Even in the midst of a hot Arkansas summer, we tend to make our way outside. It’s in our nature, as Arkansans, to enjoy walks, visit theme parks and go on vacations across our beautiful state. And when we take these outdoor excursions, the whole family tags along – including our pets! Most of us consider our pets as family members; so it’s only natural that we want to include them in our summer activities.
Unfortunately, letting Fido or Mittens tag along with means they’re exposed to the pesky pests of the great outdoors. In the midst of summer, those little critters will hitch a ride on your pet faster than an egg can fry in the blazing summer heat. When those pests like fleas and ticks attach to our pets, they can ultimately become a problem for humans, too.
Luckily, there are treatments for both your pet and your home to help prevent those fleas and ticks from becoming a problem. Our experts at Clark Exterminating put together a few tips to keep in mind that will help protect yourself and your pets this summer from fleas and ticks.
Invest in a flea and tick protection product for your pet.
Whether you have a cat or a dog, protecting them against fleas and ticks is the first step in keeping these pests out of your home. Most vets sell flea and tick treatments in their offices. Your vet can lead you in the right direction on which treatment is best for your precious pet.
Fleas and ticks can carry diseases that can lead to sickness for your pet. If you stay ahead of the problem, you’ll save yourself and your pet a whole host of problems. Your pet will thank you!
There are endless products out there for flea and tick prevention, but they aren’t fail-proof. If you’re petting Fluffy at the end of the day and you notice a flea or tick, act fast. If you can, remove the tick with a pair of tweezers and clean the affected area with alcohol. If you notice the affected area starts looking red, swollen, or anything that causes you concern – take your pet to your vet and seek treatment. One flea or tick can turn into a lot of fleas and ticks in a hurry.
Even though it’s hot, it’s important to maintain your yard during the summer. Keeping grass and other weeds cut short in areas where your pets may tread can help keep pests away. Tallgrass is a prime location for fleas and ticks to hide out until something (whether it’s you or your pet) comes along.
Seek out pest control.
Fleas and ticks make their way inside our home from the outside with the help of our pets. Although our pets help bring these pesky pests inside, there are various types of home and yard treatments that can prevent that from happening. It’s true that you can find some yard treatments at most home improvement stores; however, we recommend letting a professional handle the job. Your favorite pest professionals at Clark Exterminating can help keep those bugs out for good.
Even if your bug problem is something other than fleas and ticks, Clark Exterminating has a solution. We service most of central Arkansas and would love to help solve your bug problem. We’ve been in the pest control business for over 30 years, and have experienced technicians to help you. Give us a call for a quote today.
Little Rock: 501-228-0322
North Little Rock: 501-725-0614
Hot Springs: 501-623-2335