What are fleas & ticks?
Fleas and ticks both feed on blood as their primary food source. But they are two completely different organisms.
Fleas are tiny, wingless insects. Their bodies are flattened from side to side and covered in a hard shell. Like other insects, they have six pairs of legs, with the back pair being larger, giving them the ability to jump great heights. Fleas have a short lifespan, with adults only living about two to three months.
Ticks are arachnids, and like other arachnids, they cannot fly. In addition, ticks cannot jump. They have a four-stage life cycle, which can take three years to complete.
Fleas and ticks both feed on a wide variety of hosts, including cats, dogs, rodents, wild animals, and people (though we aren't their primary hosts).
Are fleas & ticks dangerous?
Both fleas and ticks bite, but the results of their bites are different. After being bitten by a flea, a red itchy rash is likely to develop, while a tick rarely leaves any signs of their bite behind.
While flea bites may be more evident, being bitten by a tick is typically more problematic. Fleas can spread some diseases, but that threat is not a huge concern in the United States. On the other hand, ticks are vectors of diseases, including Lyme disease, that can make people quite ill.
Having large numbers of fleas and ticks on your property puts you and your pets at risk of being infected with dangerous pathogens and parasites.
Why do I have a flea & tick problem?
Fleas and ticks are parasites and travel with their hosts. Wild animal activity is the most common reason fleas and ticks are on your property. As wild animals move across your yard, they leave behind fleas and ticks. Then when you, your family, or pets are playing outside, you come into contact with them and become their new host and source of food.
Fleas frequently come into homes on people's clothing or in pet fur. People can also introduce fleas into their homes on secondhand furniture or rugs infested with their eggs or larvae. Once inside, they quickly develop a large and difficult to eliminate infestations.
Ticks are primarily outdoor pests; they can't complete their life cycle indoors. They are generally only a problem in our outdoor spaces.
Where will I find fleas and ticks?
Ticks can't fly or jump. They crawl to the top of grass blades, weeds, and other vegetation and wait for a host. Outside, ticks live in our yards, ditches, grass along fences, the edges of walking trails, and wooded areas waiting for a host to happen by.
Fleas live outside in shady, moist areas that keep them out of direct sunlight. Places to find fleas in a backyard include woodpiles, mulch, under decks, and grassy areas where pets spend a lot of time.
Inside homes, flea infestations develop in upholstered furniture, rugs, behind baseboards, and in bedding. Adults will then feed and breed on your pets. If you don't own any pets, you and your family will become a source of nutrition, though they won't live on our bodies like they would an animal host.
How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?
Fleas and ticks are outdoor pests regularly brought onto our properties. The best solution to combat problems with fleas and ticks is to partner with a local and experienced professional.
At PDF Finest Pest Management, we will provide you with the high-quality flea and tick services necessary to keep the fleas and ticks that live in Long Island and New York City away from your home and family. With the help of our professionals and monthly treatments performed from mid-May through October or November, we will work with you to keep these biting pests from taking over your property. Contact us today to learn more about flea and tick control in New York!
How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?
The best way to stop a flea and tick infestation before it begins is to partner with a professional who can provide regular home pest control services. It is also important to implement the following prevention tips.
- Remove things like leaf piles, grass piles, and other organic debris that provide them with a shady, damp resting spot.
- Keep your lawn cut short.
- Keep weeds and tall grass from growing up along walkways, steps, and the foundation of your home.
- If you own pets, make sure to place them on a year-round flea and tick preventative.
- Seal openings in your home's exterior that could act as entry points for rodents and other flea and tick-infested wild animals.
Protect your New York home and family from unwanted flea and tick activity with the help of the professionals at PDF Finest Pest Management.
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