Pest control with pets: are your furry friends at risk with pests in the house?
Australia is a nation obsessed with fur babies.
In 2016, it was estimated that there were more than 24 million pets in Australia. At 62%, we have the highest rate of pet ownership in the world and out of 9.2 million homes throughout Australia, 5.7 million homes have at least one pet.
We love our cats, dogs, fish and birds, plus more bizarre pets like ferrets, rodents, reptiles and even farm animals. Most people spend thousands of dollars protecting and caring for their pets - from expensive vet visits to vaccines, worming treatments and flea treatments, the pet healthcare market in Australia must be booming.
In fact, parasiticides (treatments for internal and external parasites) make up 65% of all healthcare products sold Australia-wide… however, you might be wasting both time and money.
If you’re letting cockroaches, mosquitos and fleas run around the house without pest control, you could be unnecessarily putting your furry friends at risk. Let us break it down for you.
Why you need pest control with pets: vermin and their dangers
Cockroaches are smart little beasties. Most of the time, when a cockroach sees a dog or cat roaming around the house, the roach will run and hide to avoid being attacked or eaten.
There’s a reason cockroaches are expected to live long after a nuclear attack. They know when to make a strategic escape.
However, on the odd occasion when a cockroach can’t find food, scraps or crumbs to eat around the house, they may be inclined to feed on your cat or dog’s skin, causing itching and discomfort for your furry friend.
This is a disturbing thought as it is, but cockroaches can also contaminate their food and drinking water if left out. Cockroaches are covered in dangerous bacteria and if a cat, dog, or even a human is exposed, cockroaches can spread viral diseases.
Summer is the worst time for mosquitos - and not just for humans.
Mosquitos don’t discriminate when it comes to getting a feed. Mozzies will bite humans, birds, reptiles and even our four-legged friends. When we get bitten, we might get an itch and a welt, but when cats and dogs get bitten, their lives are put at risk.
One of the most serious conditions to come from a mosquito bite is heartworm. Once your pet is infected with the parasite, the heartworm larva will flow through their bloodstream and as the larvae mature, they will start to clog up your pet’s heart and vital blood vessels. If this happens, your cat or dog will develop a cough, appear sick, and tire out very easily.
#3. Rats & mice
Cats love chasing rats and mice - it’s part of their natural instincts. However, eating rodents can be dangerous for both cats and dogs, not just because it’s raw meat.
The biggest cause for concern is Toxoplasma. If a dog eats a rodent that has Toxoplasmosis cysts in their muscles, your dog can be infected with the protozoan organism Toxoplasma which can make dogs quite sick with diarrhea, pneumonia, liver disease, or issues with their nervous system.
The second problem with rats and mice is roundworm. Rodents are often infected with roundworm larvae - which is why many cats and dogs get infected with roundworm! The parasite feeds on the contents of their intestines and steals their nutrients, making them sick, and landing you with an expensive trip to the vet’s office.
#4. Fleas & ticks
Did you know that 83% of fleas grow and develop in your carpet? Yep! Even if your cats and dogs spent most of their time out and about, one of the most dangerous places for ticks and fleas to appear is the carpet.
Fleas are a major pain point for cats and dogs. Most pet owners spend most of their time combating fleas - fleas can cause intense itching and all the scratching can cause the skin to break open, forming scabs and infections.
Plus, fleas can spread tapeworm larvae which attach to your pet’s intestines and feed on the nutrients, much like roundworm. Ticks, on the other hand, are much more serious.
Ticks often attach themselves to areas with little or no hair like the face, ears and neck. Not all ticks are dangerous straight away, but some ticks can cause weakness, joint swelling or anaemia. If your pet suffers from a mass infestation of ticks, tick saliva can cause toxins to enter their bloodstream - causing tick paralysis.
Eliminating the risk of infection, sickness and disease with natural pest control
Whether you have pets that spend a lot of time indoors, it’s important to compliment their current healthcare regime (vaccines, worming treatments, flea treatments) with natural pest control in the home.
Cockroaches, mosquitos, fleas, ticks and rodents pose a serious risk to your pet’s health. Pest control will help keep these beasties out of your house and away from your pets.
At Pest Free, we’re committed to keeping pets safe and keeping pests out. Our Pest Free Domestic Units are the safest option in for homes with pets in Australia - rather than using harsh, toxic chemicals, our units use the existing electromagnetic field in your home’s structure to drive cockroaches and other pests away.
Our pest control is perfect for homes with pets. Shop online for the Pest Free Domestic Units, now available in packs of two!