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Fleas and ticks are an infamously terrible menace to any pet owner, but even if you aren't sharing your home with an animal, these pesky parasites can slip inside unseen and infest your carpet, feasting on your blood. They're brought to your yard by wild animals such as rodents, raccoons, deer, and birds. From there, it's often only a matter of time before they find a way inside your home. Although they both feed exclusively on the blood of mammals, they both have very different methods of attaining their meal. Fleas are very tiny, flat insects with strong back legs that they use to jump long distances. Ticks are a little larger but still easy to miss, recognizable by their oval-shaped bodies and eight legs. Now that you know what to look for let's outline why they're such a problem and what to do about them.
Aside from being a general drain on your mental wellbeing, these prolific parasites also bring with them a host of health concerns. Fleas will trigger allergies in certain people with their bites, along with leaving itchy red welts wherever they feed. These lumps can lead to secondary skin infections if they're scratched too much. Of course, ticks feed a little differently to fleas, preferring to latch on to their hosts for extended lengths of time. This can lead to the transmission of pathogens such as Lyme disease, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis.
In nearly all cases, a flea or tick problem will require professional guidance to completely resolve. Over-the-counter solutions exist but will rarely provide satisfactory results. The main reason for this is the sheer prolificity of the pests. Ticks take root in damp, shaded outdoor areas, where they can be quite difficult to detect. Thankfully these blood-sucking arachnids don't tend to thrive indoors due to their low mobility and consequent preference for dense foliage in which to wait for hosts, but fleas are a completely different story. These nimble little insects can prove a severe and persistent problem, laying countless eggs not only in pet fur but in carpets as well, where their life cycle perpetuates indefinitely so long as they have access to hosts.
Once the present problem is addressed, it's important to put measures in place to ensure another never arises. Of course, it's best to partner with the professionals at All-Safe for complete protection and ongoing guidance, but there are a few things you can do on your own. Alongside professional treatment, try the following:
However, despite your best efforts to control the flea and tick population in your yard, you still may find yourself dealing with an ongoing problem or worrying about developing one. For peace of mind and to successfully reduce the flea and tick population in your yard, it's best to partner with the professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite.
Ultimately, the easiest and most effective means of pest control will always be to contact the professionals. Reach out to the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite for a quick and comprehensive solution to that stubborn flea or tick population. Avoid all the hazards, physical and mental, that come with their parasitic presence. When you partner with All-Safe, you're reclaiming not only your home but safety and peace of mind for yourself and your pets. Our family of technicians are highly trained and proven reliable, and they're only a call away.
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