Household pets are great companions and frequently treated as equal members of the family. They keep you company whenever desired and provide a sense of security. Meanwhile, your beloved dog, cat, or rabbit, to name a few, can also be the prime source to pest problems.
A pet's presence can unknowingly coax rats, raccoons, and even bed bugs out of their hiding places to cause a full fledged outbreak of chaos in your home. However, there are a few easy ways to help lower the possibility.
It's pretty obvious that what most pests are seeking when they enter your home is either food, shelter, or both. The most important thing for pest control is keeping all pet food securely contained, allowing no chance that either a raccoon or rat can get into it. Raccoons are very determined creatures, so make sure that if your pet is being fed outside, the food is closely monitored and cleaned up thoroughly, or better yet, just feed your pet indoors to avoid the situation entirely.
Believe it or not, one disturbing way that rats could be attracted to your property is through your animal's feces. There's still some morsels of food remaining in their waste that can be enjoyed, so cleaning up after your pets go to the bathroom outside is another way to reduce the risk.
Cats and dogs also serve as great transporters of smaller pests, most commonly fleas and bed bugs. Even if your home didn't already have bed bugs, your pet can carry them from one place to another in their hair. Keep your pets clean and keep a keen eye out for unwanted bugs in their fur.
With the colder weather coming in quickly the threat of these pests invading your home via your fury friends is a reality.