Pacific Coast Tick (Dermacentor occidentlis)

Beat the Bite of Disease-Carrying Ticks

ABC said it, The New York Times reported it, and even The Wall Street Journal wrote about it— it’s a good year to be a bug – and the big bad, blood-sucking tick is no exception.

The milder-than-average winter that much of the country celebrated last year has a dark side: the potential for much greater tick infestations. Where deep freezes did not occur to kill off many adults, the spring is bringing with it a large, aggressive tick population. These ticks are ready to bite, and whether it’s you or your pet, they’re out for blood.

So why is this important? Well, first of all, ticks are not only creepy-crawly, they are also nothing to be messed with! They love to snack on your furry friends’ flesh. But that’s not all. They carry Lyme disease and other dangerous diseases that, trust me, neither you or your pet wants. And ticks can hitch a ride on your pet, then move on to YOU!

Instead of explaining how to remove a tick properly or how to identify the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, I am going to tell you how to fight those evil parasites before they find a home on your pet’s tasty flesh, or yours.

The key is to be proactive. Treat your pets now. In fact, treating your pets year-round is ideal. SENTRY Fiproguard, which has the same active ingredient as Frontline brand products, kills ticks and prevents them from latching on to your pet’s skin. I recommend this product and Sergeant’s Pronyl OTC, because it works fast, doesn’t cost a fortune and maintains high efficacy for 30 days. Click on the link to find out where to buy these products.

If your pet has already been attacked by these pesky pests, SENTRY Fiproguard MAX and Pronyl OTC MAX starts to kill them in minutes. And remember, just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not there!

This season, don’t mess around with the ticks or the 3,000-plus eggs they could deposit onto your carpet, sofa, bed, pet’s bed or either you or your pet’s skin. Do what you can to prevent ticks from entering your home and your flesh. For more information about ticks, why they’re very bad bugs, or what to do to get rid of them, visit Sergeant’s Flea, Tick and Pest Center.

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