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What Pests Are Most Harmful to My Pets?


Dog thinking about fleas and ticks
Fleas and ticks are the most common pests that affect our pets.

Pets can be affected by a variety of pests, some of which can be harmful to their health. Here are some of the most harmful pests to pets:

  1. Ticks: Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that can transmit diseases to pets, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. They can be found in grass or bushes and can jump on passing animals.

  2. Fleas: Fleas are a common issue for pets and can cause itching, irritation, and even anemia in severe cases. They can also transmit tapeworms to pets.

  3. Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm to pets, which can be fatal if left untreated. They can also cause itching and irritation.

  4. Mice and Rats: Mice and rats can carry diseases that can be transmitted to pets, such as leptospirosis and hantavirus.

  5. Stink Bugs: Stink bugs can release a foul odor when threatened, which can cause vomiting and other symptoms in pets if ingested.

  6. Bees and Wasps: Stinging pests like bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can cause severe allergic reactions in pets, which can be life-threatening.

 

Sick dog lying in bed with ice pack on head and thermometer in mouth
With regular pest control, you can help keep pests from harming your pet.

It's important to keep pets away from these pests and to take preventative measures, such as using flea and tick prevention products and keeping the home clean and free of pests. If a pet does come in contact with a harmful pest, it's important to seek veterinary care immediately.

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