Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are commonly seen in homes that have pets – but not necessarily. If you live near wooded or highly vegetated areas, ticks especially, can jump onto a human passing by, in hopes of finding it’s next food source. While these two pests are completely different they are often associated together. They become more active around the warmer months and can be hard to get rid of. Both their bites can be harmful to humans.
Best Ways to Prevent an Infestation:
- Treat all your pets with flea and tick preventative routinely. It is available in oral and topical treatments and collars.
- Regularly inspecting your animals for fleas or ticks will help reduce your chances.
- After walking in high grass or wooded areas, check yourself and your family for ticks. On your body and your clothing.
When to Call an Exterminator
It’s important that you call an exterminator as soon as you see signs of an infestation. Both fleas and ticks will bite you and your family. The ticks prefer to feed on the blood of animals, but will not hesitate to use humans as a food source. Ticks are known for carrying Lyme’s disease. A potentially chronic disease. Fleas can also carry potential illness for humans.
Because of the life cycles of fleas, the adult fleas you see in your home, may be only a small percentage of the fleas that are actually in your home. Flea eggs and larvae can live deep down in the fibers of your carpet or animal bedding.
Talk to your exterminator about treating your yard. Treating your pets and your home is great, but he may recommend also treating your yard, or else the fleas and ticks will just hitchhike their way back into your home – creating havoc all over again!