What are fleas & ticks?
Ticks are not insects, but rather a type of arachnid. They have wingless, oval-shaped bodies, and adults have eight legs. They are not capable of jumping; instead, they wait to climb on a host that brushes past them.
Are fleas & ticks dangerous?
Fleas and ticks pose risks to both people and pets. Through their saliva, ticks are capable of spreading a wide variety of diseases to both animals and people. Ticks spread Lyme disease, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Fleas do spread some diseases, but the main concern with these biting pests is that they carry and transmit a variety of parasites, including tapeworms, to both people and animals. Also, those allergic to flea saliva develop a red, itchy rash after being bitten. Excessive itching of the bite sites may lead to a secondary infection.
Why do I have a flea & tick problem?
Fleas and ticks are outdoor pests that live most of their lives on the backs of their hosts. As animals make their way across our yards, fleas and ticks fall off of their bodies and into our yards.
Once in our yards, fleas and ticks can enter into our homes in a few different ways, including the following:
- Jumping or climbing onto you, your kids, or pets and then being carried inside.
- On the backs of rodents or other wild animals that get into our homes to nest.
- On already infested items such as used furniture or rugs.
Where will I find fleas & ticks?
Most species of ticks are not capable of breeding indoors and are mainly outdoor pests. However, fleas can breed successfully in both indoor and outdoor environments. Just a few fleas finding their way into a home can lead to a large-scale infestation in a short time.
Outside, fleas and ticks hide in a variety of places, including in tall grasses, along fence lines, in dense vegetation, in ditches, under leaf piles, along the edge of ponds, and at the edges of wooded paths.
How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?
Getting rid of fleas and ticks from your yard, home, or business is best left up to a professional. The experts here at Amco Pest Solutions will provide you with the year-round solutions needed to get rid of them and prevent their return. Whether you are looking to get rid of a current infestation or prevent future problems with pests, our family-owned and operated company is here to help.
Our professionals are committed to providing the pest control services needed to keep your home or business free of fleas, ticks, and other common pests. Reach out to Amco Pest Solutions today to learn more about our effective home pest control and commercial pest control solutions. Let’s work together to protect your New Jersey, New York, or South Florida property from being taken over by fleas and ticks!
How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?
To make your property less attractive to fleas and ticks, use the following easy-to-execute prevention tips:
- Keep the grass on your property cut short.
- Cut vegetation back away from your house to allow the sun to hit and dry out the soil.
- Remove bird feeders from your property that could attract wild animals.
- Prevent wild animals from foraging for food on your property by keeping locking lids on trash cans and compost bins.
- Keep wild animals out of your home by sealing entry points in the foundation and exterior walls.
- Do not purchase used furniture or rugs for your home.
- Wash pet bedding and vacuum your home regularly.
- Keep pets off of the beds and furniture inside of your home.
- Have your veterinarian put your pets on a year-round flea and tick control program.
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