6 Tips for Steering Clear of Fleas & Ticks Outdoors
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The more attention you pay to fleas and ticks outside the home, the easier it is to keep them there. Read on for six ways to protect your pets and family.
Treat Fleas Indoors and Outdoors
Many people forget that their pets also spend time outside in the yard. If your dog or cat spends a lot of time outdoors, this will be where the majority of the flea population is also living. Even if you have treated your pet for the fleas, the problem may persist because the fleas still have a proximal advantage to your home.
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Do Your Yard Work for Pest-Free Pets
Keeping your yard debris-free should help break the flea and tick life cycle. Fleas prefer shady, miost areas, while ticks go for tall grass and branches.
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Track Tick Migration
Tick migration is on the rise. In recent years, ticks that were more commonly found in the southern part of the country have started to expand their populations into northern areas that were previously too cold for them. No matter where you live, using tick prevention medications, and having your pets screened for various tick-borne diseases is essential year-round.
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Learn Where Fleas Focus
While fleas may be found anywhere in the country, they are found in greater numbers in areas with higher humidity levels and warmer temperatures.
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Make Your Yard a Priority
Consider using one of the various household and yard sprays or granular treatments that are available from your veterinarian, pet store or local garden center. Just be careful when using these products, as they can be harmful to animals, fish, and humans. If you have a severe problem or you are concerned about the proper handling of these chemicals, you might want to consider hiring an exterminator to apply yard and area flea and tick sprays.
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Don’t Use DEET
Just as you need protection from pests, so does your dog, but keep DEET-containing products away from dogs. They are designed for humans and not pets. DEET is highly toxic for pets. Talk to your dog’s veterinarian for recommendations on pest repellent products that are safe for dogs.
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Jessica is a managing editor and spends her days trying not to helicopter parent her beloved shelter pup, Darwin.