Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. You have to cater to their needs, health, and general welfare. Most pet owners feel a strong connection with their pet and cater for them almost like they would their own kids.
Pets are quite popular targets on the list of parasitic pests. If you have owned a pet for long enough, chances are that you have treated it once or twice for pest infestation. It is good to treat your pets often enough otherwise those pests will soon realize they have a better chance of stepping up their standard of living in your home than on your pet.
If that happens, you will have to treat both your pet and your home (which might turn out to be inconvenient).
There are cases where pests invade our homes but not through pets. Insects, rats, roaches, spiders, etc. are the common types we need to get rid of to prevent a full-blown infestation and stings.
It is common to worry about pets when trying to control these pests since these pets often interfere with our attempts to control pest infestation in the home.
We know how frustrating these scenarios can be which is why we decided to present you with tips that you can use to manage pest infestation as a pet owner.
Baits are effective for controlling rodents as the active ingredients in them are potent. They contain anticoagulants that cause internal bleeding in rats and mice. Unfortunately, they have that same effect on most mammals that consume them which includes your pets.
If using these poisonous baits is a must, depending on the extent of the infestation, you should be aware of your choice. It is commonplace for people not to read the instructions when purchasing things like this.
In the case of pet owners, you have to. These baits often come in brightly colored and disguised as food to attract the errant rodents. Your pets, in often cannot tell the difference and if it catches their fancy, they might want to take a bite.
It is often better to go for rodent baits that use warfarin as its active ingredient. This is so because it is less toxic and takes longer to take effect. This gives you much more time to administer Vitamin K1, which can be used as an antidote, than those that contain cholecalciferol or bromethalin. Ideally, in this case, you should visit a veterinarian.
Whichever way you choose to go, be sure that your pets are not there when you place the baits and do place them out of the reach of your curious pets.
Get rid of attractants
No matter how hard you try, pests will find a way to invade your home if you make your home feel like an all-expense-paid 5-star hotel for them. You need to get rid of the things that might attract pests into your house. The main attractants are a source of food and water. Don’t expose things rodents and other pests can feed on; they can perceive these things from quite a distance.
You might want to plug any leaks and holes in your doors and windows, floorboards, and any other ways they could penetrate.
You have to prevent the accumulation of dirt in your home. You can have a routine of cleaning up your pet’s plate as soon as it is done with its food. Don’t let bowls of water linger and keep food crumbs away.
Maintaining a nice and dry home is the same as taking off the neon sign that reads “free pest shelter” off your door.
Traps and pesticides
There are times it seems impossible to prevent pets from invading our homes. In the case of this eventuality, one is left with no other choice than to get rid of them. If you use traps, you have to be careful with the way you set them up. Some pets are curious enough to try to figure out how the traps work.
If you ever caught a rodent with a trap before, you will have an idea how much damage it can do to your pet if it gets caught in it.
You should set traps out of reach of your pets. A better option is to use enclosed traps. These traps are meant to lure in the rodents you want to eliminate and at the same time to prevent your pets from hurting themselves.
Pesticides that are meant for controlling insects too can be toxic if ingested by your pets. This is why it is important to read labels when purchasing things like these. However, there are some pesticides that contain some types of bacteria that make them a safer option in case your pet decides to feed on it.
Ultimately, you have the responsibility to use the pesticide according to the manufacturer’s instructions and take your pet to a doctor if the need arises.
Check your pets for ticks and fleas
Ticks especially are terrible pests because they are parasitic and they cause diseases to both your pets and you.
At some point, your dogs or cats will need to go get some sunshine and play in the park. This is the common way pets bring pests into the house.
So, it is important that you often check them for ticks. Whenever you see your pet repeatedly scratching its body, there are chances that it has been infested with a pest.
Whether your pet is infested or not, it is ideal to routinely check them up and take them to a veterinarian.
Those natural alternatives
Organic pests control products are all over the market nowadays and they are highly welcomed. They are plant-based products that are used to control pest infestations and they are quite effective at it.
They are often better than the synthetic chemical-based options in the sense that they are not hazardous and do not adversely affect the environment.
Since they are a natural option, are they truly safe for your pets? The truth is, some of them are and some aren’t.
Here is yet another good reason to read product labels.
Let us take garlic for instance. It is widely known that it is a potent insect repellent. But if your pet ingests a large amount of it, it can cause severe digestive and intestinal complications. It can also destroy red blood cells of pets and cause anemia.
Cats are especially sensitive to garlic so keep an eye on their association.
Essential oils which are often touted as natural insect repellents can also pose toxic threats to pets in their concentrated form. Cats can become susceptible to liver toxicosis if exposed to some concentrated essential oils.
These natural oils could also cause weakness, tremors, and lethargy in both cats and dogs.
Pet owners have a parental love for their dear wards. This is why it is extremely important to pay attention to their activities as they can be as restless and overly curious most times — Just like kids.