Having a pet in your life can be a wonderful, life-enriching choice. They provide companionship, fun, and lots of love. However, not everything about being a pet owner is perfect or easy. They may damage your things, require yearly trips to the vet, and yes, can actually lead to pest issues in your home. Since the benefits to having a pet to love far outweigh the issues, it’s important that you find a way to keep pest issues to a minimum so that you can continue to enjoy a comfortable life with your beloved pet.
It’s a known fact that both cats and dogs commonly acquire problems with fleas. Unfortunately, these fleas can easily make their way from your pet’s fur to your carpet, furniture, and other areas in your home. The best way to keep this from happening is to stay up to date with your pet’s flea and tick control. There are many different options available to choose from, so talk to your vet and they can recommend the best solution for your particular pet. Avoiding them in the first place is always the best way to deal with pests.
Pets can also bring in a number of other unwelcome visitors into your home. From bugs that may latch onto their fur, to rodents that they carry in themselves, dogs and cats that come and go from inside to outside can definitely increase the risk of pests in your home. Keeping your pets groomed and bathed frequently can cut down on the risk of little pests catching a ride. But when it comes to your pets dragging things in on their own, you may have an even more serious problem!
Another way that pets can lead to pest issues in your home is their food. Many pet owners leave pet food out during the day so that their pets can eat whenever they would like. While this might seem ideal to your pet, it’s also ideal for the insects and rodents who would love to get their hands on a free meal. Remember, pests don’t care what kind of food they’re getting, even if it’s for dogs or cats. The best way to prevent this issue is to get your pets on a feeding schedule, and to keep their food put away at all other times. In addition to that, but you will need to store any food and treats in airtight storage bins that insects and rodents can’t break into.
Outside of your home, your pet’s feces may actually cause some issues. Some pests, such as rats, may be drawn to your pet’s waste as a food source. In order to prevent this, pick up after your pet as often as you can. Not only will this keep pests away, but it will lead to a much more pleasant yard for you and your family to enjoy.
With just a few DIY measures, you can reduce the risks of pest problems related to your pets. Keep them groomed frequently, bathed often, keep their food put away, and clean up after them consistently. Having a pet can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life, so don’t let the threat of pest issues hold you back.
If you’re already dealing with a pest issue, call us today, and we’ll discuss some pet friendly solutions to any infestations.