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My Dog Eats Insects: Safe or Dangerous

Puppies love to play, stalk, and eat insects whether we are watching them or not. Many never outgrow their fascination with little critters. It can be alarming since to us when we consider how fast their fun time can turn ugly in a quick gulp. If only we could tell them what to watch out for.

Are Bugs Safe to Eat?

Luckily, many are harmless, and some may even be nutritious. Grasshoppers are high in protein and fat free. However, the occasional bug does pose a small risk if it is one of the few that are poisonous. Bugs that typically prey on animals, such as ticks, mosquitos or cockroaches, are common carriers of parasites that can inflict serious health problems if left untreated, so if your pet is bitten, they may require immediate treatment.

Bug Prevention

We can limit their exposure by keeping dogs in areas that have a minimal amount of pests. Areas around their bedding should be regularly inspected and kept clutter free so that bugs cannot hideout. Outdoor bug prevention may also include routinely raking up leaves, mowing, and eliminating areas that are prone to accumulate standing water.

Dog Care

Walking dogs on a short leash will help you prevent them from any questionable encounters. Annual parasite screenings by a veterinarian will ensure that developing issues are thwarted. Monthly deworming combats parasites contracted from soil and the occasional digested bug.

Ultimately, you are never going to completely be able to protect them. There will always be the occasional run in with a bug since it is a part of a dog’s life to be outdoors in nature. If you’re noticing an unordinary population of crawly things in general, you may need to get your home and yard treated in addition to ordinary maintenance.

If you have any more questions about keeping your dogs and pets safe or to request professional service, contact Clegg’s online or phone us at 888-672-5344.


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Steps to Take When You Notice a Tick on Your Pet

Australian_Shepherd_600In many regions in the US, while stroking and petting your pets, small foreign objects will be discovered that are often ticks embedded in the animal’s skin. At about ¼ inch in diameter, a tick body is hard, round and almost flat.

The first time a tick is discovered, it may be confused with a scab, but most small scab-like things on pets turn out to be ticks. Pets spending any time outside in untreated areas are very likely to get ticks.

In the South East US, ticks are inevitable unless the pet never wanders from untreated areas. Ticks cannot be ignored, they carry Lyme disease and the bites become infected. Once a tick is discovered, there is a recommended process, and it is important to be prepared before the tick is removed.

A small jar of alcohol, tweezers and rubber gloves should be within reach.

Most dogs and some cats enjoy the stroking and contact involved with tick exams. Rubber gloves are important because ticks do carry Lyme disease and rubber gloves are protection. When a tick is found, complete the following process.

  1. With one hand separate the fur hair so the tick is completely visible.
  2. Using the other hand, grasp the tick with the tweezers and slowly pull straight out. The tick will not move once embedded in the animal. Tick removal is not painful if there is no infection.
  3. Drop the tick in the jar of alcohol. The tick will still be alive and you can see the little legs kicking. The alcohol will kill the tick. If the head or part of the head is left in the animal, that is fine, it will be broken down without any problems. The important thing is to pull out the tick body which is full of the fluid that will make the animal sick.
  4. Examine your pet for more ticks and repeat the process.
  5. At each tick removal site, treat with a dab of anti-biotic ointment or touch with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab.

During tick season, examining your pet frequently for ticks is important.

Pest control experts are able to help protect you and your pets from tick bites. A schedule of professional applications will not only help protect your home and garden from ticks and fleas but will also prevent infestations of other dangerous or annoying pests.

For pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 for a free pest control evaluation and quote.

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What Should Pet Friendly Extermination Solutions Provide?

Pet-Friendly ExterminationAre you concerned that an exterminator’s efforts may harm your pet? Many pest control efforts do involve toxic chemicals. Pest control professionals have safe and effective methods to do their job while protecting companion animals, however.

The exact approach depends on the type and severity of your pest problem. In some cases, exterminators can apply pest control substances that are not toxic, or at least not toxic to any species but the pests they target. In other cases, pest removal pros may be able to use preventive techniques, such as sealing holes, cleaning gutters or drying damp areas to reduce the risk of future infestations, and therefore limit the need for pest control chemicals to be applied.

Here’s what you should expect from a pet-friendly pest-removal service:

1) Instructions on whether larger pets (cats and dogs, for example) should be removed during the procedure. You’ll be told when it’s safe for people and animals to return.

2) Notification of which areas have been treated, so you can keep an eye on your pets and shoo them away from affected spots until chemicals have lost their potency. This usually occurs a short time after the pest control treatment.

3) Instructions for protecting smaller pets that can’t be easily moved (aquarium fish, for instance). In most cases, this involves covering the living habitat.

4) Reassurance that modern pest control chemicals are highly targeted to harm vermin and remain harmless to other species. Products are applied in small quantities and dry quickly, so only pests are likely to come into contact with them.

5) Explanation of any alternative treatments to substitute for poisons, if your pest problem allows. These solutions can range from applying non-toxic substances that trap insects to preventive techniques that reduce future infestations.

6) Recommendations on where you can place any interim treatments (for example roach powders), so that pets cannot reach them.

7) Information to help you recognize if your pets are bothered by pests, for example, how to spot signs of bed bug or other bug bites in pets.

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control is one of North Carolina’s most established extermination services. We have the expertise needed to protect your home from pests common to the state, and to ensure the safety of you, your family and your pets.

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