Black fly bites and other new things…

20170815_082032I am sitting here in my new home in Westbrook, CT enjoying a marvelous sight.  There is a marsh directly in front of my front door and it sees plenty of action with wildlife.  I used to consider myself pretty well versed on the wildlife in the area but I am learning that I knew nothing.  Alright, nothing about water life…but I still am feeling a little out of touch.  Hi all, Amanda here.  It has been a while since I blogged on this site so I figured it was high time.  (Not unlike high tide which is happening right now–hahaha!)  To get to the title of this little blog post–the black flies bite here!  I am used to them just being a nuisance but now they are more than that.  So many changes in my little world right now!


Amanda’s Paw Pals is going through some changes.  We are now located in Westbrook and are pet sitting and dog walking here.  There seem to be quite a few Westbrook dog walkers and Clinton pet sitters to chose from, but I am not worried.  Much!  I think that once my name gets “out there” I will be a force to be reckoned with, just like the big boys (and girls!) in the area.  Being insured and bonded is a big help, as is being pet first aid certified.

I will be pounding the pavement beginning in September to spread the word (and the business cards!) in the area.  I am also going to offer some kind of special, although I haven’t figured out what yet.  Stay tuned for that!


Flea Circus

Hi all, Amanda here 🙂  It has been so fantastic lately, warm weather and nice breezes.  Rain, but even that is good.  We need to feed the grass and trees so they can grow.  Unfortunately, it isn’t only great weather that is here.  Bugs.  Let me say that again.  BUGS!

Bugs are another part of life that is actually needed.  Bugs help pollinate the flowers and the trees, not to mention eating other bugs.  Oh, and what about some unsung heroes like the dung beetle who eat the waste the animals leave behind?  Gross but true; there are bugs out there whos sole mission in life is to eat the stuff left behind.  Spiders are, of course, another story.  I think their sole purpose in life is to terrorize unsuspecting pet sitters like me when they are trying to finally fall asleep.  Nothing like looking up on the ceiling and seeing eight legs scurrying across over your head to wake you up!!!!!

Bugs, not unlike most things, have downsides as well.  Specifically to this post, fleas and ticks can carry diseases and can cause illness for your pets.  Although I think eradicating bugs off the face of the Earth would be a mistake, erasing fleas and ticks from your life is not.  That brings up another question that has plagued dog and cat owners for a long time, what to use?!flea circus

There are several options available as of today to guard your pets from these pests.  There are homeopathic solutions such as raw garlic, brewers yeast, rubbing raw lemons on the fur of the animal before going out, and many others that I don’t even know about!  There are cards you can attach to the collar with a magnetic strip that causes a barrier of “earth energy” around the dog or cat to repel insects.  In other words, this barrier has been developed to cause a “do not fly zone” that bugs will adhere to.  The newest thing I have seen is a beacon of sorts that clips to the animal’s collar and emits ultrasonic waves that repel bugs.

A person can also go the traditional route and use once a month treatments.  There are several that have to be applied topically to the back of an animal’s neck or given to the animal to be digested.  The key with these is to apply them to the skin (careful not to put too much on the fur) and to give them or apply them on the same day every month.

Along the same line, there are new collars out that give the pet constant  doses of the above type treatments but don’t have to be applied every month.  Every 8 to 10 months the collars have to be replaced.  And speaking of collars, let’s not forget about good old fashioned flea and tick collars.  You know, those white collars that you cut to fit on your animal?!

I am sure I am forgetting something but that is not the point.  The point is, there are a bunch of options available for pet owners and really no excuse not to use something.  There is no reason for an animal to spend the bug season unprotected.  I can’t say which options work and which options don’t work, but pet owners have to at least try something!    One thing I do know is that it is so much easier to prevent an outbreak of fleas than it is to get rid of them once they have arrived in your home!