What are fleas and ticks?
Fleas and ticks are external parasitic pests that feed on the blood of both people and animals. Fleas are about the size of a fleck of dirt. They have hard, flat bodies that are shiny and are dark brownish-red. Fleas are wingless but have powerful back legs that they use to quickly jump out of the way of danger. Ticks have oval-shaped bodies and use their specialized mouthparts to grasp the skin of their victim, pierce it, and suck out blood. Ticks are small in size, but their bodies swell and expand after consuming a blood meal.
Are fleas and ticks dangerous?
Both fleas and ticks spread a wide range of diseases and parasites to people and animals, and are considered dangerous pests. Great care should be taken to prevent contact with both fleas and ticks in our area of North Carolina and Virginia.
Fleas are responsible for transmitting diseases and parasitic tapeworms. Their saliva can create an allergic reaction or dermatitis in some people and pets. If a pet has a severe infestation, fleas' constant feeding can cause anemia.
Ticks are responsible for spreading a wide range of serious and dangerous diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis.
Why do I have a flea and tick problem?
Fleas and ticks both live outdoors and can find their way onto any property on the backs of wild animals (deer, rabbits, squirrels, mice, and raccoons) that are passing through. Once fleas get onto your property it is usually only a matter of time before you, your kids, or your pets come into contact with them. If you own pets and they go to the veterinarian, kennel, or neighborhood park, they could come into contact with fleas and ticks, bringing them back to your property and home.
Where will I find fleas and ticks?
Fleas live outside in shady, moist areas, including underneath shrubs, bushes, and deck areas. Fleas usually find their way into homes on pets, or people’s clothing. Fleas can also find their way inside if you purchase used furniture or rugs that have fleas or their eggs on them. Unlike ticks, fleas do live successfully inside. They are prolific breeders, and a large indoor infestation can develop quickly after the introduction of just a few fleas.
Ticks live outside in tall grass, dense vegetation, and ditches. They especially like to reside along the edges of woods. They hide out and wait for a suitable host to walk by and brush against them. Ticks can be introduced into a home on a person or pet, but most species won’t be able to reproduce and live successfully inside.
How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?
To eliminate fleas and ticks from your residential or commercial property, professional pest control is highly recommended. When you partner with the pest control experts at Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control, our experienced and friendly professionals will provide the tailored, comprehensive services needed to eliminate your property’s initial infestation. We then have the ability to provide ongoing preventative treatment to stop fleas and ticks and other household pests from returning.
To learn more about ridding your Outer Banks, NC or Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, or Norfolk, VA property of fleas and ticks, contact Four Seasons| HomeTown!
How can I prevent fleas and ticks in the future?
To help you stop fleas and ticks from taking over your home or commercial property we offer the following prevention tips:
Keep your front and back lawns cut short.
Remove bird feeders from your property that could be attractive to wild animals.
With the help of their veterinarian, place pets on a year-round flea and tick control program.
Trim wooded areas away from your property line and place a stone barrier between wooded areas and your lawn.
Inspect yourself, your children, and your pets for fleas and ticks before coming inside after spending time outdoors.
Regularly vacuum areas where your pets spend most of their time and wash and dry pet bedding on a high heat cycle.
Put into place a professional pest control service from the local pest control experts at Four Seasons | HomeTown Pest Control.
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