Summer may be winding down, but your pets will likely still be spending a good amount of time outside for several more months into the fall. Protecting your dogs and cats from fleas is an important part of taking good care of them. Read on for helpful tips about defending your pets from fleas.
Safely Using Flea Control on Pets
Flea control products can be a great option when it comes to keep your animals flea-free. However, misuse of these products can cause serious problems, so it is important to read the label and follow all instructions carefully. Here are some more safety tips from the EPA:
- Consult your veterinarian about the best way to to protect your pets from fleas and ticks and whether pesticides are even needed.
- Take extra care before use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.
- Use flea and tick control products only on the animal specified by the product label — for example, dog products for dogs only, and cat products for cats only.
- Do not apply to kittens or puppies unless the product label specifically allows this treatment. Pay attention to the age restrictions for puppies and kittens on the label.
- Monitor your pet for side effects or signs of sensitivity after applying the product, particularly when using the product on your pet for the first time. Do not apply spot-ons to pets known to be sensitive to pesticide products.
- If your pet experiences an adverse reaction, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water.
- Keep the package with the product container (such as individual applicator tubes). Also keep the package after treatment in case adverse effects occur. You will want to have the instructions at hand, as well as contact information for the manufacturer.
Flea Control in Greensboro, Winston-Salem & Beyond
Anyone who has ever experienced a flea infestation knows they are no fun. There are ways to prevent, reduce or eliminate flea infestations, though, including:
- Vacuum regularly, even daily. Be sure not to miss carpets, cushioned furniture and any cracks and crevices. Steam cleaning carpets may also be useful.
- Wash all bedding, including pet bedding, every 2-3 weeks in hot, soapy water.
- Use flea combs on your pets to remove fleas, flea feces, and dried blood.
- Think about keeping pets indoors.
Another way to keep your home and yard pest-free is by choosing Go-Forth Pest Control for high-quality flea control. Our Greensboro and Winston-Salem pest control experts can effectively treat and eliminate fleas without sacrificing the safety of your family or your pets. Check out our My Elite and My Elite Plus programs, or contact us to learn more at (336) 841-6111.