Nothing can ruin your enjoyment of the outdoors faster than coming home and finding ticks or fleas somewhere on your body. To make matters worse, what if the place that you picked up these pests was in your own back yard? The unfortunate truth is, without taking the proper precautions, your Houston property could be exposed to tick and flea infestations.
Ticks and fleas are blood-sucking pests that are known to transmit a number of diseases to both humans and pets. As such, it is important for you to be proactive in preventing these unwanted pests from ever infesting your yard.
Identifying Fleas And Ticks
While fleas and ticks are similar pests in the regard that they feed on the blood of mammal hosts, they are otherwise quite different. For instance, fleas are tiny insects with smooth bodies and six legs. Their back pair of legs are incredibly powerful which allows fleas to jump onto hosts as they pass by. Additionally, fleas’ smooth bodies allow them to move easily through the hair or fur of hosts.
Ticks, on the other hand, are arachnids which means they are related to spiders. They have eight legs and flat oval-shaped bodies. However, after feeding on blood, their bodies will engorge and often change color, as well. While fleas use their powerful legs to jump onto hosts, ticks are incapable of jumping. Instead, they hang out in tall grass and brush and simply wait for a host to walk past them. Then, they will crawl onto the host’s body while the host is none the wiser. Additionally, tick bites are painless so you are not likely to know you’ve been bitten until you find the tick somewhere on your body.
Threats Posed By Fleas And Ticks
Given that both fleas and ticks feed on the blood of various hosts, they are capable of spreading a wide variety of bloodborne diseases to both humans and our pets. Diseases they have been known to spread include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis. Additionally, fleas are known to transmit tapeworms to both people and animals. Also, both could trigger asthma attacks or allergies in at-risk people. It is safe to say, you don’t want any of the maladies that these pests might transmit which is why it is important for you to utilize all preventative measures at your disposal.
Flea And Tick Prevention
Ticks and fleas will often be introduced to a property after they’ve ridden in on the back of a rodent or other wildlife. Therefore, taking steps to make your yard less appealing to wildlife, in general, should help reduce the odds of you having a tick or flea infestation. Other tick and flea prevention techniques include:
- Remove any bird feeders from your property.
- Pick up any uneaten pet food immediately.
- If you grow fruits or vegetables, pick up any that have fallen to the ground.
- Keep your lawn well-manicured.
- Trim back any tree or vegetation overhang from around the perimeter of your property.
- Talk to your vet about flea and tick medications for your pets.
Also, while you are out in the world, some tips for avoiding picking up fleas and ticks include:
- Wear long sleeves and pants to cover exposed skin.
- Stick to the centers of hiking trails.
- Avoid venturing into tall grass and brush.
- Check both your and your pet’s bodies for fleas or ticks after returning from spending time in the great outdoors.
For More On Flea And Tick Prevention And Control
If you do find yourself dealing with a flea or tick infestation, don’t worry, you do not have to deal with it alone. Contact the trained pest technicians here at GreenForce Pest Solutions.
Here at GreenForce Pest Solutions, we have the experience and the expertise required to effectively eliminate any flea or tick infestation with which you might be dealing. We will also work with you to take the proper preventative measures to ensure your property is safe from future infestations.
Don’t put the health and safety of your family at risk. Give us a call today.