There are over 2,200 species of fleas and ticks, but it only requires one of these parasites to create misery for your dog. They can find their way to your pet through various ways and will then seek haven in the warm fur of your best friend. They feed on your pet's blood for survival. Once they are nourished, they will lay over 2,000 eggs a week. There are various preventative methods you can use to rid your pet of these pesky insects.
Make Your Environment Safer
The most common way for your pet to become infested is if a stray household pet or wildlife is laying female parasite eggs. These eggs are then shed off into your environment. The eggs will develop into adults and jump on your pet. Keeping your pet away from woods or high grassy areas will reduce the potential chance of tick invasions. Since they can live well over a year without feeding, they can lie in wait for Fido to walk right into their trap. It might also be wise to spread flea and tick granule pesticides on your lawn once a year to keep these bugs from invading your lawn and your pets.
Preventing Skin Irritation
By not applying topical ointment to your pet, they will scratch until their skin bleeds. This is because the parasites are blood suckers and can also transmit tapeworms. This can cause variations of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. These diseases can kill your pet and have the potential to be transmitted to you and your family. If you see that your pet is excessively scratching, you need to give them a flea shampoo bath. These are specialized shampoos that will kill ticks, eggs, and larvae. This is only a temporary solution but will create relief to your pet.
The parasites worsen from one season to another, depending on the region you live. Ticks have different biologics and behavior, which depends on the fur on your pet. For long haired animals, ticks may gravitate towards your pet during the fall season so they can keep warm. Others may prefer to infect your pet during January so they can keep dry. It's advised that you apply topical ointment to your pet's neck monthly to avoid seasonal outbreaks. You can purchase these ointments at any major drug or pet store. Using these products monthly will break the cycle of infestation, which will result in not having to use flea shampoos or flea collars.
There are two types of collars, standard and ultrasonic. The ultrasonic is a collar that sits on your pet's neck, like any typical collar. They are designed to transmit a sound that only parasites can hear when they're near. The standard version emits a scent that kills off the parasites. These are quite popular remedies but will only kill off nearby parasites in close proximity to the collar and won't kill the eggs or larvae.
Cleaning Your Home
The parasites will fall from your pet to the floor, when your dog or cat is rolling around to rid themselves from the itching. They will then get on your carpet, rugs, and any corners they can find a warm and dark environment. Steaming your carpet and rug will remove the bugs, larvae, and eggs. You may also need to boil your sofa cushions, pet bedding, and removable couch coverings. This will kill off the larvae and eggs.
There are over 2,000 types of fleas and ticks in nature, but it only takes one to wreak havoc. Shampoo your pet with a specific flea product to rid your pet of these parasites. Then apply a monthly topical ointment to the neck to avoid future infestation. If your pet does have repeated infestations, avoid woodland or park areas. Spray your yard with the many pesticides that are on the market. Clean your home and boil your loose furniture fabrics to kill off any remaining bugs.