If pests had feuds, fleas and ticks would be regular rivals. Why? Because they are both after the same thing, blood. They are constantly looking for ways to fill their tiny bellies and they go about doing so in drastically different ways. Fortunately for them, there is enough blood to go around and they do not have to compete for it. This is much less fortunate for the people and animals these pests choose to feed on. If you do not want to be attacked by fleas and ticks on your Elk Grove property, here is a simple secret to keeping them away.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are parasitic insects that live in our area and regularly cause trouble for Elk Grove property owners. These small pests love to hide and lay their eggs inside the fur of household pets and wildlife. The average adult flea can jump 8 inches high, which is approximately 150 times its own height! They use this unique ability to get on and off of hosts and to sneak their way into homes.
Fleas in our area can spread a range of disease-causing organisms. The most flea-transmitted sickness is the Bubonic plague also known as “The Black Death.” If you don’t know, this disease alone was directly responsible for 25 million deaths. This death toll, however, happened before the era of modern sanitation and hygiene practices, and medicine. Today flea-borne diseases are equally unpleasant but much more treatable.
What Are Ticks?
Ticks are parasitic arachnids that hide around properties and regularly feed on humans and animals. Where fleas prefer animal hosts, ticks gravitate to people. One unique quality of ticks is how long it takes them to feed. For an adult, it takes 7 to 10 days for a tick to become “full.” For this reason, we recommend thoroughly checking your body for these pests after spending time outdoors.
In America, ticks are considered to be one of the most dangerous pests. This is mainly due to the range and severity of the diseases they carry. Many tick-spread sicknesses such as Lyme disease can cause lasting symptoms. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is treatable but not curable. If you are ever bitten by a tick, save its body inside a plastic bag in the freezer. This will help doctors get you the proper treatment in case symptoms of a serious tick-borne disease arise.
How Fleas And Ticks Get Into Homes
Fleas and ticks invade homes in very similar ways. The two main ways these pests might find their way into your living areas is by catching a ride or by crawling in through a gap, crack, or opening in your home’s exterior foundation. If your pets do not have the proper protection against these pests, your property is prone to rodent invasion. If your home’s exterior is not properly sealed, you will have a higher likelihood of finding these parasitic pests indoors.
The Secret To Protecting Your Property Against Fleas And Ticks
There are many DIY prevention tips that help deter fleas and ticks. These methods, however, will not guarantee these pests stay off your property. The only way to make sure fleas and ticks stay away is to invest in high-quality pest control services. For the absolute best services Elk Grove has to offer, turn to the experts at Pro Active Pest Control. We will evaluate your property’s pest pressures and implement quick-working, advanced strategies to create a lasting barrier to keep invasive species, like fleas and ticks, at bay.
Contact us now to schedule a pest control appointment for your Elk Grove property.