Protecting West Chester Pets from Ticks
September 24, 2018
When considering pest control for our homes, we are often concerned about the harm that pests can bring to the human occupants, but there is one pest that seems to prefer our furry counterparts. Ticks. While still dangerous and troublesome to humans, ticks can be far more problematic for our West Chester pets. These little parasitic ticks live on wildlife and get deposited on our vegetation and lawns where our pets pick them up and become exposed to dangerous diseases. The biggest threats are from the American dog tick, the Lone star tick, the blacklegged tick, and the groundhog tick. Our pets can get a variety of diseases from some of these ticks, which can be devastating to their health and well-being.
Types of Ticks and the Problems they Cause
American dog ticks get their name from their geographical location and preference of victim. The bites from the American dog tick on pets can be itchy and cause intense scratching, hair loss, and secondary infections.
Lone star ticks can cause bacterial infections and diseases in pets. They can also trigger allergies, loss of appetite, vomiting, and lethargy.
Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are the ones that transmit Lyme disease. Lyme disease can be as devastating to pets as it can be to humans. It can cause muscle fatigue, lethargy, joint pain, and lack of appetite.
Groundhog ticks can cause Powassan virus. These ticks are particularly drawn to small animals and rodents and can live around watering holes.
Ticks of almost every variety are attracted to areas where there is a plentiful blood meal. If you are attracting wildlife to your property, then you are likely to be also attracting ticks. Consider keeping grass and shrubbery trimmed and to a minimum. Reduce or eliminate bird feeders that also attract squirrels and deer. Keep pet food and water sources away from wildlife.
Visit your vet regularly to discuss the best tick prevention for your pets, and keep up with the recommendations, such as replacing flea and tick collars at regular intervals. Be diligent about checking your pet for ticks any time they have been outside.
Nothing beats Moyer’s Platinum Home Guard program for tick control and defense. We have the experience and long tradition of protecting West Chester homeowners and their pets from these harmful pests. Call us today to begin protecting your family, home, and pets year round.