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We often think of ticks and fleas as pest problems that pet owners deal with. And, while that is certainly true, these bugs can be a problem for any family. Understanding this is the first step to protecting yourself and your family from these invasive, disease-spreading pests. Here's what you need to know.

Rodents

Your dog and your cat are not the only animals that can bring fleas and ticks into your home. Rodents are effective vehicles for these pests. If you're seeing mouse or rat droppings in your home, you can be sure that rodents are not the only pest problem you're dealing with. Trapping and sealing wildlife out of your home is the first step to arresting a flea or tick problem.

Birds

We all love to look at birds. Some of us love to look at them so much we put feeders in our yards. But, when birds come into your yard with ticks in their plumage, they can drop tick eggs in your yard. This is especially true for the blacklegged tick. At only ⅛ of an inch in size, several blacklegged ticks can use a single bird as a host.

Wildlife 

Before ticks and fleas get on your pets, they are usually brought into your yard by some other furry or feathered creature. When you use exclusion methods to keep wildlife out of your yard and away from your home, you also prevent tick and flea problems.

Pets

This is an obvious one. If you have a dog or a cat, it is important that they have veterinarian prescribed tick and flea prevention products. Pet owners have a much greater risk of flea and tick issues. It is also a good idea to make sure your animals are kept in a safe location when they go outside. When they go in and out of grassy or woodland areas, they become the perfect vehicle for these and other parasites to get into your home.

Pet Inspections

Ticks and fleas can take root in a home even if all your pets have flea collars and other veterinarian-prescribed products applied on a routine basis. It is good practice to do routine inspections of your pet's fur, to make sure they are free of ticks and fleas.

Tick Inspection 

Routine tick inspections should always be done on children, and every occupant of the home should check themselves when they come in from being outside in grassy or woodland areas. It takes time for ticks to spread bacterium to humans. Lyme disease can take as long as 24 - 48 hours to transfer. Early detection is key to preventing these dangerous diseases. 

General Tick Prevention 

  • When you go out into nature, wear light clothing, tuck your pants into your socks, and consider spraying your legs with insect repellent. Ticks don't fall into your hair from trees. They must crawl up your body to get to your hairline.

  • Avoid going into tall grass or areas where you know ticks will be. 

General Flea Prevention 

Beyond what has already been discussed, there is really no other way to prevent fleas. These blood-eating insects don't use humans as hosts. If you're getting bites, it is only because you have walked, sat, or laid in a location where fleas are present. 

Flea And Tick Control 

When ticks or fleas appear in a house, there are some things you can do to arrest the problem yourself. But the process of eliminating these parasites is quite extensive. No two infestations are quite the same, and there can be secondary pest problems or other factors that are creating the issue. For this reason, DIY control can easily lead to ongoing frustration and suffering. It is best to give a professional pest controller a call. 

For a quick resolution to an infestation of these invasive and potentially harmful pests in Tennessee, reach out to Russell's Pest Control. Our highly trained pest control technicians use the most advanced pest control protocols to resolve tick and flea infestations quickly. We can also help you protect your family and your pets by reducing ticks and fleas around the perimeter of your home as well. Connect with us for immediate assistance or to request a free estimate.

 

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