Cats and dogs are excellent sources of companions in your home. Pets can also help eliminate or reduce pests in your home. For instance, cats are natural hunters of rodents like mice. You often spot a cat running after small insects on the ground, like spiders and scorpions. Dogs will run outside when they spot squirrels and even wild rats.
Some people exclusively keep cats and dogs in their homes to control pests. While you might be content that cats and dogs help keep pests away from your home, it is never the best pest control method. Here are some reasons you should not use a cat or dog for pest removal:
1. Pests Post a Threat to Cats and Dogs
Pests can pose a health threat to your pets. If you love your pet, it would be best to refrain from exposing them to attacks by dangerous pests. Pests from the wild frequently carry diseases in their fur and body. If disease-infested pests have simple contact or bite your cat or dog, they can spread infections to them, and it is never a great sight. Your cat or dog can get sick and even die from dangerous diseases from pests. Some signs of cats and dogs that have infections from disease-infested pests include:
- Swollen face
- Excessive drooling
- Intense scratching of a specific spot
2. Cats and Dogs Do Not Offer a Permanent Solution to Pests
Cats and dogs may chase away pests, but it will never be a reliable control for your home. For instance, cats will get excited over running after mice and rats, but if the rodents run fast and get into places the cats cannot get into, they will give up. Therefore, the pests will still create a habitat in your home whether the cat is present or not.
Additionally, your dog or cat may not have access to other places within your home where pests may live. Rodents can access your home through the alley or garage, and if your cat or dog does not stay within those areas for long, the pests will stay there and even breed a family. Consequently, you may need to find a better solution to pests in your home instead of relying on your cat or dog.
3. Cats and Dogs May Not Have Access to all Pests
Cats and dogs may play a role in removing some pests in your home, but not all of them. Remember, some pests fly or can crawl to heights that your pets cannot access. Your cat and dog will only act upon pests within reach and sight. Pests like bats which fly and make a habitat by hanging themselves on roofs, cannot be controlled by cats or dogs. The bats will most likely not be threatened by the dogs and cats and will return to your house. Furthermore, some dogs or cats may feel threatened by the pests, such as snakes, and will not make any effort to chase them away.
Contact Shumaker’s Animal Control for a Reliable Solution
Cats and dogs are not the best home pest removal solutions. It would be best if you relied on the services of a professional pest controller instead.
Shumaker’s Animal Control can effectively handle all your pest problems in Maryland. Our highly qualified team can humanely trap and remove the pests and relocate them to a safe animal environment.