Ticks and Fleas Pose a Threat to Family Pets NPMA Staff
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The National Pest Management Association Offers Tips to Get Rid
of Ticks and Fleas
As the weather warms everyone is spending more time outdoors,
including dogs and cats. Just like us, pets are at risk for
when outside, which can pose serious health risks. The National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds pet owners to take
protect their pets from pests when outside this season.
“The NPMA predicted an especially
heavy tick season, making it all the more important that pet
owners understand the dangers posed by pests and learn how to
get rid of ticks and fleas says Missy Henriksen, vice president
of public affairs for the NPMA.
Ticks are one of the most common pet pests. Blacklegged deer
ticks can spread Lyme disease to pets, which causes fever,
decreased appetite, painful joints, limping and lethargy. In
serious cases, kidney disease can also occur.
American dog ticks, which are larger than deer ticks, can spread
Rock Mountain Spotted Fever and cause tick paralysis, which occurs
when a female tick attaches near a pet's spinal cord. Tick
paralysis can lead to muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in
some cases, death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become
Fleas are another common pet pest. They cause itchy, red bumps
that lead to excessive scratching, anemia, dermatitis and
tapeworms. Fleas can also infest a pet owner’s home when they fall
off a pet onto bedding, carpets or furniture and reproduce.
The NPMA recommends these tips control
ticks and fleas:
- Check pets frequently for ticks and fleas. Be aware of
excessive scratching and licking.
- Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where fleas and ticks often
- Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
- Frequently wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys.
- Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture
- If you suspect a pest problem, contact a licensed pest
For more information or to find a local pest
professional, visit PestWorld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit
organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933
to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the
protection of public health, food and property.