Fleas and ticks may be hard to see, but they can pose some serious health risks to both dogs and humans. Dogs and cats with flea problems often suffer from anemia and tapeworms as a result of the fleas feeding on their blood. Humans can also get bitten by fleas, causing red itchy welts. Ticks are another pest to be aware of as they can reside in any plant-covered areas within and outside of residential settings. Ticks have been found all over North America, and Tallahassee, provides an excellent environment for them to thrive. Florida winters aren’t nearly cold enough to kill all ticks or fleas, which means these pests can continue to be active without being easily detected. You may be wondering, “What is a lawn treatment for fleas and ticks?” You’ve probably heard of flea bombs and tick sprays, but what do the professionals use? Do you really need lawn treatments for fleas and ticks?
Where do fleas and ticks come from?
Flea infestations begin when an animal brings them into the home. This can be a result of a pet or could be coming from a wild mammal like squirrels, raccoons, and feral cats. Flea activity in your home can also be a sign of a rodent or wildlife issue.
You are most likely to encounter ticks when walking in an area that is naturally infested with ticks, like a forest or tall grass. While some ticks will venture out into even the best kept lawns, your chances of seeing ticks are increased if your property borders wooded areas, or if you walk in such areas frequently.
Are fleas and ticks dangerous?
Fleas are very tiny, so it can be easy to overlook an infestation on your dog or in your home. Although you may see these small pests jumping in your house, a pet that consistently scratches is a strong indicator that fleas may be present. Ticks are much more noticeable as they latch onto their host and will suck blood. Ticks can grow as large as ½ inch, lodging themselves on both humans and pets. During this time, the tick’s abdomen becomes increasingly more distended as it fills with blood.
Dogs and cats can suffer many health problems due to fleas and ticks, but humans can also be at risk. Ticks spread Lyme disease, and fleas carry tapeworm eggs and other microscopic bacteria. Senior citizens and children, in addition to pets, are particularly susceptible to the diseases carried by fleas and ticks. Even if you are an adult in perfect health, the risk is still present for contracting Lyme disease Rocky Mountain spotted fever and more. To learn more about tick-bourne illnesses, click here.
What are flea and tick lawn treatments?
You can easily pick up a flea treatment for your dog or cat and administer it regularly. However, for added protection for other family members in your household, lawn treatments that specifically target flea and tick activity are beneficial. For residents in Florida, lawn treatments for fleas and ticks can lead to a drastic decrease in these pests.
By decreasing the number of pests around your property, you make it far less likely that your pets or family will be exposed. Fleas and ticks can be difficult to spot given their size, and our pest control experts are experts in assessing the risk to your home and what steps can best eliminate these unwanted guests. Fleas can also live very comfortably in your home, which is why keeping them out is our top priority.
When To Call A Pest Control Professional
Fleas and ticks spread disease, cause itchy welts, and lead to an all-around unpleasant environment in and around your home. If you want to enjoy your yard without worrying about fleas and ticks, Capelouto has the solution. Our experts put preventative measures in place to keep any potential fleas and ticks from invading your property. With our highly effective and targeted lawn treatments, fleas and ticks will no longer be in their natural habitat, minimizing the likelihood that your home will become infested again. Give us a call or fill out the contact form on this page to schedule a flea and tick inspection at your home!