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Flea & Tick Identification & Prevention

What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas and ticks are parasitic pests that belong to the orders Siphonaptera and Ixodida, respectively. Both of these pests feed off the blood of their hosts, preferring humans and mammals such as cats and dogs, but will bite any mammal for food. Fleas and ticks in your home are both small, and fleas tend to be dark brown to black in coloration. There is a little more variation in the appearance of ticks, as these pests range in color from dark brown to tan and reddish-brown or black.

Flea and tick infestations are incredibly problematic for your property due to their prolific nature, their tendency to bite humans and animals, and their small, virtually undetectable size.

Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks can both be very dangerous pests to encounter. As they bite humans and animals, they transfer can diseases. Illnesses you can contract from flea bites include tapeworms, plague, and murine typhus, while ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and alpha-gal syndrome.

The larger the population of fleas and ticks around your property, the more likely you will pick up one of these dangerous diseases.

Why do I have a flea and tick problem?

If you notice a flea and tick problem around your property, the chances are you have plenty of the factors that attract these pests. For instance, properties with long grass and overgrown foliage provide ample hiding spots for fleas and ticks. Also, pets that frequently go outdoors without adequate flea and tick protection can bring these pests back indoors with them.

Where will I find fleas and ticks?

Outdoors, fleas and ticks hide in long grass, around woodpiles, and in the safety of overgrown foliage or debris such as leaf litter. Inside, you can find fleas hiding on your pets, in carpeting or other fabrics, or on your clothing; you may find ticks on your pets or attached to you.

How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

Investing in residential or commercial pest control is by far the best way to get rid of fleas and ticks on your property. Only our expert technicians at Five-O Pest Control have the experience and skills necessary to eliminate flea and tick populations reliably. With our help, you can be free of these pests in no time and reclaim your property.

How can I prevent flea and tick infestations in the future?

If you want to prevent flea and tick infestations in the future, take steps to make your property less hospitable to these pests. Below are some steps to get you started.

  • Cut back long grass and overgrown foliage in outdoor areas to reduce flea and tick hiding spots.
  • Remove debris such as leaf litter and fallen branches from outdoor spaces and store woodpiles at least ten feet away from your foundation.
  • Address moisture issues that may create moist, humid areas for ticks and fleas to hide.
  • Vacuum and declutter interior areas often to remove unnoticed flea invaders and make the area less desirable for them to hide.
  • Treat pets with veterinarian-approved flea and tick medication.

And remember, for assistance treating flea and tick infestations around your property, don't hesitate to contact Five-O Pest Control.

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