Tick Population On The Rise In NE, Make Sure To Protect Your Pet.

Eric Richmond May 27, 2014

Here in New England, it’s tick season. According to the CDC, though the rate of tick population and Lyme disease are decreasing nationally, in New England they’ve been on the rise, and this season is said to be one of the worst. If you have a dog or a cat, you need to be extra careful. We humans may get a tick every now and then after strolling through the woods or going for a hike, but generally we’re pretty weary of brushing up against wild leaves, grass, and brush. Pets however, not so much. Here are a few things to think about this tick season to keep your pets and your home safe.

Use tick preventative measures for your pet
These days there is truly a plethora of anti-tick options for your pet. There are topical powders, sprays, medical spot-on treatments (the health of which is controversial), tick collars, shampoos, and monthly oral medications. All of these require professional expertise to ensure proper usage and dosage, but these solutions can dramatically cut down the likelihood of ticks on your pet and in your home.

Keep your pet fenced off or indoors
Keeping your pet indoors as much as possible during the height of the tick season is certainly a safe idea. Of course, pets have to go out eventually, so having a well groomed yard that doesn’t easily retain ticks will certainly help. Keep brush and yard waste cleaned and trimmed. There’s also many yard sprays and granular treatments that you can apply to your yard to help stave off ticks. Although available in many home and garden stores, these treatments can be tricky and even unhealthy if used improperly. Before you jump into the deep end with store bought chemicals and treatments, contact pest control professionals and decide what option is right for you.

Ticks are a real pest, but with proper thought and a few good measures, you can protect your home, your yard, and your family from ticks. Call Ransford Pest Control today to request a home pest inspection.

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