Flea & Tick Identification & Prevention

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are both types of external parasites that feed on the blood of people and animals. Both are tiny insects that live outside and can become a problem in any Houston yard. Fleas are tiny insects that use their powerful back legs to jump great heights and gain access to their hosts. Their narrow bodies allow them to easily move through their host’s fur. Ticks are a type of arachnid, are wingless, and do not jump. They lay in wait for a host to brush past them that they can crawl up and begin feeding on.

black legged tick crawling across leaf

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Because of their ability to feed on the blood of a variety of hosts and transmit diseases and parasites to both people and animals, both fleas and ticks are dangerous pests. In the Houston area, ticks can spread diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and others. Fleas also carry and transmit tapeworms that they can pass on to people and animals. An allergy to flea saliva is common in both people and animals. People allergic to flea saliva develop a red, itchy, uncomfortable rash after being bitten.

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks are regularly introduced onto properties and sometimes into our homes by wandering rodents and other wild animals. They can find their way into homes on our clothing and shoes or the backs of our pets. Adult fleas, their larvae, or their eggs can also come into homes on used furniture or rugs. Fleas and ticks are both prolific breeders and a small infestation has the potential to explode into a large one in a short amount of time.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Most species of ticks are not capable of breeding indoors and, therefore, if not attached to us or our pets, live outside. Fleas, on the other hand, are capable of breeding both indoors and out. Inside, fleas and their eggs hide in rugs, upholstered furniture, behind baseboards, in bedding, in blankets, and around areas where pets spend a lot of their time.

Outside, fleas not living on a host live in sandy soil usually under shrubs, woodpiles, leaf piles, or decks. Ticks that are waiting for a host to happen by, hide in tall grass and dense vegetation. You can find them in high populations at the edge of wooded areas, in ditches, and along the edge of  ponds. Both fleas and ticks are also frequent visitors to campgrounds, dog parks, and kennel facilities.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

The best way to live pest-free is to partner with the Houston pest professionals at GreenForce Pest Solutions. Our family wants to keep your family and home safe from fleas, ticks, and other pests. Our guaranteed services provide our home and business owners with fast, effective pest elimination. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we are committed to solving your pest problems in the Houston, Texas region.

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, keep your property free of fleas and ticks using the following prevention tips:

  • Keep your grass cut short.

  • Prune overgrown shrubs and bushes to help the sun hit the ground and dry out the soil.

  • Avoid purchasing upholstered furniture or rugs for your home.

  • Regularly wash pet bedding and vacuum your floors.

  • Wash pets using a flea and tick shampoo.

  • Put your pets on a year-round flea and tick control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.

  • Remove wild animal feeders from your yard that could attract wild animals.

  • Seal up any holes in your home’s exterior to prevent rodents and other wild animals from getting inside.

If you are looking for exceptional flea and tick control for your home or business, reach out to the friendly, local pest control experts at GreenForce Pest Solutions today!

 

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