You have had a nice break from fleas and ticks over the winter but now that spring is fast approaching, fleas and ticks will be here before you know it. Now is the time to think about how you are going to prevent them from entering your home.
The first step in preventing fleas and ticks in your home is keeping them off your property. Your family and your pets enjoy spending their time during the spring, summer, and fall in your yard and can easily pick these pests up and give them a ride straight into your home. To accomplish this you must keep your grass cut short and leave a border between your lawn and wooded areas. Next, identify any areas on your property that are inviting wildlife in and eliminate those. Also, you must eliminate any areas of moisture or standing water. Where there are wild animals like raccoons, squirrels, mice, and such, there are fleas and ticks. The next step in preventing these parasites is to understand a bit about their habits and habitats.
Fleas are blood sucking parasites. They love the spring when it is wet and the summer when it is warm. These pests attach themselves to your pets or hitch a ride into your home on shoes or clothing. They may even ride in on a rodent that has found his way into your humble abode. They generally live on pets, rodents, and other woodland creatures; but they can be found where animals are or have been. Fleas bite. A lot! They feed on the blood of their host which can include animals and humans. These bites cause intense itching and scratching and can cause a secondary infection from the scratching if the skin is broken. Bites can also transmit tapeworms to pets. Products that can be very effective at keeping your pet flea free are available at your local veterinary office. They will most likely take care of the fleas on your pet, but what about the ones that are still in your home and the eggs and pupae that are outside just waiting to come in? Fleas are extremely hard to eradicate, but a professional pest control service can help.
Ticks, on the other hand, live in tall grassy areas where they wait in the grass and climb upon you or your pet as you pass by; contrary to popular belief, they do not jump. Deer ticks are the smaller ticks, and they can carry and transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and several other infectious diseases. Ticks want a blood meal and usually go for thin skin near the head, neck, and ears and can attach to the waistline or behind the knees. They cannot be killed by frigid temperatures, so don’t be surprised if you see them during an early thaw. Ticks are tiny and hard to detect making it imperative that you check yourself, your children, and your pets regularly. If you find a tick, it should be removed immediately. In fact, it must be removed within 48 hours to avoid transmission of any disease. Wearing light colored long pants that fit tightly around the ankles and long sleeves that fit tightly around the wrist outdoors can help prevent a tick from gaining access to your skin. Tucking your pants into your socks may help as well. Ticks are tiny, dangerous, and hard to avoid.
For the best protection from fleas and ticks you should contact an experienced pest control service like Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. The flea and tick experts here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can help you minimize flea and tick populations on your property. You will rest easy this spring knowing that your family, your friends, and your pets are protected. Give Rottler a call today!