Avoid Sharing Pests In Charlotte’s Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods

Shared Pests A Common Problem Among Charlotte Pet Owners

In Charlotte’s pet-friendly neighborhoods, avoiding trafficking of pet-related pests can be a major problem. No one intentionally engages in pest trafficking. Yet every time you visit a dog-friendly local brewery, you run the risk of sharing pest infestations. Unless properly protected, your pet is just another host for fleas, ticks and other common pet pests.

Or perhaps you take you dog walking in Freedom Park. If so, you will likely encounter several other Charlotte pet owners. In most events, the pets will be, as legally required, on a leash. However, dogs still tend to fellowship. This can, and sometimes does, advance the spread of ticks, fleas and other pet-related pests. It may also further the spread of various pet-specific sicknesses and diseases.

You don’t want to be unfriendly. Neither do you want your pet to share pests with every other pet in the park. Yet dogs need a certain amount of common interaction. And this, my friend, brings you face-to-face with a primary safety issue. And it is not about being a good neighbor, nor is it about making sure your pet experiences a certain amount of relational bonding. It’s just a matter of not wanting to take home unwanted pests that are sometimes common to Charlotte pet owners.

This article examines the dangers of shared pests in a pet-friendly city. Learn how to live among those who fail to practice reliable pet-related flea and tick control.

Strays Are Prime Leaders In Charlotte Pest Trafficking

In order to track the magnitude of animal overpopulation in Charlotte, the CMPD Animal Care and Control compiles monthly shelter-related animal traffic statistics. Various critters pass through the shelters, but the stats focus only on stray dogs and cats. Primary purpose of the reports: To help Charlotte pet owners better understand the depth of the problem. In fiscal year 2017, Charlotte animal control took in 3,012 total stray cats, and 5,047 total stray dogs.

Through no fault of their own, animals without owners rate as prime leaders in Charlotte pest trafficking activities. Even if it is in your nature to take favorable action on behalf of Charlotte strays, you don’t want to increase the pest-factor in local neighborhoods. Furthermore, stray dogs can be dangerous. Here are some tips for personal safety:

  • If possible avoid the dog.
  • If you must pass a stray, keep eyes-on and move slowly.
  • Never assume that a loose dog is a lost pet.
  • Do not run.
  • Avoid direct eye contact.
  • Do not yell, wave your arms or otherwise provoke the dog.
  • If walking with your pet, follow an action best suited to prevent interaction between the two dogs.

Put An End To Pest Trafficking

If your pet ventures into the outdoors, “hitch-hikers” will eventually find a way into your home. Sometimes it’s just a bug or two; sometimes it’s fleas, mosquitoes, ticks or some other harmful pet-related pest. Here are some tips to help you protect your pet from the shared pests that are so common to Charlotte’s pet-friendly neighborhoods:

  • Use routine flea and tick preventive treatments. However, please be aware that treatments alone do not eliminate existing problems.
  • Practice routine pet grooming, including regular trimming of fur. Poorly groomed pets make perfect pest trafficking hosts.
  • Keep pet sleeping quarters orderly and clean.
  • AND avoid letting your pet come into contact with known pest trafficking pets.

Carolina Pest Management For Professional Charlotte Regional Pest Control

Once your Carolina home becomes infected with fleas, ticks or some other shared pet-specific pests, contact Carolina Pest Management ASAP. We’ve been here since 1939, serving the area with professional, environmentally safe pest control practices, including humane wildlife removal. We’re family-owned, reliable, and extremely competent.

By Kristin Dodd

Kristin Dodd, the President of Carolina Pest Management, has been with the company full-time for over 20 years, but has been a part of the family-owned business for much longer. She is currently an active board member of the North Carolina Pest Management Association, and was the President from 2010-2011. She is a licensed operator in...

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