We live in South Florida – a moist and humid environment, and that’s almost akin to rolling out the welcome sign for pests – mosquitoes, no-see-ums, ticks, fleas – just to name a few. Ticks and fleas can pose serious problems for our furry friends – our dogs. Like our pets, pests like hanging out in wooded or grassy areas. And so, the battle begins. But not to worry – SWAT Mosquito Systems is sharing insight on How to Protect Your Dog from Ticks & Fleas Outdoors.
Ticks and fleas are active year-round, and as we just mentioned, they love to hide out in nature: grass, shrubs, weeds, dog parks, our backyards and garden areas – even sandboxes are an ideal location for flea larvae to develop into adults.
Look for Signs of Ticks
Ticks feed by biting an animal, and stay attached, and fasting on blood for several days. They carry diseases and are linked to Lyme disease, a bacterial infection. Signs and symptoms your dog has ticks include:
- Mild to high fever
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained scabs
- A lot of head shaking
- Small bump on body
- You find a tick in your home
Thoroughly hand-search your pet. Depending on your type of dog, ticks can be easy to spot, and while you can find them on all parts of your pet’s body, pay close attention to your dog’s head, neck area and around the ears, between the toes, front legs, and near the groin area.
Look for Signs of Fleas
Fleas are a bit easier to spot on your pet because they’re always moving around or jumping, especially in more severe cases. Other signs and symptoms your dog has fleas include:
- Scratching relentlessly
- Shaking their head often
- Excessive chewing on certain parts of the body
- Hair loss
- You find fleas in your home
If you suspect your pet has fleas or ticks, it’s important to act quickly. Again- thoroughly check your dog and run a flea comb through your dog’s back and legs. We also recommend you use special shampoos, medication, invest in a good flea collar, vacuum your carpets regularly, treat your furniture and bedding, and take your pet in for a veterinarian’s visit.
Protect Your Pets from Mosquitoes Too
While its vital for pet owners to prevent fleas and ticks from attacking their pets, it’s equally as important to protect your 4-legged family members from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes bite cats and dogs in areas with little hair coverage, like their nose and ears. Cats and dogs have the same irritation and itching as humans, but with a risk of more severe consequences. Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a parasite that causes life-threatening infections in dogs and cats.
Our Misting Symptoms are the Best Outdoor Defense
Pet protection starts outdoors. Consider treating your outdoor surroundings with our misting system – the best outdoor defense against pests – including ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and many more. We do it naturally, and without harming you, your pet, or the environment. A custom-designed, mosquito control misting system will keep ticks and fleas away for a long time. Once installed, you can set our misting system to activate 3 – 4 times a day for anywhere from 20 to 45 seconds.
Our Products Are Effective
We offer a variety of products in our mosquito mist systems including natural botanical products. Most commonly used is pyrethrum, which is among the most widely-used botanical mosquito control products, is derived from chrysanthemum flowers, and is biodegradable. We use Zero-Bite, a natural and botanical insect repellent. We also offer a rosemary oil-based product, EcoSmart Botanicals™; it is USDA National Organic Program Compliant. Rosemary has been used for centuries to keep mosquitoes and other pests away.
Call Us and Get Started
Contact SWAT Mosquito Systems at 866-900-SWAT (7828) and schedule an appointment for a free estimate on our mosquito mist system. We have a location near you. We hope our “How to Protect Your Dog from Ticks & Fleas Outdoors” helps your furry 4-legged friends live flea and tick-free. They’ll love you even more for it– if that’s even possible.