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Defending Your Home Against Fleas and Ticks

When the topic of fleas and ticks arises, most pet owners automatically look for options to help protect their furry family members from harm. But prevention doesn’t stop with topical and oral tick and flea treatments that ward off these pesky pests. Although seasonal variations can increase or decrease the pest population and have a direct impact on the likelihood of fleas and ticks coming in contact with your pet, they can also make their way into your home and secure a safe spot in which to grow and multiply. So, when it comes to pest prevention, treatment and control, keeping your home free of infestation is critical in ensuring the safety of your four-legged and human family members.

Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance to our pets, but can pose a human health hazard as well. According to Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM and consulting veterinarian for Big Barker in Greeley, CO, “One of the deadliest risks from fleas is plague.” Although it is a common misconception that the plague died out in the Middle Ages, some areas of the U.S. still carry the disease, which can be deadly to dogs, cats and people. When considering the options available to defend your home from pests, you should have a few lines of defense to create a difficult environment for these bugs to thrive in. The Advantage II Yard & Premise Spray is a great way to treat the outside perimeter of your home as well as your deck or patio. Equipped with a simple hose attachment, it effectively eliminates fleas and ticks with a coverage range of up to 16,000 square feet.

While fleas and ticks are usually considered an outdoor problem, these parasites can often enter our homes by hitching a ride on our pets. “Unlike fleas, ticks spend almost their entire life cycle on their host … making it much easier to keep [them] out of your house,” says Wooten. “Fleas, on the other hand, live part of their life cycle off the host … [hiding] in carpet and cushions, making [them] a real pain to eliminate.” As a second line of defense, try the Sentry Home Flea Free Breeze Home & Carpet Spray to deodorize surfaces and kill fleas, ticks, flea eggs and larvae for up to 210 days. This odor-eliminating spray will help keep your home clean and smelling fresh, all while creating a protective shield to break the flea life cycle and give you additional peace of mind.

According to Wooten, “Fleas can harbor Bartonella, a bacterial infection that causes cat scratch fever, trench fever and Carrion’s disease in humans [and can] transmit tapeworms to dogs, cats and [people]. Ticks are [also] known … for many different diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, tick-borne encephalitis, Colorado tick fever and many [more].” And while certain home and garden safeguards can help ward off bugs, the best way to ensure your family’s and your pet’s safety and health is to apply a preventative directly to their usual hangouts. Vet’s Best Dog Flea + Tick Home Spray is a tick and flea treatment product that uses natural key ingredients to kill pests on contact and prevent flea bites on dogs and cats. The flea spray contains a non-staining formula, which can be used on carpet, blankets and bedding, and contains no chemical pyrethrins, permethrins or cedar oil, making it a great choice for animals 12 weeks of age or older.

Depending on the severity of fleas and ticks in your area, equipping yourself with the additional protection of Vet’s Best Flea + Tick Home & Go Spray is a smart choice to help repel and control pests, including flea eggs and mosquitos, while on the go. The flea spray uses natural ingredients like peppermint oil and clove extract. It’s a great tool to help prevent bug bites by killing pests on contact and eliminating them before they have a chance to latch on and replicate. Specially designed to prevent flea bites on cats as well as dogs, the spray’s natural formula is an optimal tool for protecting you and your pets from parasite exposure.

Although small, fleas and ticks can be the root of a very large problem. Because they pose a danger and health hazard, it’s important to maintain proper tick and flea control for cats and dogs. If you have an active bug problem with a cat or dog with fleas or ticks, be sure to speak with your veterinarian regarding the best ways to eliminate the issue. Just remember, staying informed and being diligent with prevention will help keep you and your furry best friend happy and healthy.