May 25th, 2019
We’re getting to the summer months, which means that you might start seeing more pests in and around your home. For your dog, now is the time for more fleas, more ticks, and more mosquitoes to worry about, and that’s why it is important to remember your pet’s flea medicine this time of year.
Rats are another pest that your home may need to worry about. Rats are challenges all 12 months of the year, but in summer they may be particularly problematic because of one, easy to fix mistake that affects many pet owners this time of year: leaving dog poop out in the yard.
Dog Poop and Rats
Rats are scavengers. They look for any free and easily accessible sources of food that they can. Dog poop is filled with the tasty goodness rats enjoy, and it is often freely available and easily accessible, as there is less competition for such a fine dining experience.
Summer is when it can feel too hot to pick up poop, and when dogs spend more time outdoors unaccompanied in the yard. It is not uncommon to leave poop around the property, waiting for a day that it cools down to pick it up.
But if you want to avoid rats, picking up poop is one of many important steps that you can take to reduce food sources for the rats on your property, encouraging them to seek out food from someone else’s home.
Picking Up After Your Pet
Picking up dog poop alone is not going to completely prevent the risk of rats. But it will help, and since it is important for the cleanliness and safety of your dogs and family, it’s always a good idea to make sure that you’re picking up after your pet right away – or at least once a day before nightfall, when the rats go out exploring.
At FurBabies, we do our part, picking up after your pets and making sure that we never leave any dog poop on your property. For pet sitting and dog walking in Lake Mary, Sanford, and Longwood, contact FurBabies Home Pet Care today.