Guarding Against Pests


This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jenn Lee


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Keep Your Home Pest Free To Protect Your Pet

Pets are amazing conduits of unconditional love, and for more than almost 80 million homeowners, they are treasured family members. Whether it is a cat, dog, pig, or reptile, if you are one of those individuals that own a family pet, you may wonder how you can keep your home and yard pest free to keep the annoying creatures away from your four-legged friend. Here are a few ways to keep your home free from the annoying pests that can harm your furry, hairy, or scaled friends.

1. Look for Signs

A mouse, German cockroach, ant, or tick will leave different signs around your home to announce the colony arrival, so look for indications of fecal matter, disrupted items, or hidden food pieces. Although fleas don’t generally leave signs around your home, the pests can cause itching, whining, and agony as they infest your pet. At the first sign of a problem, call in a professional service to remove the roaches, mice, or ants.

2. Tidy the Yard

Pests love to hide in your yard and will dash into the house at the first opportunity. Sometimes the critters will move into the house on their own, but other nuisances need to hitch a ride on your furry or hair friend. If you keep dead plants cut back, remove children’s clutter, and keep wood piles away from the house, you can help prevent the sneaky creatures from wandering into your home on a whim.

3. Frequently Give Baths

If your family pet has hair or fur, it to help keep it clean and comfortable. Choose a mild shampoo designed for your pet’s type, and make sure you wash all the soap off his or her body. As you dry your favorite four-legged beasty, check for fleas and ticks. If you find any of the pests wandering on your furry baby, take immediate action. Vacuum the house, wash all of your pet’s bedding, and use flea shampoo or spray on your pet. Although fleas are small, they can spread quickly and even become irritants to you and your children.

4. Clean the Toys

It is important to keep your furry family member’s area clean because mice, ants, roaches, and ticks can find a warm nest in your pet’s toys, bed, or clothing. If your pet is one that hoards food by moving it from the feeding area into other locations of the house, you could be inviting problems with mice and roaches. Don’t leave pet food out overnight, and make sure all hidden food is cleaned up each evening. Remember, even a single piece of pet food can become a feast for a mouse or roach.

5. Watch Your Wanderings

If your furry pet is a dog, you may find it difficult to keep him or her on the beaten path when you go for a walk in the park. For reasons only dogs may understand, they love to dive into the tall brush, dead leaves, and broken shrubs that often line the walk ways. The problem is that fleas
and ticks may be living
under the leaves and as your dog wanders close, the pest may see your furry friend as a possible yummy smorgasbord of delight and jump onto him or her. Chances are you will have fewer infestations if you keep your pet on the clear pavements and sidewalks when he or she wanders around on your walks.

6. Rub Your Pet

Touching your pet is good for your heart, your mental well-being, and mood, but it can also allow you to check for possible creatures that want a free ride into your home. After your walk is over, take a few minutes to rub your furry friend down or comb through his or her fur. The sooner you find potential problem pests, the less chance they will have to multiply.

The secret to the prevention of wildlife, roaches, mice, or fleas and ticks from invading your home is to be aware of the possibility the adventurous creatures may get in your home. If you take steps to eliminate and prevent the invasion before it begins, you can protect your pet – and your whole family.

Jenn Lee, is a family blogger and proud parent of Reggie the Golden Retriever .