Summer is the primetime for pet pests such as fleas, ticks, flies and mosquitoes. Although animals tend to view pests as merely annoyances, they can pose substantial health risks to both the pets and their owners, warns the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
"These pests are known to transmit some potentially serious diseases like West Nile Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease to animals and their human family," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Dogs can also contract heartworm disease through mosquito bites- an expensive illness to treat if it's not detected early."
Another major concern is property infestation. Pet pests can breed quickly and are difficult to locate once inside the home. "Fleas and ticks typically remain on the warm-blooded host. Yet, flea eggs roll off the host and hatch in carpets, furniture and bedding," says Mannes. "The small size and mobility of these pests make them hard to eradicate without the help of a pest professional once inside the home."
NPMA offers the following tips for pet owners this summer
To learn more about pet pests or to find a pest professional in your area visit http://www.pestworld.org/ or www.whatisipm.org.