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Do you have a furry family member? If so, you are probably aware that your pets can be the target of pests, and there is a good chance you've already taken steps to protect them. But, what you may not know is just how much of a threat pests can be. Some bugs can spread diseases to your pet, like Lyme disease. Some bugs carry secondary pests, like parasites and worms. Roundworm, which affects both dogs and cats, is a treatable issue that can lead to death if not treated. Here are 5 of the most common pests that will target your pets, and what you need to know.

Ticks

(Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Colorado tick fever, tick paralysis and tularemia)

There are many diseases that your pets can get from ticks. Prevention is linked to control of where you allow your pets to go. Avoid tall grass and wooded areas, if possible. When at home, it is wise to keep your pets in a fenced in area or on a leash when they are outside. And keeping wildlife out of your yard will lower tick populations.

Mosquitoes

(West Nile virus, encephalitis, heartworm, and roundworm)

Reduce areas of standing water and moisture in your yard. Make sure all of your door and window screens are in working condition. Consider having regular mosquito reduction service done by a professional.

Fleas

(Tapeworm, plague)

Veterinarian prescribed flea collars and flea baths are great for keeping this pest out of your home, but remember that fleas can come into your home on other creatures too. If you see signs of rodents in your home, be sure to address it quickly or you may find yourself with a secondary pests problem.

Botfly

(Larvae that works its way to the brain)

These flies lay their eggs in the ears of mammals. Most often, their target is cattle, horses, and other farm animals. But they will also target dogs and cats. The only protection there is against botflies is to apply a veterinarian-prescribed topical mosquito repellent if you are concerned about botfly exposure.

Mites

(Skin irritation, infection)

There are many types of mites. They can get into your pets' ears, bore into their skin, and bite them. This can lead to mange and other skin conditions. While mange can be treated, it is unpleasant for your pet. Reducing wildlife traffic in your yard can have an effect on mite populations.

When it comes to protecting your pets, a comprehensive plan always includes the assistance of an educated and experienced pest control professional, like the technicians here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. It is not enough to put products on, or inside, your pet's system to ward off pests. If you'd like more information, feel free to ask us right here online, or give us a call.


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