How to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:30pm
Close up of red and white papillon

Warm, spring weather means more than just tulips and tubetops. It’s flea and tick season! In addition to just being plain uncomfortable, fleas and ticks can cause some serious health problems for our furry friends. Ticks on pets can also transmit Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever to humans. Ick!

These little parasites are tough to fight, but the ASPCA is here to help. Check out our top five tips for keeping your pets itch-free this spring.

1. Fleas and ticks LOVE long grass and shady outdoor spots. Ensure a pest-free lawn by mowing regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to common tick hosts, including rodents, by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.

2. Talk to your vet about choosing the right, species-specific flea and tick treatment for your pet such as a topical, liquid insecticide applied to the back of the neck. PetArmor, the official flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, is one option.

3. Never use products for dogs on cats, and vice versa. If you accidentally apply the wrong topical treatment to your pet, please call our poison control hotline (888-426-4435) asap.

4. Treat all of your pets for fleas, not just those who show outward signs of infestation.

5. During warmer months, it’s also a good idea to check your pet for ticks. If you do spot a tick, take care when removing it to avoid spreading disease.

Read our how-to guide on how to remove a tick from your pet for more info. And please share this post with your friends on social media with the hashtag #FightFleas.