Your pets might not have fleas, but animals living near your home may be infested. As a result, dog and cat wellness can be compromised, especially when pet owners fail to maintain flea and tick control. This is what some residents in an apartment complex in Portland, Ore., are facing, according to KATU-TV. People living at the View Point Terrace Apartments claim that raccoons and other wildlife carrying fleas are creating a nightmare.
"It's [kind of] disgusting that they follow you from your apartment, in the parking lot and then into your car," Holly Pedersen, a renter at the complex, told the news source.
The owner of the complex has attempted to spray for the fleas, but it hasn't effectively reduced the population. Residents are convinced that the source of the issue – most likely raccoons – needs to be addressed in order to revolve the problem. Foliage in the area may also be responsible for this issue.
"I think it's the leaves," Jim Bria, Pedersen's partner, told the news source. "There's been raccoons all over the place. Stray cats and raccoons."
Local experts believe that the heat coming through the region is causing problems as well. It's allowing flea eggs to hatch and larvae to thrive. One thing is for certain – cats and dogs in the area have the potential to be exposed to wild animals that have fleas. This can cause numerous health concerns for pet owners who have to deal with infestations.
Stopping fleas in their tracks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that it's best to speak with your veterinarian about properly using flea and tick treatments to ensure that you're getting the most out of these items. Utilizing items such as the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Drops for Cats can make sure that you're providing the best protection. These topical drops can keep fleas, ticks and mosquitoes at bay for up to 30 days. Flea collars can offer similar results for a maximum of seven months, giving pet owners peace of mind.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that avoiding heavily wooded areas and tall grass can also help individuals and their pets avoid ticks, which can carry parasite-borne diseases.
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