Ancient Chinese folklore states that if a cricket jumps across your path, it is a sign of extremely good luck. If that is the case, what would be a sign of extremely bad luck? We would argue that it is when your yard is filled with fleas and ticks. Unlike crickets, fleas and ticks do not have a knack for music, nor are they friendly. The only thing these parasitic pests want is a good blood meal and a host to take care of them. The question is, will you or one of your pets be their steady source of food, or will you take the advice from our experts and make sure your property gets and stays flea and tick-free this year?
A Quick Description Of Fleas And Ticks
Fleas and ticks are very different creatures. Fleas prefer to live on their host where ticks will only stay aboard until they are done with their meal. Fleas are also capable jumpers and use their powerful legs to hop onto furry creatures. Ticks, on the other hand, have no special ability to fly or jump and must get creative to get a meal. Ticks climb to the top of tall grass and reach their front legs out to grab onto passing people or animals. This probably takes a tremendous amount of patience. One of the things these two pests share in common is their hunger for blood, and you can probably guess where they look to get it from.
How Dangerous Are Fleas And Ticks?
There is a good reason why mosquitoes are the most dangerous pests on the planet. Most things that can draw blood out of your body can be dangerous. Fleas and ticks are no exception. Both fleas and ticks pose unique threats with the parasites and diseases they can carry and spread. Have you heard of Lyme disease? This life-changing sickness is spread mainly by ticks. What about murine typhus, a common disease spread by fleas. Just one bite from either of these dangerous pests can change your life forever.
Prevention Tips For Fleas And Ticks
Fleas and ticks can get on your property in a number of ways. They can be carried in on wildlife, your pets might give them a ride, or they might just use their tiny legs to wander on over. To reduce the factors that draw them in, here are some prevention tips that our experts recommend.
- Mow your lawn at least once a week.
- Trim bushes and shrubs regularly.
- Keep your yard clean of food to deter wild animals that might be carrying fleas.
- Eliminate clutter and debris around your property.
- Invest in flea and tick collars for your outdoor pets.
- Eliminate sources of standing water and make sure your gutters are working properly.
Extra Protection Against Fleas And Ticks
When a single bite can land you in the hospital, professional pest control should be considered. At Innovative Pest Control, we offer detailed and effective solutions designed to keep fleas and ticks off your property. We also offer elimination services for fleas and ticks that have gotten inside your home. As long as you treat your pets at the same time as we treat your home, your problem can be gone in just one day.
Have questions? Reach out to our team today to learn more about our flea and tick prevention programs or to schedule a visit for your home.