We have long warned our customers about the dangers of fleas and
ticks during the summer months. Unfortunately, this year is no
different … and could be worse! Due to the unseasonably warm and
wet weather we've experienced throughout the South, along with a
rise in rodent populations, there has been a noticeable increase in
fleas and ticks.
With an ability to reproduce quickly and pose serious health
risks to humans, fleas and ticks should not be taken lightly. To
prevent these pests from infesting your home, it's important to
take precautionary measures. Here are our top five tips to keep
these pesky pests away this summer:
1. Keep Yards Tidy: Ticks and fleas are known to hitch a ride on
mice and rats. To prevent rodents from making a home in your yard,
keep outdoor play areas and lawns groomed and clear of brush, grass
clippings, woodpiles and leaf debris. Also, keep play areas away
from wooded areas; rodents love to hide there.
2. Keep Fido Fresh and Clean: During a high flea and tick season
(like the one we're experiencing this year), it's important to
bathe and groom pets frequently, as well as visit a veterinarian
for professional flea treatments. Pet owners should also inspect
pets regularly, paying close attention to the front shoulders, back
area and inside of and behind the ears. Fleas could be considered
Olympic athletes, jumping more than 200 times their body length!
This makes it very easy for them to hitch a ride onto a pet and
into your home.
3. Become Best Friends with the Vacuum: You can help remove
fleas already residing in your home by cleaning and vacuuming
frequently. Vacuuming will also help prevent the laying of
additional eggs. Fleas know how to make a quick escape; after
vacuuming, it's important to immediately dispose of the bag to
prevent fleas from getting back inside the home.
4. Bring out the Summer Whites: If you plan on spending time
outdoors - whether relaxing in the backyard or taking a hike - it's
important to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Try to pick
clothing that is light in color so ticks can be easier to detect.
Be sure to also use a tick repellant containing DEET. When
returning indoors, inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks,
especially the head and behind the ears.
5. Call a Pest Professional: If you think you have a flea or
tick infestation it's important to call immediately to prevent
further infestation and potential harm to you and your pets.
We hope these tips will keep you and your furry, four-legged
friends flea and tick free this summer!