Bugs to Watch Out for If You Have Pets in Holmen, WI

May 23, 2018

We are not the only ones who find bugs and bug bites irritating and painful. Our pets are also bothered by the same pesky critters that lurk inside our homes and gardens. Some insects survive by latching onto our furry buddies, causing disease, while other insects will sting or bite our pets in defense of themselves. Then there are bugs that can make dogs and cats sick if ingested. Do you know which bugs you need to protect your pets against?

Experts in the business of pest control in Holmen, WI agree that there are a number of bugs that can pose a danger to family pets. With that in mind, here are a few bugs to watch out for if you have dogs or cats:

  • Ticks: Even if your pets are on a tick treatment, you still need to check them for ticks after they’ve spent time outside—especially if they’ve been in wooded areas or areas known for ticks. Ticks must be removed immediately to avoid issues like tick paralysis and Lyme disease. If you have a dog or cat, make sure you know how and have the proper tools to remove ticks the right way.
  • Fleas: Flea bites on pets and people can be a seriously itchy ordeal. Unfortunately for some pets, flea bites can trigger allergic dermatitis, which causes a flea-bitten dog or cat to scratch until they bleed, fur falls off and sores form. It’s a good idea to get your pets on a veterinarian-approved flea treatment, but do seek a vet’s help if you think flea bites are causing skin irritation in your pets. Because fleas can be quick to infest your home, call a pest control company as soon as you notice them inside your house.
  • Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes carry numerous diseases to humans, but dogs and cats are susceptible to heartworm if bitten by a mosquito that’s carrying the parasite. If your pet contracts heartworm and it goes untreated, they will become very ill and could die within a few months. It’s important to note that not all mosquito bites lead to heartworm in pets. To prevent a mosquito infestation, make sure there’s no standing water outside around your property. To protect pets against heartworm, get them the heartworm vaccination.
  • Spiders: Of all the poisonous spiders in the United States, pet parents need to be aware of at least two: the black widow and the brown recluse. While most spiders won’t seek out and attack pets, dogs and cats are innately curious creatures, meaning they may come across and try to “play” with these spiders. Once bitten, it can take a few days to notice symptoms of the poisonous bite in your pet. Untreated venomous spider bites can lead to tissue damage, infection and even death.

To protect your home, yard, family and pets from irritating and potentially dangerous bugs, call ANT’s Complete Pest Control. As far as pest control in Holmen, WI goes, we can exterminate all types of pests, including insects, spiders, bedbugs, fleas and more. Call us today!

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