Summer Pests Harmful to Family Pets

By Brett Martin |, Daniel Shedd |

Published 07/14 2014 07:23AM

Updated 07/14 2014 07:48AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Warm weather in the Ozarks has its perks but also its downfalls for annoying pests.

"With the climate in general, it does promote a lot of different insects as far as variety."

With a rich wildlife population like in Springfield, that creates a big pests population too. Rudy Martinez is the Assistant Manager at the Nature Wildlife Center in Springfield.

"Ticks require a host animal to complete their life cycle as well and people are a part of the including all the mammals."

Martinez says protecting your home and not creating places for them to live is key.

"We always recommend that people check for sources of water around their homes."

These pests that disrupt your outdoor plans can also be detrimental to your pets by carrying diseases. David Weddle is a veterinarian with Wilson’s Creek Animal Hospital.

"The big tick-borne illnesses that I'm going to worry about are Ehrlichia, that's a nasty little bacterial infection and to extent Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Those are the two that I worry about in this part of the world."

Weddle says fleas can cause allergic reaction while mosquitoes can spread Heartworm disease.

"The big things we worry about with a heavy worm burden is obstruction of blood flow, thats going to be fatal."

Weddle says protecting in the beginning is the best way to keep your pet safe.

"We try to stress that to our puppy and kitten owners that its easier to prevent than it is to treat."

Staying consistent with treatment prevention helps protect deadly diseases.

"If its a monthly product or in the case of some of our newer products that last for three months, you got to do it every month or every three months."

Weddle says preventing can help save money in the end because the cost of treatment is much more expensive.

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