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Protecting Pets During Tick Season in Springfield

July 25, 2018

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In: Ticks

Have you ever wondered how your pet picks up ticks, even though they mainly stay around your yard, your driveway, and inside your home? These pests always seem to find a way to get on our pets, but how do they do it? Dealing with ticks can be aggravating, but the more you know about ticks and how your pets acquire them, the easier it will be for you to get the help you need to reduce the threat of ticks on your property.

When outdoors, ticks mainly attach themselves to wildlife like deer, squirrels, mice, and other animals which then carry them into areas of tall grass, fields, trees, bushes, lawns, and debris. The ticks then remain hidden in these overgrown areas, lying in wait for another host to come along; this is when your pet comes along and inadvertently comes into contact with these tiny pests, allowing them to latch on. Ticks will sometimes even hitch a ride indoors on a shoe or pant leg; they will then find themselves on a pet bed, carpet, or floor where they will begin seeking their next blood meal.

Pets need a tick preventative treatment that has been prescribed to them by your veterinarian to protect them from these disease-spreading pests as a tick on your pet may be undetectable. It is imperative that you thoroughly inspect your pets when they come indoors as well, especially during the peak of tick season. Pet owners should also check for ticks after spending any time outdoors as pets and humans can pass them to each other.

To avoid tick problems inside your home, vacuum all of your carpets, pet areas, bedding, and kennels on a regular basis. The tick population in your yard can be reduced by keeping your lawn cut short and any wooded areas around your property trimmed back. Another helpful tip to keep these pests away is to use an insect repellent that also works to repel ticks and wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants tucked into socks, and a hat when spending time outside.

If the tick populations in your backyard are out of control and are forcing you, your family members, and your pets to stay indoors instead of getting out and enjoying your property, it is extremely important that you bring a professional pest control provider onboard. American Pest Solutions has knowledgeable technicians that can help guard you, your family and your pets from the dangers of ticks and tick-borne illnesses. Our Mosquito and Tick Guard services are highly effective at reducing tick and mosquito populations so that you and your pets can enjoy your Springfield property once again. Contact us at American Pest Solutions to find out more about our Mosquito and Tick Guard services today!

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