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This summer, you know you and your loved ones are not the only ones who’ll be soaking up the sun. Your fur babies will be too.

On the downside, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other pests can ruin a nice summer day in no time, especially for cats and dogs that can’t really protect themselves like you can.

Each of these nuisances poses a variety of health risks for pets. Good thing there are key prevention tips that you can employ to ensure your four-legged family members stay pest-free this season.

Cat and dog playing

Ticks

Ticks are easily encountered in woods and parks during the warmer months. These bloodthirsty pests can transmit Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, “tick paralysis” and several other serious diseases.

Whilst some symptoms can appear right after a tick bite, others can be hard to spot. Many owners may not realize that their pet is sick until the symptoms become worse and crucial treatment is needed.

Apart from tick collars, annual check-up and medications, Bob Gunn Termite Solutions recommends the following tick tips.

• Upon returning, check your pets thoroughly before bringing them inside.

• If you find a tick attached, remove it with a slow, steady pull, careful not to break off the mouthparts and leave them in the animal’s skin. Forceps or tweezers are best to use for grabbing the tick just behind the mouthparts. If you opt to use your fingers, place your thumb’s and forefinger’s fingernails on the same areas. Once removed, wrap it securely in tissue before throwing in a closed bin or simply flush the tick down the toilet. Don’t forget to wash your hands as well as the attachment site with soap and water.

• Keep grass cut low, including grass in difficult to cut locations such as around sheds, shrubs, trees, fence lines and swing sets.

• Remove debris as well as weeds and woodpiles from your yard.

• Enquire about lawn tick treatments and speak to a veterinarian about tick collars and medications.

Fleas

Contact with other animals or outdoor activities usually result in dogs and cats getting infested with fleas. Whilst most pests experience itching, more sensitive animals can have worse reactions. These include inflammation, hair loss and secondary skin infections. The saliva of fleas can also cause dermatitis, anaemia and enable tapeworm transfers.

Two cats snuggling

Because fleas have the ability to jump great heights, they can easily hitchhike into homes while hiding in the fur of pets. They quickly multiply and infest clothing, furniture and bedding once inside.

Save yourself from a major headache and prevent them early on. Bob Gunn Termite Solutions has these suggestions for you:

• Bathe your pet regularly.

• Wash your bedding and those of your pet frequently. Include their collars and plush toys as well.

• Vacuum carpets, furniture and floors on a regular basis.

• Ask your veterinarian which preventative measures are best.

A peeking dog

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are one of the best-known pests of summer. They thrive in stagnant water and their fast life cycle enables them to rapidly reproduce.

Animals, just like humans, are at high risk of contracting severe diseases from mosquito bites. These include West Nile virus and heartworm disease. The latter can cause weight loss, difficulty breathing, coughing, seizures, blindness and other health problems.

We suggest the following prevention tips for mozzies in and around the home:

• Eliminate stagnant water and other sources of moisture, as mosquitoes need only about half an inch of water to breed. Objects such as birdbaths, flowerpots, water dishes, swimming pool covers, baby pools, sandboxes and children’s toys can collect water.

• Keep birdbath and pond water fresh by adding a fountain or drip system.

• Install screens to windows and doors, and repair any tear or hole if any.

• Clean clogged gutters. It also helps to check them periodically and ensure water is flowing freely.

• Minimise outdoor activity between dusk and dawn as this is the time when mosquitoes are most active.

• Ask a veterinarian about bug repellents for pests before giving them a try.

Concerned about mosquito activity on your property? Get in touch with a reputable pest management company such as Bob Gunn Termite Solutions. We offer foolproof and cost-effective treatments for a range of pests.

Contact us in Brisbane and get your FREE quote today. Our friendly office staff is waiting for your call.

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