If you sleep with your beloved pets, you are not alone.
Snuggling into bed for the night with a dearly loved pet is one of life’s simple pleasures. Research tells us that 56% of people sleep with a pet inside their bedroom – many pet-loving families co-sleep with their dogs and cats. Scientific studies suggest that humans get better sleep with their pets in bed with them. Not just better sleep, but co-sleeping with a service dog can diminish the effect of, if not eliminate, a number of sleep maladies. These include parasomnia, nightmares, and obstructive sleep apnea. But, if you are a pet co-sleeper and have ever awoken to dreaded bug bites in the morning, you might worry that these are flea bites – ewwww!
Here Are Ways to Keep Fleas Out of Your Bed
Aside from the nuisance of an indoor flea infestation, flea bites can be dangerous to humans. Did you know that fleas are responsible for an average of seven cases of Bubonic Plague each year in the United States? Amazing but true. Keeping fleas out of your home, and especially out of your sleeping quarters, is super important. But don’t worry – you will not have to stop sleeping with your pet!
Consistent grooming habits are a great start to nurture your favorite sleeping buddy. The ASPCA recommends bathing your dog at least once every three months, but some may require more frequent baths if they spend a lot of time outdoors or have skin problems. Pups with loose facial skin or wrinkles—such as Shar Peis and Pugs—will need special attention. To prevent dirt and bacteria from causing irritation and infection, clean the folds with damp cotton. Always thoroughly dry the areas between the folds. Our feline friends are well-equipped to tackle their own hair care needs. But if they get into something sticky or smelly, you may need to give them a bath.
As for the safe use of flea and tick preventive products, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends consulting with your pet’s vet about your options and what’s best for your pet. Some questions you can ask include:
1. What parasites does this product protect against?
2. How often should I use/apply the product?
3. How long will it take for the product to work?
4. If I see a flea or tick, does that mean it's not working?
5. What should I do if my pet has a reaction to the product?
6. Is there a need for more than one product?
7. How would I apply or use multiple products on my pet?
Should you encounter a flea infestation in your yard it’s time for expert flea control.
Where Can You Get Flea Control in Jacksonville?
Flea control Jacksonville is a long game – a marathon, if you will. There is no magic pill, no snake oil, no one-time treatment. For optimum and continued protection, professionals do it best.
Mosquito Squad flea control is an effectively proven methodology. Once our technicians arrive at your home, they will conduct a comprehensive inspection to assess your situation. Once the scope of your flea problem is known, we will develop a targeted plan of attack for the specific areas of your yard where fleas harbor and breed like brush and wood piles, tall grass, and under decks. It’s important that adult fleas do not reproduce. Our treatment will focus on stopping them from spreading.