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Pets and Pests: Preventing Fido from Tracking In Ticks and Other Pests

Dog with fleas scratching neck.

Tips for Keeping Fleas and Ticks Outside

Thanks to a mild winter and a blazing hot summer, pest populations are especially bold this year. If you live near areas of high grass or weeds, you may have a number of unwanted pests just waiting to hitch a ride inside. This makes it especially important to be vigilant about keeping your indoor/outdoor pets protected from fleas and ticks: Not only will pest prevention protect your pet, it will save your family from unwanted and itchy house guests.

How Fleas and Ticks Get Inside the Home

Outside, pests often shelter among tall grass and overgrown areas, waiting for possible victims to pass through. As blood-suckers, fleas and ticks are especially sensitive to warm bodies and potential hosts. It only takes a few moments for a flea to jump onto a dog or a tick to latch onto your pet’s skin, and once hidden under the fur, they can be transported inside with ease.

Once indoors, these pests can begin to multiply and spread, infesting your other household pets as well as harassing you and your family. It’s easier to prevent an infestation than to deal with one that’s already spread, so knowing how to protect your home from intruders is your best defense against them.

Tips for Protecting Your Family

If you live in an area prone to fleas and ticks, here are some important steps for protecting your home:

Being vigilant about protecting your dog from pests can help to keep your home safe as well. If you do suspect that you have a pest problem or are struggling with fleas and ticks even after following these steps, be sure to contact Burns Pest Elimination for help!