Bugs are incredibly annoying to us, but have you ever wondered how they effect our pets? Some insects specifically seek out our furry friends to feed on, while others are only dangerous if they are ingested. Check out the top ten most dangerous pests that you need to watch out for to keep your pets safe.
Coming in contact with an ant hill can be a terrible experience for a dog or cat. They can get a large amount of itchy bites in a short amount of time, which often resemble hives.
9. Bed Bugs
Our pets are not immune to the wrath of bed bugs. These parasitic creatures can create itchy welts on our furry friends, just as they do to us.
Fleas are itchy and annoying. Some dogs and cats will develop a more sever reaction, called allergic dermatitis. This can lead to sores and hairlessness. If you believe your pet has fleas, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about a flea and tick treatment plan.
7. Stinging Insects
Only some pets are allergic to bees and wasps. If your pet is stung by one of these, keep a close eye out for signs of an allergic reaction. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is best to err on the side of caution, and take them to the vet.
Cockroaches are not going to bite or injure your pet, but they are dangerous if eaten. Some roaches carry parasites, that can cause stomach worms.
The only poisonous spider that resides in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area is the black widow. If your dog or cat is bitten by one of these creatures, it may actually take a few days for symptoms to appear. Black widow bites can cause deep tissue damage if left untreated, which sometimes requires amputation. If you notice a swollen bite, or your pet is acting ill, be sure to take them to the vet to have the situation checked out.
It is important to check your pet for ticks after any outdoor activity; especially those in wooded areas. If you find a tick on your dog or cat, be sure to remove it immediately. Watch out for signs of tick paralysis, and even Lyme disease. If your pet exhibits difficulty breathing, paralysis, or any basic signs of illness, be sure to take them to the vet.
These bugs carry lucibufagins, which is the chemical that makes them glow. This chemical is toxic to a wide array of animals. For larger pets, ingestion of a lightning bug will simply cause an upset stomach. However, to smaller animals such as cats and lizards, lucibufagins can lead to death.
2. Monarch Butterflies
These beautiful creatures will not attack other animals, but they live and breed in poisonous habitats. If your dog or cat comes into contact with a milkweed plant, or eats a monarch caterpillar, be sure to take them to the vet. Untreated symptoms can actually lead to death. Luckily, the likeliness of this happening is very slim, as both the plant and caterpillars have a bitter taste that most animals do not enjoy.
Mosquitoes are incredibly dangerous to both humans and pets, because they carry so many diseases. Some species of mosquitoes are carriers of the heartworm disease. If a cat or dog contracts heartworm disease, it can lead to death within a few months if it is left untreated. Signs of this include, but are not limited to: lethargy, cough, and weight loss. However, not all mosquitoes are dangerous to our furry friends. If your pet is bitten by a mosquito that is not carrying the heartworm disease, the worst reaction they will have is an itchy bite.
If you have concerns about any of these pests in or around your home, GreenStar Pest Control is here to help. We provide family-friendly pest control solutions that are safe for adults, children, and pets.