Flea and tick season is currently in full swing. These pests can become a large problem inside and outside of your home if you do not have an active prevention plan in place.
Before we discuss some of the best ways to get rid of these insects, let’s first distinguish the difference between a flea and a tick.
- There are over 2000 species of fleas but the most common is the cat flea which effects both cats and dogs.
- Fleas can cause an allergic reaction that is onset by a pet’s hypersensitivity to substances found in the flea’s saliva. This reaction appears on the skin where the fleas are concentrated.
- Fleas prefer warm and humid conditions so infestations are usually worse in the mid to late summer months.
- There are approximately 80 species of ticks but only a handful of them are of real concern to pets and people. Some of these include the brown dog tick, the deer tick and the american dog tick.
- The main concern with a tick infestation is the serious diseases they can transmit; most concerning is Lyme disease.
- Ticks are most prevalent in the early spring and late fall. They tend to prefer dark, moist and brushy places to lay their eggs.
- Maintain your yard by cutting any high grass, removing weeds and discarding of leaf piles.
- Consistently check your pet but also keep an eye on your yard, carpet, litter box, garage, dog house, furniture or any other place your animal regularly spends time.
- Contact a pest control company that can apply a treatment to your yard that will remove the insects and their eggs.
- Keep your pet out of heavily wooded areas or spaces with tall grass.
- Perform periodic checks on your pet and if an insect is found, grasp it with a pair of tweezers, as close to the mouthparts as you can reach, while exerting steady pressure until the insect lets go.