How to Keep Your Dogs & Cats Safe from Pests

Dogs and cats are sure to be outside most summer days. Whether you take them for planned walks or let them roam free, they will come in contact with some creepy crawlies. Pet owners need to be especially cautious, as insects like fleas and ticks can pose a serious health risk to dogs, cats, and other animals during the spring and summer.

Fleas are more than an itchy annoyance. Known for leaving itchy red bumps, their saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and transfer tapeworms.

Ticks can be equally hazardous to pets. Female ticks can attach near a pet’s spinal cord, causing “tick paralysis.” The condition causes muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in some cases death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed. They also carry lyme disease. It will inflame their joints and can cause lack of appetite and depression.

So, make sure to follow these tips to help reduce your pet’s exposure to fleas and ticks:

  • Avoid walking in tall grass where fleas can easily hitch a ride
  • Avoid tick habitats such as low-growing brushy vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.
  • Bathe pets after walks outside.
  • Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys weekly.
  • Frequently wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture. Empty vacuum bags in an outside bin.
  • Check pets frequently for fleas and flea dirt. Be aware of excessive scratching, licking and nibbling grooming behavior in pets.
  • If you suspect a flea or tick pest problem, contact a licensed pest professional immediately to treat the problem.

For more information on pest control in Providence, contact us or call us at 401-992-9000.

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Bonus Blog Article

How to Keep Gray Squirrels Away in Rhode Island

Did you know there are over 200 species of squirrel worldwide? The smallest squirrel is the African pygmy which is around 10 cm long, and the largest squirrel is the Indian giant at a massive 3′ long!

Thankfully here in New England, you won’t find that big guy trying to make his way into your home. However, with winter winding down and spring close upon us, we ARE entering breeding season for Gray Squirrels. This means they want to get inside and they want in NOW!

Determined Little Critters

Gray squirrels are determined and efficient little critters that can create extensive damage to your home or business. Once inside your attic, eves or crawl spaces gray squirrels will create dreys, otherwise known as nests, using whatever is available to them such as insulation, leaves from your gutters and even scraps from your attic storage boxes. Another major problem squirrels pose is the fact that they constantly have to chew to maintain the size of their teeth otherwise they may grow into their neck. To prevent this they chew on lead flashing, electrical wires and all types of wood framing inside and outside of a structure which can result in serious consequences for the property owner.

Squirrel Community Watch

If you live in a neighborhood with a large population of gray squirrels you ARE more likely to end up with a squirrel problem.  Additionally, if you have any type of bird feeder on your property you will likely attract those pesky gray squirrels, amongst other critters, to your yard. Once attracted they are far more likely to stay and look for shelter near the food source. You have unintentionally invited these furry little creatures to reside inside your home or business. 

An ounce of wildlife prevention is worth more than a million pounds of squirrel poop.”
-Ed Gannon, Precision Wildlife

Inspect Your Property

In most situations, we all react or respond to wildlife-related problems when they occur and often it is far too late as the damage has already been done. Wildlife specialists’ in Rhode Island advise that you visually inspect your home or business well before gray squirrel entry occurs. Often a quick inspection today of your roofs eves, rooflines, chimney tops, and attics can save you hundreds if not thousands in removal and damage restoration services later on.

Maintaining Your Property

Gray squirrels will take the path of least resistance; often entering at rotted or missing fascia boards and using out of control trees and shrubbery to jump on your roofs. Gray Squirrels have the ability to jump over 6′ up and 8′ across so be sure to keep tree limbs cut back approx. 10’-12’ and replace any rotted wood promptly. Cleaning your gutters regularly will also help by preventing squirrel baths and water damage.

Install Chimney Caps and Guards

Approximately 60% of all squirrel calls we receive at Precision Wildlife are due to cap-less chimneys or unguarded vents. Simply installing a squirrel proof cap or a vent cover is a sure way to prevent squirrel entry at these common points. Also, screen guarding gable vents and susceptible roofline gaps help to minimize entry points. We carry many vent covers and chimney caps and can provide installation promptly.

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