School's not the only thing out for summer. Fleas and ticks are
out too! With swimming pools opening and baseball season in full
swing, it's a great time of the year to enjoy the great outdoors…
Just be sure not to bring any uninvited "housepests" back inside
No matter the activity - hiking, biking, running - if you're
outdoors, it's important to remember that you're never alone.
Hundreds of ticks and fleas are watching your every move, looking
for a way to get indoors. These pests can easily hitch a ride into
your home on clothing, skin or on your favorite four-legged friend.
And, once they find a way in, watch out -infestations and serious
health problems may be headed your way.
A common misconception is that fleas only affect dogs and cats.
Unfortunately, fleas bite humans too, since they are simply looking
for a warm-blooded host to attack. Once they bite, it's not pretty.
They can spread bacterial diseases through their saliva. To prevent
fleas from entering the home, bathe and groom your pets regularly.
And, to remove fleas that have already made their way inside,
vacuum frequently. Be sure to immediately dispose of the vacuum bag
when you're finished, since fleas can be savvy escape artists.
Ticks are also on the rise due to growing deer populations. As
you may know, ticks can be extremely dangerous since they can
spread Lyme Disease. Small in size, ticks are natural chameleons,
resembling a small mole or freckle. So, when returning indoors, be
sure to thoroughly inspect your clothing and skin, paying close
attention to the head. We have heard many stories of ticks hiding
behind ears, under arms and on the feet - including stories from
some of our very own pest professionals! Be sure to give your pet
an inspection too - examining the shoulder/back area, as well as
both behind and inside of the ears.
Here are some additional tips to keep fleas and ticks at
- Keep lawns groomed to avoid rodent habitation (ticks can adhere
to mice, as well);
- When walking pets outdoors, keep them on a leash to prevent
them from roaming through tall grass where fleas and ticks are most
commonly found; and
- Seal cracks and crevices where ticks can hide, both inside and
on the exterior of the home.
With summer unofficially kicking off this holiday weekend, we
hope these tips keep you, your loved ones and your home healthy and
safe all season long!