Warm weather means more outdoor fun… and more fleas & ticks

While fleas and ticks are a year-round threat, they are most prevalent during summer months because they thrive on warm weather and high humidity. Protect your pets this summer! Your yard and home may be a desirable habitat for these insects without you even knowing. It’s important to have a multi-pronged approach to protecting your pets and your home from these pesky pests as they bring the threat of disease to both you and your pet! Here are a few things you can do:

ON YOUR PETS and INSIDE YOUR HOME

  • Keep your pet clean and well-groomed.
  • Launder pet bedding routinely.
  • Use a flea and tick preventative medication. For best results, these preventive medications should be used year-round.

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OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

  • Keep your grass trimmed.
  • Remove leaves and other debris routinely.
  • Seal off crawl spaces and remove access to sheds and containers that may serve as habitats for wildlife that could bring fleas and ticks on to your property.
  • Trim bushes and trees with low-hanging branches to reduce shaded areas.
  • Consider treating your yard with an outdoor flea treatment. Place a higher focus on treating shaded areas as these are prime spots for fleas and ticks.

It only takes a few weeks for a flea or tick infestation to develop in or around your home. And once an infestation occurs, it can take up to several months to clear up. That’s why a comprehensive flea and tick prevention program is important to implement year-round and involves treating both your pets and your home environment.

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