5 Ways to Fight Fleas and Ticks

As a good pet parent, you may very well have dealt with fleas at some point. It’s a horrible feeling to watch your beloved pet scratch themselves, and realize that your furry buddy has fleas. Fleas are not just a disgusting nuisance: they can transmit dangerous diseases, and can also infest your pet with other parasites. In this article, a local Lafayette, LA vet lists five ways to fight fleas.

Parasite Control

First and foremost, be sure to keep up with your pet’s parasite control products. Many people prefer topical drops, which are effective and easy to use, and don’t make a mess. However, there are many different options available today, from collars to sprays to shampoos. Ask your vet for recommendations, and follow all instructions to the letter.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming your home regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep these unwanted visitors out of your home. Do high-traffic spots and your pet’s favorite napping places daily, and vacuum the whole house thoroughly every week. As soon as you’re done, empty the canister into a plastic bag, then seal the bag and take it outdoors.

Laundry

Wash your furry pal’s bedding about once a week. Use hot water and unscented detergent, and dry it on the highest cycle. You also want to avoid leaving clothes on the floor, as piles of clothing (such as one might find in a teenager’s room) can make inviting habitats for unwelcome guests.

Landscaping

Fleas and ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Trim back overhanging branches, so that your yard gets as much sunlight as possible. Keep your lawn neatly mowed, and remove piles of debris, such as dead leaves or fallen branches. If you have shrubs, trim them back so that they are not touching the walls of your house: otherwise, you may be giving bugs easy access.

Pest Control

Pesticides can be very effective, though you want to be sure to choose methods that are safe for your beloved pet. Ask your vet and/or landscaper for recommendations. You can also try sprinkling food-grade diatomaceous earth around your windowsills and doorframes. It’s safe for pets and people, although you do want to take care not to inhale it, but it will kill harmful bugs.

Does your pet need parasite control? Contact us, your Lafayette, LA animal clinic, today. We’re here to help!

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