How Rain Affects Your Pet’s Fleas and Ticks

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   We all love our pets, and we want to do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy. Still there are some things that naturally occur that we simply cannot control. For example, did you know that when it rains heavily it increases the flea and tick population in and around your home? You can see where I am going with this, and there are precautions you can take to be sure that you are taking the proper steps in order to protect your dog, cat, or other animal that these insects could directly affect.

   Keeping away fleas and ticks during heavy periods of rain is sometimes just a matter of keeping away the pests that carry them. For example, rats and mice carry these small insects on their furry bodies, so you should take every precaution to make sure they don’t penetrate your home’s walls by doing things like clearing the yard of debris that would attract them. This doesn’t only include trash, but also places where leaves are piled up, or where shrubs have accumulated. Rats and mice hide in these areas easily (especially in rainy weather), and they will wait in these bushy places until its quiet and dark enough to start trying to find ways into your nice dry residence.

   To be sure that fleas and ticks aren’t among you where you relax, you should vacuum a lot if you have a pet in your home. Also, simply keeping your dog, cat, or other animal(s) clean and well-groomed will help immensely, as well as taking them to the vet regularly. When it is rainy consistently, it is also a good idea to wear long sleeves and pants when going outside, especially in places where fleas and ticks frequently are. After taking all of the precautions, call a licensed exterminator to inspect your home, and give yourself the peace of mind that you need.

 

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