As a pet owner, you likely already know some of the common myths associated with fleas and ticks. One of the most popular rumors is that parasites go away with cold weather, but as many people found out this winter, infestations can still happen after the temperatures drop.
Every year, it seems that additional information is becoming available to individuals who are interested in maintaining dog and cat wellness through adequate flea and tick control. If it's been quite some time since you brushed up on your parasite knowledge, spring is the perfect time for doing so. Here are some interesting facts about fleas that you may not be aware of heading into the new season.
1. Fleas are not becoming more resistant to treatment
The warm weather in several regions of the country this past year have given pet owners the impression that parasites are becoming more resistant to chemical treatments. However, the Salem News confirms that this simply isn't true. Similarly, claims of new "super fleas" that can survive treatments such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Drops for Cats are also false.
2. Chemical pesticides are dangerous to pets and the environment
For the most part, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has weeded out potentially toxic insecticides from store shelves, meaning there's a minimal chance that you will run into problems using these products around the house. However, don't hesitate to verify the list of ingredients and warnings on the labels for more peace of mind. It's also worth noting that certain fertilizers can still cause discomfort if they're allowed to come into contact with the paws of animals.
3. All-natural remedies are safe and effective
Before you run for garlic and herbal oils, speak to your veterinarian about which flea and tick treatments are most effective. Not all-natural remedies are potent enough to combat parasites.
In addition to familiarizing yourself with these myths, the EPA also recommends vacuuming areas of your home that your pet frequents to remove any underlying flea eggs and larvae. Similarly, it's best to visually inspect your animal's fur for parasites daily. Try to keep your pets away from heavily wooded areas or tall grass where fleas and ticks often live.
This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.