Flea & Tick Identification

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are external parasites. They survive by feeding on the blood of their hosts (people and animals). Fleas are a type of insect and infest both outdoor and indoor spaces. Fleas are small and reddish-brown in color. They have hard, wingless bodies that appear flattened from side to side, and large, powerful back legs. Ticks are not insects; they are arachnids and are related to spiders and mites. Adult ticks have wingless, oval-shaped bodies with eight legs. Ticks come in a variety of colors including black, brown, gray, and red. Ticks are mostly outdoor pests, and most species cannot breed indoors.

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Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Both fleas and ticks are dangerous pests, and their bites can lead to health problems for people and pets. Many people and animals are allergic to flea saliva. After being bitten by fleas, those who are allergic will develop an itchy, red rash that can lead to secondary infections with excessive itching. Fleas also carry and transmit parasites, including tapeworms. Ticks carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases to people that can create serious health threats. According to the Florida Department Of Health, ticks in Florida are responsible for spreading ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among other deadly diseases.

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks are most likely on your property because wild animals brought them. Once on your property, fleas and ticks will lie in wait in suitable hiding spot until a new host happens by; if that new host is you, a family member, or a pet, fleas and ticks can be accidentally introduced into your home. Fleas also commonly get into homes on used furniture or rugs, and can also be brought indoors on the backs of rodents that have found their way inside your home to nest.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Fleas can be found living both inside or outside. Adult fleas spend most of their lives on a host, feeding and laying eggs in its fur. Outdoors, fleas live in shady, moist or sandy areas. In homes, you can find fleas and their eggs in the cracks of floors, bedding, rugs, upholstered furniture, and behind baseboards. The flea's resilience and small size makes it a challenging pest to eliminate and control, especially indoors. Ticks are mainly found living outside, either on their hosts or in areas of tall grass or dense vegetation. Ticks are also found along ponds or at the edges of wood areas.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

The best way to eliminate problems with fleas and ticks in your Southeast Florida home or business is to partner with an experienced professional. At Pest-Aside, we offer the residential and commercial services needed to get rid of fleas and ticks, as well as other common Florida pests, at an affordable price. We are 100% committed to our customers and their pest control needs. To learn more about our pest control services, contact Pest-Aside today!

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

Preventing problems with fleas and ticks on your Delray Beach or Southeast Florida property is a difficult task, but here are some steps to help avoid an infestation:

  • Under the guidance of your veterinarian, place your pets on a year-round flea and tick control program.

  • Maintain your yard by removing excess debris and keeping the grass cut short.

  • Don't buy used rugs or upholstered furniture for your home.

  • Thoroughly vacuum your floors and furniture.

  • Regularly bathe and groom pets.

  • Frequently change bedding and wash pet bedding.

  • Remove food sources that could attract wild animals to your yard.

  • Inspect yourself, family, and pets for fleas and ticks after spending time outside.

  • When planting shrubs space them out and keep them trimmed to help the sun reach the soil and dry it out.

 

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