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NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – It’s irritating for dogs who want to get rid of those unwanted intruders. It’s the price they pay for enjoying a slice of late summer.

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“I have noticed an increase in fleas, at least on one of my dogs,” said dog owner, Heather Lucas. “I’ve been trying to keep them a little more bathed then I usually do.”

Veterinarians say hidden dangers lurk everywhere.

The best defense is flea and tick prevention.

Lately, City Vet in Dallas has seen about half a dozen dogs come in every day for flea bites.

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The warm weather also means Bug Head Pest Control is cashing in.

“I love it,” said owner, Eric Lundquist. “It’s keeping me busy. The warmth brings bugs out – that is good for us pest guys.”

A combination of spraying and yard work can help battle the bugs.

“Keep your yard short,” suggested Lundquist. “That helps with the fleas and ticks. Keep your carpets vacuumed and throw away your vacuum cleaner bag or empty your canister away from the house.”

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