The things you need to know. The fast reproduction and evolution of fleas and ticks, and the dangers of untreated pets.
Your guide to control those pesky critters without the expense of your dogs health.
We all know how much of a pain it is to deal with ticks and fleas, but the worst part is not being able to find a reliable solution. Flea collars are the most common but is it really effective?
Well, maybe from the neck up…lol.
Fleas and ticks are not only harmful to your pets but can also be a danger to humans if bitten and untreated.
Here is what we think about it.
Frontline and Advantix can not only be expensive but have in some cases has left burns in the treatment area, irritation and worst of all can be toxic to your pet but like with everything, make sure that you do your research on the ingredients and speak to your vet closely about your concerns.
First thing to do is to treat your home and yard regularly, even though sometimes when your neighbors don’t stay on top of theirs. It makes a difference.
WHAT DISEASES DO FLEAS TRANSMIT?
Fleas can transmit:
- A tapeworm called Dipylidium caninum
- Haemobartonellosis which affects red blood cells
- Another parasite called Dipetalonema reconditum
- Plague caused by Yersinia pestis
- Typhus caused by Rickettsia typhi
- Tularemia caused by Francisella tularensis
Ticks are the worst, not only are they UGLY they give your pet the “Jeebies”. They love the country side but you also have those city slicking ticks where you least expect them. Most of the time it is seasonal but with a close eye it can be controlled. They can give your dog diseases. A tick’s diet consists of blood and only blood. The ticks imbed its mouthparts into the animal’s (or human’s) skin and sucks the blood. Except for the eggs, ticks require a blood meal to progress to each successive stage in their life cycle. Each female tick lays approximately 3,000 eggs.
Tick control in the environment generally involves removing tick habitat. Removing leaves and clearing brush and tall grass from around the house and kennel areas can help reduce the number of ticks.
Because rodents, deer, and other animals can harbor ticks, it is important to control these animals as well.
Remember the cold, frosty fall weather does not kill ticks, in fact, that is when the deer tick numbers are at their peak. In Northern, Wisconsin, the best time to contract Lyme Disease is during September, October, and November since the deer tick is the primary carrier. The point here is that environmental control needs to continue into the fall and early winter.
The Brown Dog Tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus is the most troublesome tick in kennels and yards and is found almost everywhere. It can complete its life cycle in about 2 months, and although uncommon, it can become established indoors. If you do encounter an indoor tick problem, then use a flea and tick fogger. Fog as you would for fleas. In the house, ticks tend to crawl to a higher area (like they do in grass).
They may be found in cracks around windows and doors. Because of this tendency and the fact that ticks crawl, and do not jump or fly, another option is to apply a 1-foot barrier of insecticide such as a flea and tick powder where the carpet meets the wall around the entire room.
As a result, ticks moving to the walls to climb higher will come in contact with the insecticide and be killed. And, finally, remember to wash the pet’s bedding regularly.
WHAT DISEASES DO TICKS TRANSMIT?
Ticks can transmit or cause:
- Babesiosis (Piroplasmosis)
- Haemobartonellosis in Dogs and Cats
- Hepatozoonosis Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Tick Paralysis
- Tularemia in Dogs and Cats
This is a friendly reminder that flea and tick season is here.
You can use the flea and tick seasonal map below to see the duration of your stateâ€™s season. Be aware that flea and tick season has slight regional variations.
Pets that come in with fleas or ticks are required to have a mandatory flea and tick bath at the owners expense.