Don’t Let Fleas and Ticks Hound You

Hot weather brings the start of flea and tick season. May through September is the worst time of the year for fleas and ticks. In the U.S. there are more than 200 species of fleas and 200 different types of ticks just waiting for you or your pet to walk by. Fleas and ticks are usually brought into homes by dogs and cats. Your pet can get them from contact with an infected animal at the dog park or from brushing up against them while burrowing in the brush. My neighbor’s dogs got them from squirrels that traipsed across his lawn, shedding fleas in their wake which then hopped onto the dogs.

A single adult female flea can lay 50 eggs in one day; a female tick, twice that number. One dog can carry as many as 5,000 fleas on its body, says Scott Spear, Petsmart operation manager. “When your dog digests that flea they can get tape worm which can lead to all other sorts of problems. Ticks can lead to Lyme disease.” More than 16,000 American are infected with Lyme disease from deer ticks each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Protect your pet with flea drops or collars. If your pet brings fleas or ticks into your home, don’t place your family at risk. Consult a pest control professional before the situation gets out of hand.