If you have a cat, dog, or any pet, you know that your furry, scaly, or feathery friend is part of your family. As much as this is true, pets are still animals, and with animals can come pests. However, pets can also keep pests away and serve as a natural kind of pest management.
Whether you are considering adopting a new pet or are interested in learning more about controlling pests in your home, it is important to consider all of the ways in which pets can help or hurt your pest management situation.
Pests that Pets May Bring into Your Home
Any pet can carry pests into your home. Whether bugs are living in your dog’s fur or your cat carries in a bird in its mouth, the occurrence of pests coming into your home because of a pet is very common.
Your pet may bring in pests such as:
The Dangers that Pests Present to Pets
Some pests, whether they were brought in by your pet or not, are dangerous to domesticated animals. Pest control is important for protecting every member of your family, including your pets. If your home is not protected from pests, it’s possible that bugs, rodents, and wildlife can enter your home and endanger your pets.
Most pet owners know the negative effects that fleas and ticks present to their animals — common pet pests can carry disease and cause illness and discomfort in dogs and cats. Other pests that may enter your home — such as mice, rats, bats, raccoons, possums, birds, and skunks — also pose a threat to your pets. These wild animals can also spread diseases and present the added risk of attacking your pets. Making sure your home is pest-free will keep your pets safe on many levels.
Pets that Can Prevent Pests in Your Home
Although pets can bring pests into your home and be threatened by pests in the house, some pets can play an active role in pest management, simply by following their instincts. Cats are known to chase away and kill small rodents, and many people choose to adopt cats for this reason. Dogs can also keep small animals away from your property, but it is important to remember the dangers that wild animals can pose to dogs. Some birds and reptiles eat bugs and can lower the mosquito population around your house, for example. You should be mindful of the relationship that your specific type of pet may have with common household pests.
The best way to manage pests in your home is with professional guidance. Frame’s Pest Control, Inc. is here to help you!