Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. You have to fulfill their needs, keep them healthy, and ensure their general welfare. Most pet owners feel a strong connection to their pets and treat them almost as if they were their own children.
Pets are quite popular targets for parasitic pests. If you’ve had a pet for long enough, chances are that you’ve had to treat it for pests. It’s good to treat your pets often. Otherwise, the pests might move from your pet to your home. If that happens, you’ll have to treat both your pet and your home, which can be very inconvenient.
There are cases where pests invade our homes, but not through our pets. Rats, mice, and insects, such as roaches, bed bugs, and spiders, are the common home invaders we need to get rid of. It’s important to do this quickly to prevent full-blown infestations and bites. It’s common to worry about our pets when trying to control these pests since our pets can often interfere with our attempts to control a pest infestation in our home.
We know how frustrating these scenarios can be, which is why we’ve decided to present you with tips that you can use to manage pest infestations as a pet owner.
Use Rodent Baits
Baits are effective at controlling rodents as their active ingredients are potent. They contain anticoagulants, which cause internal bleeding in rats and mice. Unfortunately, they have that same effect on most mammals that consume them, including your pets. If you have to use these poisonous baits, you should be aware of your choice and base it on the extent of the infestation.
Most people don’t read the instructions when purchasing products like this, which is a mistake. In the case of pet owners, you have to read the instructions carefully. These baits are often brightly colored and disguised as food to attract rodents. Your pets often can’t tell the difference and if they come across it might want to take a bite.
It’s often better to go for rodent baits that use warfarin as the active ingredient. This is because it’s less toxic and takes longer to take effect, giving you much more time to respond, than baits that contain cholecalciferol or bromethalin. Vitamin K1 is often used as an antidote for warfarin, but if your pet has eaten rodent bait, warfarin or not, you should visit a veterinarian.
Whichever way you choose to go, make sure that your pets aren’t there when you place the bait. Make sure that you place them out of reach of your curious pets.
Get Rid of Attractants
No matter how hard you try, pests will find a way to invade your home. This is especially true if you make your home feel like an all-expenses paid, five-star hotel to them. You need to get rid of the things in your house that might attract pests. The main attractants are food and water. Don’t leave things rodents and other pests can feed on out. They can perceive these from quite a distance.
You might want to plug any leaks and holes in your doors, windows, foundation, and floorboards. Closing off any other ways they could enter is an excellent idea as well.
You need to prevent dirt from accumulating in your home. One step could be to begin a routine of cleaning your pet’s dish as soon as they’ve finished eating. Don’t let bowls of water sit around and keep food crumbs cleaned up.
Maintaining a clean, dry home is the same as turning off the neon sign on your door that reads “Free Pest Shelter.”
Try Traps and Pesticides
There are times that it seems impossible to prevent pests from invading our homes. If this happens, you’ll have no choice other 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 traps work. If you’ve ever caught a rodent with a trap before, you’ll know how much damage it can do to your pet if they were to get caught in it.
You should set traps out of reach of your pets. Using enclosed traps is a better option. These traps lure in the rodents you want to get rid of while keeping your pets from hurting themselves at the same time.
Pesticides for insect control can also be toxic if ingested by your pets. This is why it’s important to carefully read all labels when purchasing products like these. There are some pesticides that contain bacteria that makes them a safer option if your pet decides to eat them.
Ultimately, using the pesticide according to the manufacturer’s instructions is your responsibility. It will also be your responsibility to take your pet to the vet if the need arises.
Check Your Pets for Ticks and Fleas
Ticks are especially terrible pests. These parasites can cause diseases for both pets and humans. At some point, your pet will need to go get some sunshine and play in the park. This is the most common way for pets to bring fleas or ticks into the home.
So, it’s important for you to check them for ticks often. Whenever you see your pet repeatedly scratching its body, there is a chance that it could have picked up a pest. Whether your pet’s infested or not, it’s a good idea to routinely check them for pests and to take them to a veterinarian.
Use Natural Alternatives
Organic pest control products, for both cats and dogs, are all over the market nowadays and are very welcome. These are plant-based products used to control pest infestations and are quite effective at it. They’re often better than the synthetic chemical-based options in the sense that they aren’t hazardous and don’t 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. This is yet another good reason to read product labels.
Let’s take garlic, for instance. It’s known as a potent insect repellent. But if your pet ingests a large amount of garlic, it can cause severe digestive and intestinal complications. It can also destroy your pet’s red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are especially sensitive to garlic, so keep an eye on them.
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.
Pets can often be restless and overly curious—just like children. Pet owners have parental love for their dear wards, which is why it’s extremely important to pay attention to their activities and plan your pest control methods with your pets in mind.