Ticks, mosquitoes and other pests are rampant during the summer months and although there is no way to stay completely free from these critters, there are ways keep them at bay. This is especially important for people who own dogs and cats, as animals can develop serious medical conditions from these parasites. Dogster Magazine reports there are a variety of ways owners can work to keep critters out of their yards and homes.
States with the highest tick and mosquito populations
Ticks have been found throughout the U.S., however certain regions are far more prone to deer ticks, the ticks that carry Lyme disease, than others, the news outlet reports. States in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and North Central regions of the nation tend to be most infested. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin have the highest populations.
The warm conditions in the Southern states make them the perfect breeding grounds for another harmful bug – the mosquito. These critters can carry heartworms, which can get into a dog’s blood stream and then grow in its heart and lungs. Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Ohio, California, Virginia and Michigan are among the states with the highest flea and heartworm cases.
Although these issues may seem scary, there are ways to protect your dog from getting any of these conditions. The easiest is to start it on preventative pet drugs. There are many products on the market that work to protect animals from getting bitten by these harmful parasites. Most are given to a pet each month and can come in either an oral chewable tablet or as a liquid that is applied directly on the dog or cat’s skin. The latter option requires a bit of care. The dog can’t be bathed or in water for 24 hours after the application and you must make sure to dispense the medication directly onto its skin, rather than its fur, for best results. Many products help to prevent ticks and fleas, but in most cases you’ll need a separate medication to prevent heartworm.
Besides protecting your dog you can also work to keep critters off of your yard and out of your home. There are now sprays on the market that attach to garden hoses and cover yards in pet and lawn-friendly flea and tick protection. Certain sprays and powders can also be used in the home to kill fleas if your dog had an infestation.