How to Protect Your Pet From Fleas, Ticks, and Mosquitos

Ah, Spring is here! And so are fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. They want to suck your blood and your pets’ blood.

Prevention is the best way to protect yourself and your pets from these parasites. Even when you use a superior formulary (topical, collar, or pill form), ticks, fleas, and mosquitos can still find ways in to your house, bite you or your pet. They may die but not before they do their damage. 

There are other things you can do to protect your environment:

  • Keep your house clean. Seriously! Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. Fleas like to hide in upholstery, pet bedding and even in the cracks of your floorboards.
  • Keep your grass short and trimmed along the perimeter of your yard. Adult ticks like to attach about 18”-24” off the ground and will snag anything that passes by.
  • Don’t allow stagnant water to collect on your property to eliminate mosquito nesting and breeding sites. Commonly overlooked are the water basins of flower pots, birdbaths, clogged gutters, and swimming pool covers.
  • Always check your pet after it has been out. Invest in a good flea comb and look for ticks in all places, like between toes and inside the ears.
  • Minimize pets outdoor exposure between dusk and dawn when mosquito activity is peaking.

Sources for this article include:

ASPCA

Pest World