Pet owners and outdoor enthusiasts are not the only people who need to worry about flea and tick infestations. Both of these parasitical, disease-spreading pests inhabit lawns with low and high grasses and garden spots as well. Ticks also don’t need a forest to thrive. People and pets can bring ticks into homes and workplaces from contact with them on porches or wood piles and by merely walking beneath a single tree that has an active infestation.
Monitor Clothing and Pets
The top way to stop fleas and ticks from hurting your loved ones is to vigilantly look for their presence on clothing, pets and around the house. Make certain that you remind family members regularly to check their clothing before entering any structure, including the house, garage and any sealed outdoor sheds. Also remind guests to check their clothing when they visit. When you and your loved ones plan on spending time in the backyard or a park, always wear light-colored clothing so that dark-colored fleas and ticks can’t hide in plain sight. Ask anyone who has been playing in the grass or hiking or hunting around a lot of trees to change into clean clothes when they’re done for the day. If you own pets, whether they remain indoors or you let them out daily, inspect their fur and skin every evening.
Maintain a Clean Home
If you’re cleaning your home on a regular basis, you’re removing the fleas and ticks and preventing indoor breeding from taking place. Vacuum curtains, furniture and carpets where these pests often blend in at least once a week. Toss the waste from the vacuum’s canister or disposable bag into a bag and then place the bag in an outdoor trash can immediately after you’re finished so that fleas and ticks can’t simply crawl back out of the vacuum when you store it. Additionally, always wash outdoor clothes immediately after a member of your family or a visiting guest changes into their indoor clothing so that any insects hidden on the clothes are washed down the drain.
Hire a Pest Expert
A tick and flea control professional has a lot of tools at their disposal to help decrease the number of these pests in an area. Beyond natural repellents that drive insects away from the exterior of a home, barrier spray and growth inhibitor environmental treatments are also available that destroy existing fleas and ticks near a home and disrupt breeding cycles. Many pest control specialists also offer secondary control options. For example, a specialist might put out biodegradable “tick tubes” that contain insecticide-soaked materials that mice carry to their nests. Fleas and ticks that feed on the mice then die from exposure.
Disease-carrying pests like fleas and ticks do more than simply irritate your skin when they bite. They can cause you and the people and pets that you care about to become severely ill and possibly even die. Fleas have been known to carry tapeworms, bacteria that cause typhus and Yersinia pestis that causes the plague. Ticks can transmit Anaplasma phagocytophilum that causes Anaplasmosis, Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease and various Rickettsia bacteria that cause different types of spotted fever. Protect yourself and your loved ones from these and many other infectious agents found in these two pests by following these tips starting today.