Autumn’s Unwanted Guests
Fall is here, and you do know what that means – it’s tick and flea season again! Those tiny troublemakers thrive in the fall before the frost hits, so we need to be on our game to protect our furry pals. As the fall season settles in, so do the pesky ticks and fleas.
The Seasonal Behavior of Fleas and Ticks
Understanding the life cycles and activity patterns of these critters.
Fleas are at their peak when it’s around seventy degrees. While they can survive in various climates, their prime time for causing havoc is from late spring through winter, with the worst months being September, October, and November.
Fleas are sneaky – they can jump onto your pet right from your yard and make themselves comfy in your furniture and carpets. These critters can lurk in leaf piles, tall grasses, and even hitch a ride from one animal to another.
As for ticks, they’re looking for one last meal before hibernation during the fall. Adult ticks are most active from March to mid-May and from mid-August to November. Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, love the shift from summer to fall, and they tend to pop up in October, sticking around as long as it stays above freezing. So, yeah, they’re pretty active this time of year.
Horses and Ticks: A Special Concern
If you’re a proud horse owner, you’re well aware of the unique challenges that come with tick season. Ticks can be particularly troublesome for these magnificent animals and can lead to tick born illnesses like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Lyme Disease in horses has been linked to cronic Uveitis also known as Moon Blindness in horses.
After your horse’s outdoor romps or rides, it’s crucial to inspect them thoroughly. Use a fine-toothed comb to navigate their coat, especially focusing on areas like the head, ears, neck, mane, and tail, where ticks often prefer to hide. Make this a routine, post-outdoor activity to ensure your horse remains tick-free and comfortable.
Additionally, check horse blankets and any other equipment your equine companion may have come into contact with. Keeping your horse tick-free is an essential part of their well-being, particularly during the autumn months when ticks are most active.
Signs Your Pet May Be Under Attack
Recognizing the telltale signs of flea and tick infestations in your furry friends.
So, how do you know if your pet’s been invaded? Well, if you notice them itching like crazy, that’s a big clue. Flea bites can leave red spots on their skin, and sometimes you can actually spot the fleas themselves, especially around their tummy and skin folds.
As for ticks, be sure to give your furry friend a thorough once-over after a walk or hike. Run a fine-tooth comb through their fur while the ticks are still scouting for a cozy spot to dig in. Pay extra attention to their head, ears, neck, mane, and tail. Oh, and don’t forget to check your pet’s beds, blankets, and any furniture they hang out on for any tick stowaways.
Preventive Measures for a Pest-Free Fall
Effective strategies to safeguard your pets during the autumn months.
Now, let’s talk prevention. Here are some tips to keep your pets pest-free this fall:
- Keep that lawn trimmed, folks!
- Say goodbye to leaf piles.
- Be cautious around unfamiliar pets and animals – you never know who might be carrying unwanted guests.
- Always check your pets after outdoor adventures, feeling for any suspicious bumps.
- Consider adding Bug Zap Naturally for Dogs, Cats and Horses to your pet’s routine. It provides a 24-hour shield against fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, and more.
- If you’ve been giving Bug Zap Naturally already, think about increasing the dose during fall.
Additional Protection Options
Exploring supplements and remedies to bolster your pets’ defenses.
Bub Zap Naturally is a natural supplement for dogs, cats and horses that eliminates fleas and ticks the naturally healthy way.
100% natural ingredients work from the inside out to provide round the clock protection against flies, ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, and other biting insects.
So there you have it, folks – a little extra vigilance and some preventive measures will keep your Horses, Dogs and Cats happy and healthy this fall.