Fleas & Ticks

What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas and ticks are parasitic yard pests that require hosts in order to survive. Both fleas and ticks are very small, fleas being the smallest of the two as adults. A typical flea can grow to about 2.5mm long while ticks are slightly larger at 2.7mm in length. Ticks reach their maximum size of 12mm long after consuming a blood meal and becoming engorged. The biggest difference between these two pests is that fleas prefer to feed on animals while most ticks prefer to choose humans as their hosts.

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Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks are both dangerous in their own way. Fleas pose a threat as they host tapeworms that can be transmitted to our pets and, on rare occasions, to humans as well. Fleas are also known carriers of murine typhus and the plague, which are harmful diseases that they can spread to humans.

Ticks are also known to transmit harmful diseases including Lyme disease, human granulocytic ehrlichiosis, Powassan virus, Ricky Mountain spotted fever, and babesiosis, among many others. And ticks can carry multiple diseases at a time, making them a pest you definitely don't want crawling around your property. Ticks are considered more of a threat to us than fleas as they are more likely to target humans and the diseases they spread can result in long-lasting health implications or even death.

Why do I have a flea and tick problem?

Both fleas and ticks can enter homes on animals and humans. In nature, ticks are primarily found in areas of tall grass or dense foliage. These areas act as transitional zones for these pests where they then lie in wait for a suitable host to pass by. When this happens, they will then cling to that pest to find a blood meal and hitch a ride to another location. And if they choose you or your pet as their host, you may carry them right into your home without even knowing!

Fleas, on the other hand, usually hitch rides on wildlife and rodents and hop from host to host until they can get onto one of your pets. Once they have found their way onto your pet, they will then use them as a way to enter our homes. Once inside, they will begin to breed and spread throughout your home until you are dealing with a full-blown invasion.

However, even if you don't have pets, you could still be at risk of a flea or tick infestation in your home!

How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

The best way to protect your home from parasitic pests like fleas and ticks is to partner with a professional pest control company for quality pest protection. Having fleas and ticks living on your property or in your home is bad news, but the good news is, you don’t have to look any further than us at Dandi Guaranty for quality flea and tick control services! Here at Dandi, we are the leaders in the pest control industry in both excellence and satisfaction and we'd be happy to help rid your property and home of the pests that are bugging you! If you want fleas and ticks off your property, reach out to us today!

Can I eliminate fleas and ticks myself?

While eliminating fleas and ticks without professional help is difficult, there are some steps you can take to reduce their populations on your property:

  • Keep your lawn and landscaping well trimmed.

  • Talk to a veterinarian about flea and tick prevention options for your pets such as flea and tick collars or specialized treatments.

  • Beyond these tasks, the best thing you can do deter fleas and ticks is to seek help from the professionals, and at Dandi Guaranty, we've got your back!

To learn more about our flea and tick control options, give us a call at Dandi Guaranty!

 

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