We are all enjoying this unusual start to our Ohio spring with warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and the blooming flowers. However, we aren’t the only ones enjoying it. According to two area Veterinarians (who happen to also be Weed Pro customers), fleas and ticks have enjoyed an early start too.
Why is this Spring Worse than Others?
Due to the lack of a freezing winter and warm start to spring, the flea and tick population in Ohio has exploded. “We are seeing a tremendous outbreak in all animals this spring,” Dr. Jason Lamb, D.V.M. at Avon Lake Animal Clinic (and Weed Pro Customer) reported. Lamb went on to say, “It’s best that if you haven’t started your pet's flea & tick prevention, that you do so immediately.”
What’s the Big Deal with Fleas & Ticks?
Fleas are an issue not only to your pet, but also your family as well. When fleas bite, they inject their saliva into your pets (or your) skin. Often this causes itching due to an allergic reaction, but can also cause other issues. If the flea has bitten a stray animal with tapeworms, it can be passed along to your pet.
Ticks are extremely dangerous to both pets and humans. Ticks can carry up to 15 or more diseases such as Lyme, Spotted Fever, Tularemia, ehrlichiosis, and many more. Many of these diseases can be fatal with pets, and sometimes with humans as well.
What Else can I do Besides Treating my Pet?
Besides treating your pets with flea & tick preventer, it’s important that you also try to eliminate the problem at the source. Professional lawn care companies, such as Weed Pro, offer a Flea & Tick Prevention spray that kills them in your lawn. Having your lawn treated throughout the season can eliminate chances of you, your pet, or a family member picking up these nasty insects.
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