One of the most pest breeds associated with pets are fleas. Cats and dogs are so often allergic to the saliva of fleas that, if left untreated, they develop rashes and scratch their own skin excessively. Some dogs and cats will scratch flea bites so that their skin becomes raw, red, and can even become infected. Treat your dog or cat with vet-recommended flea baths or collars to keep fleas away. If your home is infested, you’ll likely need the help of a pest control professional.
Carrying Lyme disease, canine anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and canine ehrlichiosis, ticks attach themselves to your pet’s hair or fur and then crawl up to infest the skin. These diseases can not only be passed to your pet by ticks, but can also end up being contracted by humans, resulting in even more dangerous symptoms and damage. Perform tick searches when your pets have been exposed to woody areas.
Transferred by mosquitoes, heartworms are very common. After infestation, a newborn heartworm can take several months before becoming active in your pet’s bloodstream, eventually growing to be up to fourteen inches long. Dogs have been known to carry up to thirty heartworms at one time, whereas cats can die from infestation of only one heartworm.
Keeping your home protected from mosquitoes, and administering heartworm medication to your pets, are both recommended for prevention.
While most snakes are harmless to people and pets, these types of snakes live in areas around East Texas and Houston and may be dangerous:
Somewhat less obvious but still potentially harmful to your pets are rats. They carry terrible diseases that can easily be transmitted to your dog or cat without even coming into direct contact. Rats may contaminate food and water sources with urine and droppings. Or, your pet may even inadvertently lick areas infested by rat urine or droppings. Diseases that can be carried through rats to your pets include:
Due to the strong desire that cats have to chase after mice, they are at particular risk. Many of the same diseases passed on through rats are applicable to mice as well. Consider getting a bell for your cat if he or she has a particular penchant for chasing mice.
Protecting your pets and family from harmful pests can feel a bit overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. For professional pest control in Houston to help you protect your home and property, contact Cypress Creek Pest Control.