Regardless if it is the summer, spring or winter, it is important to protect your pets from pests. Unlike the common belief that pests such as fleas, ticks and heartworm either die or remain dormant during the winter, that is not the case. Often times these pests are just as active during the cold months as they are in the summer. With that being the case, it is still important to protect your pet against pests all year around. Here is a list of four ways to do that.
Probably the most well-known form of preventative medicine to keep pests at bay is the topical treatment for fleas and ticks. This specially designed solution can be found at most stores, including but not limited to, Petsmart, Walmart and Petco, not to mention your local veterinary clinic. This treatment is usually good for one month and is applied between the dog or cat’s shoulder blades.
DIY Natural Treatment
Sticking to natural treatment methods have been a popular method of keeping ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and other pests away from your pet. One common natural remedy is through using essential oils. The best oils to use to repel pests are peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree and rosemary. The easiest way to apply these oils is through diluting them in water and using a spray bottle to apply it to your pet’s coat every other day. The best part about these natural treatments is that they not only protect your pet, but they make them smell good too. An important note, do not use essential oils on cats as they are more sensitive. Visit Pinterest to get inspired, find recipes and discover combinations of essential oils.
Maintain Your Home
Aside from topical treatments, keeping your home clean is another great way to protect your pets from pests. Vacuuming the carpet daily will minimize critters. Eliminating standing water in your home is another great way to keep pests away. Like humans, insects need water to survive, so making it not as readily available to them is best.
When the winter months roll around, make sure you maintain the leaves and other debris in your yard. Insects like to hide and keep warm in piles of leaves whether they are in your rain gutters or on the grass. It is also important to keep your lawn trimmed as bugs love to live in long grass.
Call a Professional
Above all, the best way to keep your animals safe from pests is through regular treatments with professional pest control companies. You can trust Peace of Mind Pest Control Inc. to keep your home and pets clear of pests. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.