In your grass, your bushes, on your pets or in your house, these blood-sucking pests seem to be everywhere. But where do they come from and how can you prevent these biters from leaving itchy welts on your skin and dangerous illness in your body?
You may be surprised to know that these fleas and ticks rarely travel far on their own. They both rely heavily on assisted transportation, usually of the four-legged variety. So, the first secret to keeping these two parasites off your property is to not invite the creatures they are riding on.
If you have open trash, wildlife will be drawn in by the smells. If you have a raccoon in your trash can, that raccoon can easily leave fleas in your yard or ticks in your shrubs, weeds or vegetation. Having sealed and secured trash cans, getting rid of weeds, and keeping your lawn mowed, can deter wildlife and the parasites they carry.
If you have a bird feeder, you may be inviting deer ticks into your yard. These ticks are small enough to hitch a ride on many of the birds you'll find flapping around those feeders. If you are a bird watcher, you're probably not going to want to get rid of your feeders, but you can hire a professional to do scheduled yard treatments to reduce tick and flea populations in the vegetation around your home.
If you have areas under your deck, shed, porch or other structure, you could be inviting skunks, groundhogs, opossum and other critters to harbor in those places. When these animals come and go, they transport fleas and ticks onto your property. Consider installing a chicken wire skirting or some other light fencing material to keep them out.
If your pets run free in the backyard and are able to go into the woodline, they may bring these parasites back with them, even if they have been treated for ticks and fleas.
The less welcoming your property is to wildlife, the fewer ticks and fleas you'll have. Keep food sources cleaned up and secured. Keep your yard free of clutter and overgrowth. Make sure all harborage areas are blocked off. Also, consider investing in a year round pest control program. There is an ecosystem of pests living around your home. It takes a professional to understand how these pests work together to endanger you, your children, your pets and your home. Protection is a good investment. Get plugged in today.
Call Rottler Pest & lawn Solutions for a free inspection to determine the best way to avoid these pests. With locations in St. Louis, Wentzville, Chesterfield, Fenton, Springfield and Ashland, we are where you live. And we are happy to help.