Spring is here, help keep hour pets parasite free!

It is that time of year our furry friends love; longer walks, playtime in the park, critters to chase, and water to play in. Oh the joys of being pet parents and like all parents freedom comes with a price. For our furry kids that price is bugs! Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and unwanted parasites that love to make a community on our pets. These can become a big problem. Fleas, for example, can lay 50 eggs per day. That means if one flea gets onto your dog and into your home, you could have thousands of fleas living on your pet and in your home in just a couple of days. Whilst these repellents will help your dog, they won’t remove the fleas from your home. For that, you might want to use a pest control company like adam’s pest control to ensure they are all removed safely. There are an array of products that work well and can be purchased at your local veterinarian, however for those of you who prefer a more organic route here are some items that come in handy and are safe for your pets and children.


Garlic is a natural effective flea and tick repellent. To avoid garlic kisses purchase odorless garlic tablets and give daily. Wrap in a pill pocket or crush and sprinkle in food. Avoid giving raw garlic to dogs.

Dogs and Cats:

Essential oils are another effective way to repel fleas and ticks. Ensure the essential oil is of pure high quality as poor quality essential oils can cause skin irritations. Apply drops directly to collar and bedding or mix with water in a spray bottle and mist on fur and bedding. Here are the most effective essential oils:

  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Spearmint
  • Lemongrass

For those unseen parasites remember to deworm your pet from his or her veterinarian, wipe paws after playing or exercising in community shared areas, and discourage your pet from eating things outside. Keeping your home a shoe free zone is helpful as many parasites can be picked up from outside and carried inside by shoes. Steam cleaning your floors are another great way to reduce parasites in your home during the warm season. EZ Bed Bug Exterminator NYC is an effective way of debugging your living space.

Try these natural tips and enjoy your furry friend’s bug free summer! Always contact your veterinarian before starting any new med program or herbs since they know your pets current health the best.

by Arianne Ortiz

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