As families tend to spend more time outdoors in the longer days of spring and summer, so too, will their pets venture outside more to accompany them in activities, exposing them to risky pests like ticks and fleas.
Likewise, tick populations increase in warmer weather, which is why the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and A1 Exterminators are reminding pet owners to take extra precautions for their furry friends.
“Nutrition, exercise, play and affection are the more commonly known basics for pet care taking, but ensuring pet safety by protecting against pests like ticks and fleas is equally important,” said Gary Weisberg, President of A1 Exterminators. “Learning how to avoid these pesky critters, from walking pets on shorter grass trails, maintaining each pet’s hygiene properly, and more, will keep owners and their four-legged family members from missing out on any spring and summer month fun.”
To help shield pets from the discomfort of ticks and fleas in their fur as pest activity increases in the warmer spring and summer months, A1 Exterminators recommends pet owners use the following tips:
- Check pets frequently for ticks and fleas. Be aware of excessive scratching and licking.
- Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where fleas and ticks often hide.
- Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
- Frequently wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys.
- Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture frequently.