When many individuals think of fleas and ticks, they think of dangers to their pets. But it’s important not to underestimate the risks for humans as well. Ticks can transmit serious conditions like Lyme disease and Bartonella. Fleas and ticks can easily enter homes and buildings by traveling on pets or humans. This is why flea and tick control is essential for everyone, especially pet owners.

Flea and Tick Dangers

Fleas and ticks can transmit serious diseases and pathogens, including:

  • Lyme disease, which can cause lameness, fever, lethargy, and anorexia
  • Bartonella, a bacterial parasite that invades the red blood cells and causes several types of illness
  • Erlichiosis, a bacterial infection that destroys white blood cells and causes weight loss, anemia, and enlarged spleen
  • Rickettsiae, bacteria that causes diseases such as typhus, tick bite fever, and spotted fever
  • Meningoencephalitis, an inflammatory disease that can cause fever, convulsions, paralysis, and even death

Flea Infestation

As many pet owners will tell you, preventing a flea infestation is significantly easier than eliminating an existing one. Due to their quick reproduction, secretive nesting habits, and strong adaptation abilities, a flea infestation can be a nightmare to completely eliminate. Some treatments may be effective against killing adult fleas while being ineffective at killing eggs or larva. When this occurs, the infestation unfortunately cannot be completely taken care of. This is why it’s important to have a well-rounded strategy in place for dealing with these pests.

Flea and Tick Professionals

It’s important to treat pets for fleas in conjunction with using an environmental flea and tick prevention and control treatment. This includes treating the yard and the perimeter of the home so that “hitchhiking” fleas and ticks are not present to begin with. It is also important to consider that environmental treatment only lasts so long, so must be done consistently. Our team of experienced professionals provides periodic treatment throughout the year to help ensure that your yard stays flea and tick-free

Flea and Tick Prevention Tips

While it may be difficult to completely eliminate risk, follow these flea and tick prevention tips:

  • When outdoors, use insect repellant with Deet as an active ingredient
  • Remove potential flea and tick habitats such as piles of debris or wood in your yard
  • Prevent and eliminate rodent infestations, as they may also harbor fleas and ticks
  • After spending time in the woods, check skin and clothing for ticks
  • Use a consistent flea and tick treatment for your pets

 

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