Flea & Tick Identification

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are both types of parasitic pests. They are often associated with pet owners, but can become a problem on any property or in any home. Even though they’re considered outdoor pests, fleas and ticks gain all the nutrition they need from the blood of their human and animal hosts. Fleas are about the size of a speck of dirt and have a hard, flat body that is very difficult to squish. Fleas are wingless but have large, powerful back legs that allow them to jump and move through the fur of their host. tick crawling on arm

Ticks are arachnids, and the adults have an oval-shaped body and eight legs. They are wingless and are unable to jump. Depending on their exact species, ticks come in a variety of colors, including reddish-brown, brown, black, and gray.

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Both fleas and ticks are pests that pose a danger to people and our pets and should never be allowed to live in our yards or homes. Ticks can spread a wide variety of diseases to both animals and people. Fleas carry and transmit parasites, including tapeworms, that they can pass on to people and animals. Many people and animals are allergic to flea saliva and develop a red, itchy rash after being bitten.

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks were most likely introduced onto your property by rodents or other wild animals and then into your house on you, your kids, or pets. They will also get inside on the backs of rodents that have moved into your home to nest. Fleas can also get into homes on used furniture or rugs. Most species of ticks are not capable of breeding indoors, so they are more of an outdoor pest, infesting and taking over our yards. Fleas, on the other hand, can breed both indoors and out, and their presence in a yard or home can quickly lead to a large-scale infestation.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Both fleas and ticks spend most of their lives on the backs of their animal hosts. When not feeding, ticks hideout waiting for a new host to come by in tall grasses, the edges around wooded areas, in ditches, and along pond edges. Outside, fleas that are not feeding live in dark, moist places such as under shrubbery, in tall grass, under woodpiles, or under decks. In homes, fleas hide in upholstered furniture, in rugs, in pet bedding, in your bedding, and behind baseboards. Both fleas and ticks can also become a big problem in dog parks, campgrounds, and boarding facilities.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

For homeowners looking for a responsible approach to getting rid of fleas and ticks on their property, we suggest partnering with Alta Pest Control. We focus on low-impact pest control that is effective at eliminating fleas and ticks as well as other household pests while minimizing the impact on the environment. Let our family owned company protect your home and family from our area’s most persistent household invading pests! If you are looking for more information about our flea and tick control services, reach out today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful professionals!

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

With the help of the professional services you’ll find at Alta Pest Control along with the following tips, you can prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem on your Spokane, WA property.

  • Keep the grass cut short.

  • Cut back overgrown shrubs, bushes, and other landscaping on your property.

  • Cut any wooded areas back away from your property line.

  • Before coming inside, inspect yourself, your children, and pets for fleas and ticks.

  • If possible, do not purchase used furniture or rugs for use inside your home.

  • Wash pet bedding and vacuum your home regularly.

  • Place pets on a year-round flea and tick control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.

  • Regularly bathe and groom pets.

  • Prevent wild animals from being attracted to your property by removing bird feeders, place locking lids on trash cans and compost bins, and keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

 

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