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Flea & Tick Identification

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are both types of pests that feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals as their sole source of food. Fleas and ticks feed on a wide variety of hosts, including people, cats, dogs, mice, rats, squirrels, foxes, skunks, raccoons, and other wild animals.

a flea jumping on human skin

Fleas are wingless insects with hard, narrow bodies, and large, black legs that allow them to jump great heights.

Ticks are not insects, but arachnids – related to spiders, mites, and scorpions. They are also wingless but, unlike fleas, ticks cannot jump; they passively wait for a host to happen by that they can crawl onto and feed on.

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Controlling populations of fleas and ticks is important, because of their ability to infest spaces in large numbers, and cause health problems in people. After fleas bite, they leave behind red, itchy bumps. Excessive itching of these bites can lead to infections, and those highly allergic to flea bites may develop dermatitis. Fleas are also able to infect people and animals with parasitic tapeworms.

Ticks spread a wide variety of diseases through their saliva. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia ticks spread the following diseases:

  • Spotted fever
  • Rickettsiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Lyme disease

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks are most active and problematic for people and pets in the summer and fall months, when the weather is at its warmest. Fleas and ticks have the potential to become a problem on any property or any home, whether pets are present or not. It is very common for rodents and other wild animals to introduce fleas and ticks into our yard or our homes. Fleas are also introduced into homes on objects such as pieces of used furniture or rugs.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Ticks are mainly outdoor pests, and spend much of their lives feeding on the backs of their hosts; when not on a host, they are lying in wait, waiting for a host to brush past them. Some of the tick’s favorite hiding spots include tall grass, along fence lines, in road ditches, and at the edges of wooded paths.

Fleas have the potential to become a problem – not only outside in our yards, but inside our homes, as well. Fleas are very capable of completing their entire lifecycle indoors. Inside, fleas are found on pets, in rugs, furniture, and bedding. Outside, fleas are usually found under piles of leaves, under shrubs or decks, or within woodpiles.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

To protect your property from fleas and ticks, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of fleas and ticks from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City flea and tick control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of fleas, ticks, and other pests.

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with fleas and ticks:

  • Avoid taking walks in tall grass.
  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short.
  • When walking in the woods, make sure to stay in the center of the trail.
  • Cut overgrown shrubs and weeds back from the foundation of your home.
  • After your pets spend time outside, either in your yard or a park, inspect them for fleas and ticks before bringing them inside.
  • Regularly bathe and groom your pets.
  • Make your property less attractive to rodents that are often infested with fleas and ticks; remove food sources by keeping lids on trash cans, maintaining gardens, and removing bird feeders.
  • Inside your home, keep floors and upholstered furniture vacuumed.
 

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