Hawaii is a breeding ground for all types of insects, and without regular fumigation or pest control treatments, they can sometimes become a problem. This is particularly true if you have cats. Cats are inveterate bug hunters, and attacking the wrong critter could be harmful to your feline. Here are a few local insects you should watch out for on behalf of your furry friend.
What Insects Could Be Dangerous to Your Cat?
Fleas & Ticks
These bites aren’t venomous, but they can transmit disease. Fleas carry heartworm disease, and there’s no known cure for it. Although cats are more resistant to it than dogs, the disease still has the possibility of lodging in their lungs. Ticks carry Lyme disease, spotted fever, and several other dangerous viruses. While you’re waiting for professional extermination to eradicate the problem, try some home fumigation techniques, like spraying pet-friendly repellent, vacuuming frequently, and bathing your cat with bug-deterrent shampoo.
Cats love to watch spiders spinning webs and pounce on them unsuspectingly. However, Hawaii hosts several species of venomous spiders, including brown and black widows, brown violins, and brown recluses. Some venoms damage tissue and result in major wounds, while others cause paralysis and breathing difficulties.
Bees & Wasps
Most cats will heal quickly from a single wasp or bee sting; however, if your furry friend upsets an entire hive, a hundred swarming stingers could cause serious harm. Even a few stings could cause severe reactions if your pet is allergic.
The critters come in a variety of sizes, ranging from half an inch to six inches long. The larger the bug, the more venom it delivers with each bite, so although smaller ones won't cause permanent damage to your feline, a larger centipede could make it extremely sick.
For pet-safe, organic pest control, contact Dick's Fumigation Services in Wailuku, HI. They perform spot treatments as well as tent fumigation and have been serving customers throughout Maui for over 65 years. These experts specialize in eradicating venomous and troublesome pests, such as bed bugs, termites, fleas, and ticks. To schedule an appointment, send a message online or call (808) 244-7496 to speak with a team member about your fumigation needs.