The National Pest Management Association advises pet owners on how to
protect against fleas and ticks
FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pets are important members of many families and the season’s spring
showers and warmer temperatures are bringing an unwelcomed risk to their
health in the form of tiny, biting, blood-feeding pests. The National
Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages people to protect
their pets from ticks and fleas and safeguard against infestations.
Animals are ideal hosts for fleas and ticks because they are low to the
ground and easy to hitch rides on, and their fur provides the perfect
cover. These pests should be taken seriously as they pose significant
health threats to both humans and animal friends, and are capable of
transmitting multiple diseases.
Fleas, for instance, are an itchy annoyance causing flea allergy
dermatitis, but they can also cause anemia, transfer tapeworms to
animals and Bubonic Plague to humans. Ticks are equally dangerous, and
depending on the species, are known to transmit Lyme disease,
anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and can even
cause tick paralysis.
“The best way to protect your family from biting pests is to prevent an
infestation from occurring in the first place,” said Cindy Mannes, vice
president of public affairs at NPMA. “Pet owners should employ the use
of preventive treatment options, thoroughly check pets’ fur after every
trip outside, and maintain outdoor properties to be less inviting to
flea and tick populations.”
The NPMA provides additional advice for keeping fleas and ticks off your
pets and out of your home:
- Avoid walking pets in tall grass and wooded areas.
- Wash pet bedding and plush toys.
- Vacuum frequently.
Talk to your veterinarian about prevention/treatment options to repel
or kill fleas and ticks, and learn more about heartworm protection.
If you find a tick, remove it immediately by extracting the head and
mouthparts completely. If fleas are found, bathe animals. Consult with
- If pests are present in the home, contact a licensed pest professional.
For more information, visit: www.PestWorld.org.
About the National Pest Management Association
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment
to the protection of public health, food and property. For more
information, visit NPMAPestWorld.org.