How to Keep Your Pets Safe from Pests
As the temperatures fall, bugs seek shelter from the cold in order to survive. Many bugs cannot survive freezing temperatures. You can keep your pets safe from this bug migration by following these easy steps.
- Regularly check your pet’s food, water and shelter for bugs – bugs are not just looking for a warm environment. Once in your home, bugs will seek to establish a food and water source in order to survive. This might be your pet’s food, water or even your pet themselves. Regularly wash your pets food and water dishes to keep bugs away.
- Remove any bedding or toys that show signs of insect activity – if you find insect activity you should wash your dog’s bedding in hot soapy water. Allow the bedding to soak for at least 15 min in order to kill fleas and their eggs.
- Store pet food in sealed containers – many bugs, such as beetles, wheat weevils, and India-meal moths, will take advantage of your pet’s food as an easy food supply. Find a container that offers an air seal. This will help keep bugs out of your pet’s food.
- Keep pets contained in a fenced yard or areas that is clear of infected areas – Fleas and ticks are very quick, especially in infected areas. If your pet enters an infested area, fleas and ticks can get on your dog within seconds. If your pet does go into unknown areas, check them for fleas and ticks as soon as possible to keep them safe from dangerous diseases such as Tapeworms, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and many others.
- Keep your yard clear of grass clippings, leaves and other organic material. These make great home for bugs.
- Most importantly, check your pets regularly for fleas and ticks, especially when they are outside of a fenced in yard or other controlled areas.
Check your pets regularly for fleas and ticks, especially when they are outside of a fenced in yard or other controlled areas.
Although bugs are not at the top of your mind during the colder winter months, don’t let your guard down. Keep your pet and your home safe from unwanted and harmful pests. With these easy tips, your furry friends can have a happy winter free of pests and bugs.