Protect Pets from Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes

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Pests including ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are out in full force, their heavy populations and early arrival an effect of an especially wet, warm spring. Pet owners should be cautious this season, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says, as dogs, cats and other pets are especially susceptible to health risks exposed by such pests.

Mosquitoes can transmit heartworms to pets, which can result in severe lung and heart disease. Ticks spread bacteria to pets that can cause diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. More, female ticks can cause a condition called "tick paralysis" if they attach near a pet's spinal cord. This condition causes muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in some cases, death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed.

The saliva of fleas can cause anemia, dermatitis, and transfer tapeworms in pets. Fleas also have an extraordinary ability to jump great heights, which allows them to easily hitchhike into a home while hidden in the fur of a family pet. Once inside, fleas quickly multiply and infest bedding, furniture and clothing.

"Pet owners should take special care to protect their pets from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes this season," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. "Always inspect pets' coats thoroughly after they spend time outdoors and work with a pest professional if these pests make their way indoors."

YNN Albany reports, pets are at greater risk this year as well in and around the Albany area. "Usually we say seasonally, so spring and fall for tick prevention, summer for flea prevention, kind of cater to each person's needs. This year we kind of had to use it all year around, and that was surprising for us," said Melinda Schwoegler, veterinarian.

The NPMA also recommends these tips to keep your pet safe from pests:

Keep an eye on pets for excessive scratching or licking.

Avoid walking pets in tall grass where pests often gather.

Wash pet bedding, plush toys, and vacuum frequently.

Talk to your veterinarian about treatment options to protect your pet, and seek medical advice if ticks or fleas are found on your pet.

If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.

Living in and around the Capital Region it is inevitable this summer you and your pets will be outside enjoying the sun, your property, family and friends. NPMA and Thomas Pest Services offer these simple tips, to reduce mosquitoes, fleas and ticks from affecting your pet. Unfortunately, keeping these insects away from your property is nearly impossible, but our outdoor services can help. With simple precautions you can potentially avoid encounters with these biting insects. Thomas Pest Services, your pest control experts can help reduce you and your families’ risk. If you live in Clifton Park or elsewhere in the Capital Region and need assistance getting rid of ticks or other mosquito/tick control, fill out our contact form today!

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