Each pet is a little different. You wouldn’t expect your cat to fetch like your dog does. When it comes to pet hygiene, the same can be true. Every pet is susceptible to unique conditions, and pests are no different. Depending on the furry, feathered, or scaled-friend you have living in your home, you could run the risk of welcoming the following pests into your home.
Note: This list is not comprehensive. All pets are susceptible to pests if they come into contact with them. The following list only details common pests for standard household pets.
Dogs and Cats: Most furry animals will be susceptible to mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Each one burrows its way to the animal’s skin, and digs in. Ticks can carry deadly diseases, while flea saliva is an allergy for many dogs and cats. Fleas can also jump from pets, to pillows, to blankets, to your carpets, and eventually onto you. Mosquitoes are more of a nuisance for pets, but they can carry diseases, too.
Fire ants and bees can also be common problems for dogs to encounter. They say curiosity killed the cat, but dogs are far more curious about buzzing bees or the red ants crawling along the sidewalk. They may be so curious that they don’t suspect danger until it happens.
Birds: Armed with feathers, it’s easy to believe that birds can be immune to fleas and mites, but that’s not the case. Fleas and mites can latch onto birds, spreading them through your home just as quickly as a dog or a cat would. However, it’s most common for lice to burrow their way into birds. This can cause irritation for a bird and spread to others in the house. (Bird lice cannot survive on humans, but they can bite humans and cause skin irritation.)
Amphibians and Reptiles: Frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes make great pets for those who don’t like shedding, but you might have to worry about pests in the process of feeding them. Many amphibians and reptiles love to feed on live crickets, bugs, and mice. On foul move, and you could have a living snack running through your home!
Prevention is Possible!
Your veterinarian should be your first call if you suspect a pest infestation on your pet, but the good news is that pet pest prevention is very easy – as easy as four steps, actually.
- Good Pet Hygiene: Regularly bathe and inspect your pet, and keep their cages, kennels, food and water bowls, and other materials clean. Flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats should be regularly administered to deter these pests from latching on.
- Clear Your Yard: Standing water attracts mosquitoes, while overgrown foliage is the perfect place for ticks, fleas, and other pests to hide. Keep your landscaping clean, and clear your yard to prevent a hospitable environment for pests that love your pet.
- “Bee” Vigilant of Space: Before letting your pup roam outside, check the yard for active bee nests or pests. Keep their snoot away from ant hills, too.
- Call Florida’s Best Pest Control: No matter how much prevention you do, your home may still need an expert touch. Our team of professionals can examine the exterior and interior of your home for possible weak points and determine the best prevention methods. While department stores have pest solutions, these products may not be pet-friendly. An expert can ensure the prevention and extermination methods protect your home and your pet.
We’re Florida’s Best Pest Control
At Infinite Pest Solutions, we know man’s best friend is more like man’s best family member. We want to help you protect your home and your pet from common pests. Contact us to learn more!