and assessment call Fischer Environmental today, (800) 391-2565.
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