What are fleas and ticks?
Fleas and ticks are biting pests that feed on both human and animal blood and are a common problem in our Georgia yards. They move onto our properties on the backs of their animal hosts, where their eggs and larvae develop into new biting pests. Having a yard riddled with fleas and ticks makes it a place that you and your pets can't fully enjoy.
Ticks are arachnids, and most ticks we come into contact with have a soft, oval-shaped body with a rigid plate (scutum) on the back behind the biting mouthparts (head). In our area, the American dog tick, deer tick, and Lonestar tick are most common.
Cat fleas and dog fleas live throughout our area, with cat ticks being the most common species. Fleas have a dark oval-shaped body that is narrow and covered in a hard-shell.
Are fleas and ticks dangerous?
The tick's ability to feed slowly allows these pests to very effectively transmit the diseases they carry from host to host. Ticks have a four-stage life cycle, and at each life stage, they require a blood meal from a new host. Ticks spread a variety of diseases depending on their species.
- Deer ticks: Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis.
- American dog ticks: tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Lonestar ticks: ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and STARI.
Fleas are also dangerous to have in our yards and homes. In the U.S., the spread of diseases by these pests isn't as big a threat as in a third world country, but they do spread things like tularemia, bubonic plague, and murine typhus. They also regularly transmit parasitic tapeworms to people and animals. Another cause for concern with fleas is that many people and animals are allergic to their saliva. After being bitten by fleas, a red itchy rash develops that's uncomfortable, and excessive scratching can create a secondary infection.
Why do I have a flea and tick problem?
Fleas and ticks all feed on a variety of hosts, including mice, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, skunks, dogs, and cats. Both fleas and ticks spend most of their lives on the backs of their animal hosts. Animals that are feeding on or traveling across your yard will introduce these pests onto your property. Fleas and ticks both thrive in warm, humid weather, which is why these pests are such a problem for home and business owners in Georgia.
Where will I find fleas and ticks?
Fleas live successfully in both our indoor and outdoor spaces. Outside, new adult fleas wait for a host to come by that they can jump onto and feed on in areas of damp soil like under leaf piles, woodpiles, mulch, and overgrown shrubbery. Adult fleas spend their short lives on the back of an animal host, their eggs falling to the ground to develop into new adults.
Ticks are mainly outdoor pests; most are incapable of completing their life cycle indoors as their eggs need contact with the moist soil to develop. Outside they hide in damp, dark areas that put them into contact with many hosts like tall grass, fields, along wooded paths, next to fence lines, and the foundations of our homes. Ticks crawl to the top of grass blades and other vegetation, waiting for a host to brush past them that they can crawl onto and attach themselves to.
How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?
Fleas and ticks are challenging pests to control and rid from our Georgia properties. The best way to eliminate fleas and ticks and prevent them from returning is to partner with a professional. At Ennis Exterminating, our skilled and experienced team of pest professionals will get to the bottom of your pest problems. We will ensure that your property becomes and stays free of fleas, ticks, and other pests through our effective treatments and follow-up services.
Whether you are looking for a one-time treatment or the benefits of recurring services, we can help! If you own a residential or commercial property in Fayetteville or the surrounding cities, call today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.
How can I prevent fleas and ticks in the future?
Fleas and ticks will think twice about using your yard or home as a place to feed and nest after you implement the following helpful prevention tips provided by our pest control experts:
- Prevent shrubs, bushes, and grass from becoming overgrown and providing a damp area for fleas and ticks to hide.
- Clear leaf piles, brush piles, and other debris from your yard that retain moisture.
- Place lids on trash cans, remove bird feeders, and pick up uneaten pet food to make your yard less hospitable to rodents and wild animals.
- Vacuum your house regularly.
- If you own pets, place them on a year-round flea and tick preventative program.
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