Hike on well-marked trails; try to avoid wooded areas. Wear light-colored clothes, long pants, and sleeves. Do your best to keep your dog on a leash when hiking or performing other outdoor activities with tall grass or wooded areas.
Be sure to check your clothes and body when returning from hikes and other outdoor activities.
Keep tall grasses, other large weeds, and leaves around your home trimmed down and to a minimum.
Keep your pets on flea and tick medication.
Do your best to prevent deer and other large wild animals off your property.
Have your pest control professional like Budget Pest Control Services perform a flea or tick spray using natural products, to cut and control the population.
Once an infestation has occurred, it can seem impossible to keep fleas and ticks off your pets and out of your home and yard. In fact, it can take weeks or even months to get under control. Both fleas and ticks live on animals’ skin and feed on their blood. Flea larvae are found in the grass and soil of your yard. They come indoors on your pet and then fall off, hatching once inside. Fleas in particular are extremely hard to get rid of without professional help. They get into your home on the fur of pets, rodents and other mammals. Did you know they can jump up to eight feet in the air? Worst part is, they can transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans and their saliva can cause a negative flea allergy dermatitis in pets such as dogs.
Disease Cary Ticks hide in grassy or wooded areas and make their way onto your pets (and you) when you walk by. They then bury their heads in the skin of their host and can remain dormant for months. Ticks are known to transmit diseases that affect both humans and animals including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis.
While it can be extremely difficult to get rid of fleas and ticks, there are precautions you can take to help prevent them in the first place.
If you suspect you have a problem with ticks and fleas, contact a professional pest control company like Budget Pest Control Services at 412-318-4912 who can provide you with a thorough inspection, help you identify areas of infestation, and set you up with the best treatment and prevention plan for your individual situation.