Whether in the yard or inside the home, tick and flea control is vital for the well-being of your pet and yourself. Ticks are one of the main reasons for the spread of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, although it's important to note that many cases go unreported. It's a harrowing statistic, especially when considering that these carriers of Lyme disease can be right in your front yard, where you and your pet spend so much time.
There are ways to battle this, though. One way is to adopt plants into your home's garden that naturally repel ticks, fleas and other insects you wouldn't want around your pet and home. PetMD suggested that it's worth it to incorporate plants that are said to repel ticks into your anti-pest landscaping plans.
Many members of the mint family have these naturally occurring repellant qualities to deter fleas and ticks. However, some are toxic to dogs and cats, so it's important to do firm research before planting them in your pet's play-space. Catnip, as a member of the mint family, is commonly cited as an effective tick and mosquito repellant that your cat will love. Sage is also an aromatic repellant for fleas that grows wild in some areas.
A more powerful solution
However, this all-natural prevention treatment for fleas and ticks isn't always enough. No matter how hard you try, you can never quite control what sorts of pests find their way into your yard. Products like the Hartz® UltraGuard® Yard & Kennel Spray help ensure that your yard has the maximum protection it needs from disease-carrying ticks and fleas. The Yard & Kennel Spray's aim is to kill ticks and fleas that have already made it into your yard – something plants certainly can't do, repellant qualities or not.
The best choice is to use a dual approach. When animal wellness is at stake, most would agree that there's no such thing as too much protection. Using repellant plants that can even spruce up your home's garden is a solid choice to preempt an infestation of fleas and ticks. But more conventional products are also necessary to keep your pet safe from the dangers of common pests.
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