How To Keep Fleas And Ticks Away From Your Anna Property
May 21, 2021
Ticks and fleas are a common problem for cats and dogs, but these parasitic pests can be just as troublesome for humans. Small in size and difficult to detect, they can be incredibly frustrating to eliminate. If you’re suffering from blood-sucking pests in Anna, here’s how to keep fleas and ticks away from your Anna property.
About Fleas And Ticks
Although they are very different biologically, fleas and ticks cause many of the same problems for pets and people. Being especially tiny, it’s common for both of these pests to avoid detection for extended periods of time while they prepare to feed on their victims. These pests both feed on blood for survival, and although they are at home in the wild, both pests can successfully feed indoors. There are, of course, differences between the two pests, as well.
Fleas are generally thought of a microscopic in size, completely invisible to the naked eye, but that isn’t necessarily true. Fleas are small, yes, most measuring between 1/12 and 1/6 of an inch in length, but you can definitely see them. Fleas are tremendous jumpers and are often very successful in domestic environments. They can be brought home by pets but also be picked up in shady, leafy areas outdoors.
As arachnids, ticks are more closely related to spiders than to fleas. Like fleas, they are very tiny when unfed, measuring between 3/16 to 1/8 of an inch in size. But these pests bloat to ½ inch or more in size when fully fed, making them more easily spotted than fleas. Ticks like to wait on the tips of branches and leaves for unsuspecting wildlife to pass by. They generally do not fare well in indoor environments.
Problems That Fleas And Ticks Cause
Like mosquitoes and other parasitic pests, fleas and ticks are known to spread disease when they feed. Most bites from fleas and ticks result in nothing more than minor irritation, swelling, redness, or itching at the site of the bite. However, more serious health complications can also arise.
Ticks are almost synonymous with Lyme disease, but depending on the species, ticks can also cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Fleas are known vectors of the dreaded bubonic plague (yes, it still exists), and can also cause typhus and tapeworm as a result of exposure.
Fleas and ticks problems start when you, a family member, or a pet brings these parasitic pests home from the outdoors. While ticks don’t usually reproduce or thrive indoors, fleas can survive almost indefinitely in the furniture, carpets, and bedding around your home.
How To Deal With Fleas And Ticks
The good news is that you don’t have to put up with fleas and ticks if you put in the effort to prevent them. Some surefire tips to keep these pests off your Anna property include:
Check your pets regularly. After their daily walk or outdoor playtime, be sure to check your pet’s fur for any signs of ticks or fleas. Apprehend any unwanted parasites with tweezers or tissue and flush down the toilet.
Deter wildlife. Fleas and ticks are often brought onto your property by wildlife. Consider installing some fencing to discourage wildlife. Remove any excess birdseed, fallen fruit, or pet food that may attract wildlife.
Don’t forget about yourself. Inspect yourself and your family for fleas and ticks after venturing outdoors. Wear long socks, pants, and long-sleeved shirts as much as possible.
Dealing with fleas and ticks can be a pain. But with help from EcoArmor Pest Defense, you can protect your Anna property from these parasitic pests and keep your family and your pets safe. For advice or assistance with fleas, ticks, or any other pests, get in touch with us today.