Fleas and ticks are some of the most problematic parasites during the spring and summer months. These pests can be more than just an annoyance — they can be a danger to you and your family. Common outdoor pests can transmit diseases and cause allergic reactions in both people and pets.
While the thought of becoming a host for these pests might have your skin crawling, there are viable solutions. Flea and tick control can help keep them at bay. Having a lawn that’s free of fleas and ticks allows you to spend more time outside, completely worry-free. Let’s look at some key points that you should know about yard flea and tick control.
Little Bugs Spell Big Problems
Each year, flea and tick infestations seem to be getting progressively worse, increasing the need for flea and tick control. Products and home remedies that have been working for years now appear to have lost their effectiveness as these pests continue to adapt and get stronger.
Fleas are known to cause severe allergic reactions in dogs and carry diseases that can be transmitted to animals and humans. Ticks, if left embedded in the skin long enough, can lead to Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis — all of which can be fatal.
Not only can ticks survive the winter, but during the summer, a feeding and breeding female tick can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs at one time in your yard or nearby. In addition, fleas can also survive freezing temperatures as immature pupae on wild animals or in covered areas.
Keep the Pests Away From Pets
Ticks and fleas are two of the most prolific pests that affect pets across the nation. It’s essential to keep these parasites out of your yard or they could cause serious problems for your pets.
Ticks are true opportunists. They’ll attach to any warm body that passes by, including your pets. The pests latch on to the skin and feed on your pet’s blood. If they remain attached to the skin long enough, they’ll also release bacteria into your pet’s body. Transmission of the bacteria can occur in as little as 24 hours, and symptoms of tick-borne illnesses may not appear until several months after your pet has been infected. If you examine your pet after a trip outside, you may see or feel ticks. Ticks like to burrow in out-of-the-way areas, such as between the toes, under the collar or at the base of the tail.
Although flea bites aren’t known to have as serious repercussions as many tick-borne illnesses, they can still make your pet very uncomfortable. Since fleas reproduce fairly quickly, it can cause severe itching. Although fleas are commonly known to affect dogs and cats, they can also affect pet rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals.
Protecting your property from these parasites will ensure they do not harm your furry friends — or you! Did you know? While rare, fleas can also infect humans! For all of these reasons, prevention is critical.
Flea and Tick Control for the Win
Advantage Pest Control is the number one rated professional, stress-free pest control company in Kansas City. Advantage works with both homeowners and business owners, so our experts can provide tick and flea control at your residential home or commercial building.
When you reach out to one of our highly trained office staff, we will review service options and develop a customer service plan. Within a short period of time, you’ll have a parasite-free yard that you and your pets can enjoy all summer.
Contact our team today to conquer tick and flea control and eliminate them from your yard for good.