Never underestimate the power of fleas and ticks. With our warm, sunny temperatures here in Georgia, fleas and ticks are a nuisance all year-round, but when the temperatures heat up and the humidity becomes higher, fleas and ticks become even more active. Fleas and ticks are one of the most annoying and difficult pests to get rid of and they are notorious for the dangerous diseases they can give you and your pets. Diseases such as dermatitis, babesiosis, Lyme disease, murine typhus, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
As the weather heats up, fleas and ticks become more active, putting you and your family at further risk. But you can be ready! Here are six flea and tick prevention methods that you can use to protect your home and your loved ones all year long.
Fleas prefer hot, humid, shaded places and both prefer to rest in areas that avoid sunlight. A clean, clear yard is an effective way of preventing fleas. This includes keeping the grass cut, the trees and shrubs trimmed, and the landscape beds clean. You can also help to keep ticks out of your yard by building physical borders with gravel or wood chips. In doing these things, you are eliminating hiding places for fleas, which in turn will drive them away from your lawn.
You will also want to keep your yard clean and clear of anything that will bring other flea-carrying critters anywhere near your home, such as raccoons, deer, and feral cats. This includes keeping the trash in bags and in cans, leaving the grill covered, and never leaving any sources of loose food out.
The best way to prevent a tick infestation is to educate yourself on their common habitats. In doing so, you can be adequately prepared to ensure that neither you nor your loved ones will get bitten and that you don’t bring them back to your home.
Ticks are opportunistic pests. They will lie in wait for extended periods of time until their next possible blood meal walks by. Because of this, they need to find shelter. You can typically find them hiding out in wooded areas with plenty of tree/shrub cover and tall grasses. When you go to these areas, you will want to check your clothes, hair, and skin thoroughly upon return.
When returning from any wooded or highly shaded areas, you’re going to want to inspect you and your loved ones’ clothing for fleas or ticks. Thinking ahead, if you wear light-colored clothing when you go to a possible flea and tick-inhabited area, it will allow you to spot them more easily when you return.
In case you do bring a tick or flea back with you, don’t just remove it and toss it outside. Remember: you don’t want these pests anywhere near your property. Instead, wash or tumble dry the clothing on a hot setting, which will kill the pest and prevent any possibility of its return.
Also, look closely at you and your loved one’s scalp and hair. The longer the hair the more places to hide. Check all areas of your skin including your back and behind your ears.
Along with checking your clothing, hair, and skin, you’ll want to check your pet’s fur, too. Pets can bring these pests back into and around your home. There are even tick and flea combs you can purchase online that will help when you inspect your pet’s fur.
Once inside your home, female fleas can lay up to 40 eggs per day, and it only takes 24 hours after a blood meal for her to be able to start laying those eggs. The flea’s eggs, larvae, and pupae are commonly found in or around rugs, carpeting, and — most commonly — your pet’s bedding.
Keep these areas clean by vacuuming, sweeping and mopping wood floors with hot water, and washing your pet’s bedding and toys on a consistent basis.
The best flea and tick prevention method is simple: call the professionals in flea and tick control at Environmental Turf. With our flea and tick control service, you will no longer have to worry about these pests causing harm or being anywhere near your home and family.
Contact us here, or give us a call at (770) 466-0234 to hear more about our flea and tick preventative service and have professional flea and tick control measures applied to your yard. Receive your free quote today!