Preparing Your Yard for Flea and Tick Season

According to research done by the Department of Parasitology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in Alabama, fleas spend only about 20 percent of their time on your pet. The rest of their lifespan is spent free ranging in your home! So it’s easy to understand how quickly a flea infestation can get out of control.

If your have carpets, fleas like to reside in a pile, hopping on to your pet for a quick snack and then embedding themselves back in the carpeting. The problem is that it can take only one bite from a flea for a cat or dog to develop allergy dermatitis, which causes hair to fall out. It can also lead to tapeworm, which, in turn, can cause diarrhea, weight loss and even seizures.

When it comes to cats, the strongest line of defense to keeping your home flea free is to ensure they have an indoors-only lifestyle. And, as long as they don’t have access to any other pets, it’s easier to maintain a flea-free environment. But it’s also important to use a flea and tick preventive, just in case those pesky parasites get into the home.

Of course, if you also have a dog, it’s necessary to be extra vigilant that your pooch doesn’t pick up any fleas outdoors and bring them back inside. The same applies to any canine visitors that may come to your home, too.

Flea and tick control products such as PetArmor Plus IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) kills adults fleas, ticks and chewing lice as well as flea eggs and thus stops the reinfestation cycle.

And when it comes to indoor environmental control, there are three types of products designed to control fleas indoors: foggers, inverted sprays and powders. An inverted spray is an easy one to use because you can easily control where it goes and you can target the suspect zones.

For outdoor control, there is a plethora of flea and tick prevention products, too, such as SentryHome Yard and Premise Flea and Tick Spray which is a broad-spectrum insecticide intended to keep your yard, pets and landscaping free from common pests.

The spray is packaged in concentrate form with a hose-end sprayer for easy application around the yard.

It’s important to follow all label directions and ensure that pets are kept off of treated areas until dry and even longer if that’s what the label suggests. It’s also important to remember that pets lick what is on their paws!

 

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