Comparing Flea and Tick Prevention Methods
Fleas and ticks are common among pets, especially dogs. However, ticks also favor humans as well. In comparing flea and tick prevention methods, once the signs are recognized you can effectively deal with the problem at hand.
Fleas tend to migrate indoors and outdoors. As they feed off your pet, they multiply. Thus, a visit to the vet is indicated so that he can offer preventative treatment. There is a flea-comb available to brush your pet as an immediate deterrent. Keep in mind that while the there is no known treatment to destroy the fleas the medication prescribed will effectively prevent the fleas from procreating.
It will also be necessary to thoroughly clean your entire home. Vacuum everywhere, including rugs, carpets, sofas and chairs; then wash down every room and piece of furniture in your home with bleach. Ensure all windows are open before you commence cleaning. Take everything that can be washed and put it in the washer and dryer.
As for the front lawn or yard, you may have to call in a professional who can rid all outdoor areas of fleas. Before doing so, however, find out what type of chemicals the professional may use and then talk to your vet to determine if these chemicals will have an effect on your pet.
If you find this is not suitable, there is a product called diatomaceous earth which is non-toxic and organic. Considered safe to use (although a mask should be worn when it is spread around the infected areas) it will not harm your pet or family members.
The next step is to get rid of anything your pet has been sleeping on, feeding out of, or playing with.
Ticks are nasty critters. They can cause a myriad of diseases in humans and pets. To prevent ticks from attacking your pet and you, here are some suggestions:
When taking your pet out for a walk or, for that matter, hiking or vacationing at a camp site, avoid those areas where ticks commonly migrate; dense brush, wooded areas and areas that are cool and offer shade. Try not to brush again small trees as well.
Always check to see if any ticks have attached themselves to your person. Wear clothing that is light in color so that you can see the ticks more easily. Bring along the flea-comb and frequently brush your pet when you are outdoors.
While ticks are often found on pets, they are notorious for getting into clothing. If you are out with your pet in an area such as the ones described earlier, ensure you are fully covered from head to toe.
Ticks cause Lyme disease and are active year round. The active months for immature ticks are May and June and the adult ticks are most active in October and November in temperatures of 35 degrees or higher. Symptoms of a tick bite include: headache, pain and swelling in the joints, rash and symptoms mimicking the flu.
The more you know about fleas and ticks, the more you will be able to prevent them from infesting your home, infecting your pets and your family.
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