The Trick To Keeping Fleas And Ticks Out Of Your Tulsa, OK Yard
July 7, 2021
It’s that time of year again: the height of flea and tick season. Here in Tulsa, OK we get a decent break from these parasitic pests in the winter, but once spring rolls around, they’re back with a vengeance. Not only can these blood-drinkers drive you crazy in a figurative sense, but they can also give you a myriad of diseases that can affect your brain in a much more literal sense. Ticks are especially dangerous to human health because of the diseases they spread. Let’s dive into detail about some of those diseases and talk about some ways to keep yourself safe.
Fleas Vs. Ticks
Fleas and ticks both feed off of blood, but they do it in very different ways. Fleas typically live on their host itself or, if they cannot live directly on the host, they live in its immediate vicinities, such as in bedding and sleeping areas. With animals, fleas can often live out their entire lives inside their fur, hatching, breeding, feeding, and even dying on the same host. Since humans have less hair, fleas cannot live on us in the same way, so they have to settle for our homes – hiding out in carpeting, furniture, and shrubs so they can hop on, grab a meal, and hop off.
Meanwhile, ticks’ entire strategy is based on hopping on and hopping off, but they don’t do it quickly. Ticks tend to live in wilderness areas like forests and high grass. They drop onto hosts or crawl up from the ground. Then, they embed themselves in the host’s flesh, sometimes feeding for days before dropping off. Ticks particularly love crevices and sheltered areas of the body like the armpits, groin area, and behind the ears. Attaching in these areas lowers their chances of being discovered and removed before they finish feeding.
Dangers Of Fleas And Ticks
In the middle ages, fleas were one of the most dangerous animals on the planet – if not the most dangerous. This is because they were one of the main vectors responsible for the spread of the Black Death that ravaged the global population for centuries, starting in the 1300s. Nowadays, fleas can still spread the plague, but a few rounds of antibiotics can clear it up in a jiffy, so plague deaths are rare. Fleas can also spread typhus, cat scratch fever, and tularemia.
Ticks, on the other hand, can spread a myriad of serious illnesses that pose a significant risk to life and limb. Ticks commonly spread the Powassan virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Lyme disease is likely the most notorious tick-borne illness, as it’s characterized by the famous bullseye rash around the site of the bite, as well as its propensity to leave lasting detrimental impacts on everything in the body, from the nervous system to the brain to the joints and the heart.
Flea And Tick Preventative Measures
It’s safe to say you don’t want these dangerous pests running around your property. To prevent them, focus on making sure you, your pets, or wildlife hosts are not bringing them onto your property. Wear protective clothing and use DEET insect repellant when outdoors. Talk to your vet about effective flea and tick prevention for pets. And make sure your yard is free of common flea and tick spreaders like raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and other potential host animals.
If you wind up with an infestation anyway, help is just a click or call away. Here at Dandi Guaranty Pest Solutions & Termite Protection, we’ve been defending Tulsa area homes and businesses since 1959. That’s over 60 years of pest protection! So give us a call at (918) 228-3767 or visit our contact page to schedule your flea and tick control service today.