McEwen Animal Clinic

9103 US Hwy 70 East
McEwen, TN 37101

(931)582-3019

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Flea and Tick Control

 

If your pets have fleas and/or ticks, you have no doubt gone to great lengths to treat them and to control the fleas and ticks. You have probably vacuumed the house and car from top to bottom, and washed everything in sight in your efforts to get rid of these pesky blood sucking parasites. There is yet another step you will need to take to make sure all your efforts are worthwhile.

 

 

Break The Life Cycle

 

The majority of the flea population is living out doors. 

TREAT YOUR YARD even if you only have strictly indoor pets! 

Even if you have treated your pet for the fleas, the problem may persist because the fleas still have a proximal advantage to your home. Fleas and/or ticks can be brought inside the home by you, attaching to shoes and clothing for a ride inside!  And remember, fleas can live on your blood, too, not just your pet’s. So, along with the inside of the house, you will need to give the yard some attention in order to bring an infestation under control.

 

Control Tips

The following tips may help to prevent, reduce, or eliminate flea infestations:

Vacuuming on a daily basis to remove eggs, larvae and adults is the best method for initial control of a flea infestation. It is important to vacuum the following areas: carpets, cushioned furniture, cracks and crevices on floors, along baseboards and the basement.

 

·   Steam cleaning carpets may also help as the hot steam and soap can kill fleas in all stages of the life cycle. Pay particular attention to areas where pets sleep.

·   Wash all pet bedding and family bedding on which pets lie in hot, soapy water every two to three weeks. If an infestation is severe, discard old pet bedding and replace it with fresh, clean material.

·   Flea combs are very effective tools in the suppression of adult fleas. They allow hair to pass through the tines but not the fleas, removing fleas as well as flea feces and dried blood. Focus combing on those parts of the pet where the most fleas congregate, usually the neck or tail area. When fleas are caught, deposit them in hot soapy water to kill them.

·  Consider keeping pets indoors.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following ways to reduce ticks in your yard:

·   Modify your landscape to create Tick Safe Zones. To do this, keep play areas and playground equipment away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation. Also, regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas.

·   Provide a vegetation-free play area. Keep play areas and playground equipment away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation.

·   Use a chemical control agent. Effective tick control chemicals are available for use by the homeowner, or they can be applied by a professional pest control expert, and even limited applications can greatly reduce the number of ticks. A single springtime application of acaricide can reduce the population of ticks that cause Lyme disease by 68-100%.

·   Discourage deer. Removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.

Cody Conner, Frisbee Extraordinaire