Pet pests pose unique threats to both people and animals and can be brought inside on fur, skin and clothing. They can easily fall or jump from one surface to another or from an animal to its owner. They are difficult to spot, and they can be carriers of multiple diseases. The good news is they can often be prevented.
Fleas and ticks have unique adaptations that make them well suited to finding and feeding on pets. Animal fur is ideal for them to grab onto when pets walk through woods or grass. When dogs and cats come back inside, be sure to do a complete check to be sure no unwanted hitchhikers are coming in with them.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), pet pests can be more than just an itchy annoyance. Fleas can transfer tapeworms to your animal friends, cause flea allergy dermatitis, and in rare cases, transmit bubonic plague if they’ve fed on an infected rodent. Ticks are not as noticeable as fleas, but they are known to carry very serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and can even cause “tick paralysis” in animals.