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Outdoor Pet Protection Tips

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Protecting your pet from pests may not always be top of mind. Sure, keeping pests away from your pet will give him a better quality of life; but it can also protect his or her life. Some pests like ticks, scorpions and poisonous spiders, to name just a few, can pose a serious threat to your pet. Here are 5 outdoor pet protection tips.

5 Outdoor Pet Protection Tips

  1. Maintain Your Outdoor Space. Big or small your lawn and garden areas should be cut regularly and kept clear of debris. Seasonal lawn cleanups are essential to remove leaf litter, twigs and other plant material that may attract pests to the area.
  2. Treat Your Lawn. Despite your best efforts, ticks, mosquitoes and even fleas can infiltrate your outdoor space. Talk to your landscaper about a safe lawn treatment to keep these pests at bay.
  3. Treat Your Pet. Speak with a trusted veterinarian on the best flea and tick treatment for your pet. Be sure to set calendar reminders to ensure you never miss a dose.
  4. Regularly Inspect Your Pet. Be sure to closely examine your pet after hikes, walks and time spent outdoors. Despite your best efforts and prescription treatments, your pet can still come into contact with fleas, ticks and other pests.
  5. Monitor Your Home. Don’t let your guard down on pests just because most time is spent inside of the home. Fleas, ticks, scorpions, spiders and other pests can easily infest a home and latch onto your pet while indoors. Glue boards offer an extra layer of protection to alert you early on to an indoor pest infestation. Use them near your pet’s sleeping area but always safely out of reach of your pet.

Trust the Experts

If you discover a pest problem in your home or on your pet work closely with your veterinarian and pest management professional for a safe solution.

Learn more about Catchmaster® insect glue boards and monitors here: https://catchmasterpro.com/product/insect-traps-monitors/

Learn more about your pest management from the National Pest Management Association here: https://npmapestworld.org/

Bobby Kossowicz is a content creator for the Catchmaster® brand, learn more here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/bobby-kossowicz/

 

5 Tips for a Naturally Pest-Free Garden

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Controlling pests in a garden is no easy task but there are 5 tips for a naturally pest-free garden that will help. Pests are naturally drawn to landscaping as plants offer pests food, moisture and shelter.  All of these elements are necessary for their survival. Naturally controlling the bad pests in a garden can help ensure plantings will flourish.  In addition, a home with a well-maintained landscape adds enjoyment and increases a home’s value.  But the benefits don’t end there.

Naturally controlling bad pests in the garden will help to ensure a pest-free home. Overgrown shrubs, trees and plantings, leaf debris and unsightly weeds will attract pests to the exterior of your home. Eventually, those garden pests near the perimeter of your home may make their way inside in search of food, water and shelter.

Follow these tips for a naturally pest-free garden and enjoy the added benefit of protecting your home pest invaders.

5 tips for a Naturally Pest-Free Garden

  1. Use physical barriers, such as a copper tape, that will act as a repellent to deter pests like snails and slugs. As the copper develops the green patina the compounds become toxic to pests.  Many gardeners have found this will help to deter snails and slugs from crossing it.
  2. Overgrown trees and shrubs can be a perfect spot for pests to nest in. Keep plants and shrubs well-trimmed, away from the home, as overgrown branches also offer pests the perfect highway into the home as they seek out food and water.
  3. Rake-up leaf litter and plant debris that serves as the perfect hiding spot for ticks and other pests and an excellent breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  4. Remove anything that may collect water and drain decorative items weekly.  Objects like birdbaths and plant dishes may offer mosquitoes a place to breed.
  5. Stay ahead of the pests – ask your pest management professional about monitoring with Catchmaster® AG sticky cards.

Additional Resources

Learn more about Catchmaster® AG sticky cards here: https://catchmasterpro.com/product/sticky-cards/

Learn more garden tips from the National Gardening Association here: https://garden.org/