Ticks are a major concern for anyone who spends time outdoors, but there’s no reason to let these pests keep you from enjoying outdoor adventures with your furry friends this summer. Read on to learn how to protect pets from tick bites from the expert exterminators at Progressive Pest Control.
Get your property treated for ticks.
While spraying for ticks will not guarantee complete elimination, it’s a good way to reduce their numbers in areas of your property that you, your pets, and other family members frequent. Contact us to set up an inspection or treatment for your yard.
Make your yard uninviting to ticks and other pests.
At our Northeast Atlanta pest control company, we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to provide the best outcomes for our clients. This means that in addition to the use of pesticides when necessary, we also advise the use of non-chemical tactics to discourage ticks from inhabiting your yard, including:
- Placing a 3-ft wide border of gravel or wood chips between lawns and wooded areas of your property.
- Keeping your lawn tidy with frequent mowing and clearing tall grass and brush from around lawns and outdoor living spaces.
- Removing leaf litter, plant debris, old furniture, and other detritus that can give ticks shelter.
Use a tick preventative.
There are many tick and flea preventatives for dogs and cats on the market today; ask your veterinarian which one they recommend for your pets. It’s especially important to apply a tick preventative to your dog if she accompanies you on hikes or walks through woods and tall grass. The same treatment may not be suitable for cats as they are more sensitive to certain chemicals, so ask your veterinarian before administering a tick preventative to your cat.
Check for ticks.
If you and your furry friend have been in a wooded or grassy area, it’s important to check yourself and your pet for ticks. According to the CDC, signs of tickborne illness may take 7-21 days to appear, so it’s important to check your pets for ticks daily after they’ve spent time outdoors.
Don’t wait to protect your animals from tick bites! Give us a call to schedule your Northeast Atlanta pest control service and keep your home pest-free inside and out.