Fleas and ticks can be major concerns during the summer months. Protect your pets from these dangerous parasites.
Detecting Fleas and Ticks
If you see your precious pet scratching, that does not always indicate the presence of fleas or ticks. However, excessive scratching, biting, and rubbing against surfaces can be signs of an infestation. Signs of anxiety, such as whining and growling, can also indicate pest-related distress. Combing your pet’s hair from back to front is a great way to uncover hidden pests. The ears provide a great environment for ticks, so you should carefully check your pet’s ears for parasites. Fleas will look like moving flecks of pepper. A newly attached tick will look like a flat disk protruding from the flesh, but a feeding tick will have an engorged body.
Preventing Fleas and Ticks
Having a professional treat your yard (for ticks) and home (for fleas) is one of the most effective prevention options, and your local C.E.K. Pest control expert can apply products that specifically target these pests. You should also regularly apply an oral or topical flea and tick preventative product to your pet, as advised by your veterinarian. Many pet shampoos and powders also contain pest control compounds, so regular bathing can provide some additional protection. Additionally, flea collars and other accessories can deter parasites.
Eliminating Fleas and Ticks
Disrupting flea and tick life cycles can be difficult, so it is important to use ongoing preventative measures after you treat a flea or tick infestation. C.E.K. requires a combination of prevention, detection, and elimination tactics.