Ticks and fleas: How to recognize them and eliminate them from your animals!

Tiques et puces : Comment les reconnaître et les éliminer de vos animaux !
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When we talk about pests, we often think of mice, ants or cockroaches.

But we must not forget about ticks and fleas which can infest our pets and cause health problems not only to them, but also to us.

Recognizing ticks and fleas

Ticks are mites that feed on the blood of their hosts. They are usually dark brown in color and can grow to the size of a pinhead.

When engorged with blood, they can swell to the size of a pea. Ticks can transmit various serious illnesses such as Lyme disease.

Fleas, on the other hand, are small wingless insects that also feed on the blood of their hosts. They are usually reddish brown in color and approximately 1 to 3 mm in length.

Fleas can cause intense itching and allergic reactions in the host.

How to check your pets for ticks and fleas

It is important to regularly inspect your animals for the presence of these parasites. To do this, run your fingers through your pet’s coat, pressing lightly to feel under the skin.

Ticks’ favorite areas are the animal’s head, neck and ears.

To detect the presence of fleas, you can use a flea comb. If your pet has fleas, you will see small black particles that are actually flea droppings.

How to get rid of ticks and fleas

There are several methods to eliminate these parasites. You can use antiparasitic products available at pharmacies or the veterinarian.

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These products can be in the form of sprays, shampoos, collars or pipettes to apply to the animal’s skin.

It is also possible to use natural remedies such as lavender or lemongrass essential oil which have repellent properties against these parasites.

Preventing tick and flea infestation

Prevention is the best way to protect your animals from these parasites.

To do this, it is recommended to regularly treat your animals with antiparasitic products, regularly clean their bedding and their environment, and avoid risky areas such as tall grass where ticks can hide.

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