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What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas are tiny insects with strong legs that enable them to jump onto an animal host. Ticks are arachnids and do not fly or jump. Instead, ticks passively wait for a host to brush past them and crawl onto them and attach themselves. Fleas and ticks are both ectoparasites which means they feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals from the outside of a host’s body. They are formidable pests to deal with, causing property owners a lot of stress and frustration. When the weather is warm and humid, they can breed quickly and increase their populations rapidly.

fleas in pet hair

Both fleas and ticks feed on the blood of animal and human hosts. Some of their favorite animal hosts include mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, deer, skunks, and other wild animals. Ticks will happily feed on human blood; in contrast, humans are not the flea’s preferred host. However, if we are all that is available, fleas will bite us and feed on our blood.

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks spread diseases and create allergic reactions. Both are unwanted dangerous pests that don’t belong in our yards or homes.

Many people and animals are allergic to flea saliva; flea bites may cause dermatitis that is itchy and uncomfortable and may lead to a secondary infection. Fleas can also infect people and pets with parasitic tapeworms.

Ticks spread significant, serious diseases through their saliva that make people and pets ill. Disease ticks spread include:

  • Lyme disease

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

  • Tularemia

  • Babesiosis

  • Ehrlichiosis

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Contrary to popular belief, fleas and ticks can become a problem on any property or in any home whether pets are present or not. Other than pets, rodents and other wild animals are most likely to introduce fleas and ticks into our yards and homes. Fleas are also able to move into homes on used furniture or rugs.

People and our pets can come into contact with both fleas and ticks in a variety of different places and then introduce them onto your property. Wooded areas, parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, and other outdoor spaces are all common places that fleas and ticks live.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Fleas can complete their life cycle both indoors and out, meaning they can easily become a problem in your yard and inside your home. In contrast, most ticks cannot breed indoors so they live and breed outside and are problematic in our yards. Both fleas and ticks live most of their lives on the bodies of an animal host. When they're not on a host, they are lying in wait for another host to come by.

Outside, fleas hide in dark shady areas like under shrubs, woodpiles, leaf piles, and decks. Ticks like to hide in dense vegetation like tall grass, under leaf piles, along wooded pathways, and in roadway ditches.

Inside homes, fleas live in bedding, behind baseboards, in rugs, and upholstered clothing. Flea eggs can remain dormant for long periods, and when environmental conditions are met, they hatch and develop into adults. This dormancy is a big reason why fleas are such a difficult pest to control, especially when living indoors.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

If you are looking to eliminate fleas and ticks from your property, reach out to the Prewett Pest Control professionals. Through advanced technology and convenient and modern services, we offer our East Alabama customers exceptional pest control solutions. Get rid of fleas and ticks and keep them from returning to your residential or commercial property, by reaching out to the professionals at Prewett Pest Control. Contact us today to learn more about our local and effective flea and tick control services!

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

To help stop fleas and ticks from taking over your East Alabama property, we want to offer some easy-to-execute pest prevention tips:

  • Keep your grass cut short.

  • If you have wooded areas that border the edge of your lawn, keep that grass and vegetation cut back since ticks love to hide in those areas.

  • Remove piles of wood or leaf piles from your yard where fleas can hide.

  • Get rid of bird feeders from your property that attract rodents and other wild animals.

  • Place locking lids on your trash cans to stop wild animals from foraging for food in them.

  • Vacuum your home frequently, especially in areas where pets spend a lot of time.

  • Be aware that used furniture or rugs may be infested with adult fleas, flea eggs, or flea larvae.

  • Keep your pets in your own yard; don’t allow them to wander around on other properties or wooded areas unattended.

  • Place a fence around your yard to keep your pets in and potentially flea and tick-infested neighborhood pets out.

  • Place your pets on a year-round flea and tick control program with the help of a veterinarian.

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