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Flea & Tick Identification & Prevention

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What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas are tiny (the size of a speck of dirt) blood-feeding insects. Their bodies are covered in a hard shell, and they have six legs, with the back pair larger and more powerful than the rest. Their body shape and legs help them easily move through their animal host's fur. 

Ticks are also blood-feeding pests but are not insects; they are arachnids. Ticks are small (smaller than an apple seed), slow-moving, and cannot jump or fly. Ticks use their specialized mouthparts to attach themselves to the skin of their host, bite through their skin, and feed.

Though fleas can and will bite people and feed on our blood, we aren't a preferred host. The soft, humid environment in animal fur provides the perfect place for adult fleas to feed and breed. Ticks attach themselves to any host that brushes past them, including people.

Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks are dangerous to have in our yards. Their small size makes it difficult to spot them, and their prolific breeding habits mean they can take over any space in the blink of an eye!

Fleas and ticks are both biting pests; flea bites are especially itchy and uncomfortable and can create an unsightly rash. When fleas and ticks bite, they make an opening in your skin that can allow bacteria in and cause a secondary infection.

Ticks pose a significant health risk as they can spread many diseases, including Lyme disease, to both people and animals. Fleas can also transmit some diseases and are well-known for spreading parasitic tapeworm to people and animals.

Why do I have a flea and tick problem?

Fleas and ticks are both commonly introduced onto properties by wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, squirrels, rodents, and even birds. Once on your property, they will hide out in the moist, shaded, and overgrown areas of your property until a new host, potentially you, your pets, or your children, happens by for them to attach themselves to.

If you have pets and they visit the veterinarian, a kennel, or a neighborhood park, they could come into contact with fleas and ticks and bring them back with them when they come home, introducing them onto your property or right into your home. In addition, when they invade, mice and rats often carry parasites like fleas and ticks in with them!

Where will I find fleas and ticks?

Both fleas and ticks primarily rely on their animal hosts to move them from place to place. Therefore if your yard is a place that provides food, water, and shelter for wild animals, the chances of fleas and ticks being introduced into your yard is high.

Unwanted pests like mice regularly introduce fleas and ticks into our homes, as do pets. In most cases, only fleas create large infestations inside our homes because they can complete their life cycle indoors while most ticks cannot.

How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

To get rid of fleas and ticks and make your outdoor space more enjoyable, partner with us at Rowland Pest Management. If you are tired of dealing with and trying to avoid the bites of fleas and ticks, we are here to help.

To control flea and tick populations, our professionals are detailed-oriented and use highly effective products to perform recurring treatments to make your property a place fleas and ticks can't thrive.

To learn more about our residential pest control options and commercial pest management solutions, or schedule a free inspection, please reach out to us today! We offer financing options to ensure our customers throughout Florida have access to the pest control services they need. We are always here to help. "When we roll in… bugs roll out!"

How can I prevent fleas and ticks in the future?

Use the following helpful tips to make your property less hospitable to populations of fleas and ticks.

  • Remove standing water, open trashcans, pet food, bird feeders, and keep outdoor eating areas free of debris to avoid attracting wild animals to your property. 
  • Keep rodents out of your home by sealing any gaps or other openings in its exterior. 
  • Frequently mow your lawn to keep the grass cut short. 
  • Remove leaf litter and other yard debris that provides shady, damp areas for fleas and ticks to hide within. 
  • Regularly vacuum your home, wash pet bedding, and wash your family's bedding.
  • If you own pets, make sure to place them on a year-round flea and tick prevention program with the help of their veterinarian.
  • Always inspect your pets and yourself for fleas and ticks before going back inside your home after being outside.