Flea and Tick Control Services
Fleas are a decided nuisance, not only as blood feeders, but also for their ability to transmit diseases through their feeding activity. Although there are many varieties of fleas, the cat flea is the most common, and the focus of most flea control efforts. Fleas are often found in areas where pets sleep, rest, walk, etc. Fleas lay their eggs on the host animal, but the eggs fall off and accumulate in these high activity areas. Adult fleas feed on blood, which they require for nutrition and for egg-laying. The tiny, worm-like larvae feed on the droppings of adults, which are primarily partially digested blood. The pupa, or resting phase, may last for six months or longer if no suitable hosts are in the area. The presence of carbon dioxide, vibrations and direct pressure tell the larvae that a suitable host is near. Several topical and systemic pesticides are available for treating pets, but homeowners may have to resort to treating the house if an infestation is present Killing fleas often involves treating the pets, treating the house, and treating the yard.
Do-It-Yourself Flea Control applications are often ineffective and most times last for a brief time, only to have flea populations increase again. Professional Flea Control treatments involve extensive treatment of many areas of the structure with multiple materials to ensure success.
Flea Control applications can be performed to just remedy flea infestations, but only carry a warranty for a limited period of time since animals often pick up fleas when they return to outdoors. Fleas are covered year-round inside your structure as part of a Quarterly Pest Control program, making it the preferred way to kill fleas!
If you have a Flea treatment scheduled and want to know how to prepare for this service, download the Flea Treatment Checklist.
Inside: Ticks can become a problem inside a structure when not properly handled by topical on-pet treatments. Interior tick control treatments can be performed to remedy interior infestations with a warranty for a limited time. However, pets and humans frequently return to outdoors and can bring ticks back into structures. Interior tick control is just one of the items covered in our Quarterly Pest Control program, making it the ideal method to manage ticks indoor throughout the season.
Outside: If you or your pets spend a good amount of time outdoors, it is likely that you may pick up ticks. As careful as you may be at trying to preventing picking up ticks, pets and humans frequently pick up with these pests which carry Lyme Disease and develop major health problems. Exterior Tick Control incorporates applying materials to nearby shrubs, low-hanging branches, eaves and overhangs of structures, rock walls, and surrounding edge habitats with taller grasses and vegetation.
This exterior treatment is not part of interior tick control treatments nor is it included in the Quarterly Pest Control program. However, our company offers additional services for Exterior Tick Control as part of our Tick and Mosquito Control Program which can do a great job at reducing your chances of coming in contact with ticks from spring through summer when they are very active.
- American Dog Tick: This tiny blood feeder, males 1/8″ long and unengorged females 3/16″ long, derives its name from being a native of North America and a pest found on dogs. They will readily bite humans, as well. It is known as a vector of tularemia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This hard tick does not survive well indoors, because the larvae and nymphs usually feed on small mammals, such as white-footed mice and squirrels. When found in the house, they can usually be attributed to having been carried in by a dog. Adult ticks will climb tall grasses and wave their legs to attach to larger mammals, including humans. Control includes personal protection, eliminating “edge” habitat of tall grasses, eliminating the small mammal hosts of the larvae and nymphs, and outdoor pesticide application by a trained professional.
- Black-Legged Tick (Deer Tick): Sometimes called the Bear Tick or Deer Tick, this blood feeding pest is the vector of Lyme Disease. Females, which are larger than the males, are about 1/8″ long, a bit larger when engorged. The larval ticks are the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Their life cycle takes two years, but may take up to four years if appropriate hosts are scarce. Adults are readily found in “edge” habitats of tall grasses, and in leaf litter. They are also common in the nests of small mammals, especially the white-footed mouse. On humans, a favorite feeding area is the back of the neck, at the base of the skull. Controlling this pest of human health concern involves thorough yard sanitation, personal protection, personal body inspection, discouraging the use of bird feeders, securing trash can lids to discourage small rodent foraging, and professional treatment of the yard, including a variety of materials and programs that are designed to eliminate ticks in foliage and in rodent nesting materials.
- Brown Dog Tick: This tick’s brown color is the source of its name. Although it rarely attacks man, it can breed and be found indoors, preferring the warm, moist areas where dogs live. Adults are about 1/8″ long, and the female is known to lay eggs in houses on the upper areas of walls, behind pictures, etc. Adult Brown Dog Ticks often attach to a dog’s ears or between the toes. Control involves careful sanitation of pet bedding, treatment of the dog by a veterinarian, and professional pest control treatment of the interior and exterior of the structure.