Protecting Washington's Pets from Ticks During the Fall    

September 27, 2019


We take precautions when outside in the tall grass, walking in the woods, or doing yard work to protect ourselves from ticks. We must also remember to protect our Washington pets from ticks as the fall months approach. Pets are more susceptible to ticks as they run through the yard, roll around on the grass, and encounter other wildlife. There are several strategies you can employ as a pet owner to mitigate the risk of your pets getting bitten bit by ticks. If your property seems to be overrun by ticks, it’s time to turn to a professional.

a tick engorged and embedded in a washington state pet dog

We take precautions when outside in the tall grass, walking in the woods, or doing yard work to protect ourselves from ticks. We must also remember to protect our Washington pets from ticks as the fall months approach. Pets are more susceptible to ticks as they run through the yard, roll around on the grass, and encounter other wildlife. There are several strategies you can employ as a pet owner to mitigate the risk of your pets getting bitten bit by ticks. If your property seems to be overrun by ticks, it’s time to turn to a professional.

Factors that Lead to Increased Tick Activity in Fall   

As we get further into the fall, food becomes less readily available for wildlife. This draws wildlife closer to our homes to scavenge through our trash or visit our birdfeeders. With increased wildlife activity comes an increased number of ticks. Ticks are also more active in fall, as they have completed their reproductive cycle and have matured into adult ticks, feeding as they go.

Problems Ticks Bring  

As ticks look for a host to feed on and seek warmth as the cool days and nights of fall set in, your pet is an ideal target. Ticks can make our pets uncomfortable with their irritating bites. Scratching to try to remove them can cause skin irritation and infections. Additionally, ticks transmit pathogens that can cause sickness and death in our beloved pets.

Tips to Reduce Tick Bites on Pets  

To help keep tick populations on your Washington property low, follow these steps:
 
Keep your grass well maintained and leaves picked up through the fall.
Trim back vegetation and prune trees and bushes.
Don’t feed birds or other wild animals, and don’t leave pet food dishes outside.
Brush and inspect your pets after they’ve been outdoors.
Consider professional pest control for your property.
Follow your veterinarian's instructions for use of flea and tick repellents and collars.

Why call Prosite Pest Control for Tick Problems    

Even with taking precautions around your home, you may still encounter a large number of pesky ticks on your property. Prosite Pest Control can help when ticks get out of control. Having your yard professionally sprayed can keep both your pets and your family safer by reducing ticks on your property. We can also give you tips for keeping wildlife away. Contact us at Prosite Pest Control if ticks are a problem for you and your pets in Washington.




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