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05/25/2010

Don't Let Fleas and Ticks Take A Bite Out of Your Summer Fun

Arrow Exterminators Encourages Homeowners to Prevent Flea and Tick Infestations

The lazy, carefree days of summer are finally here. With months of barbeques, hikes and other outdoor recreational activities upon us, it's important to be aware that populations of fleas and ticks are on the rise. Once these pests are brought into the home, they can quickly spread, resulting in an infestation. Arrow Exterminators, an Atlanta-based pest control company, encourages homeowners to take the proper steps to keep "The Great Outdoors" outside and prevent fleas and ticks from becoming uninvited "house pests."

"It is so important that people become aware of how dangerous fleas and ticks can be at this time of the year," said Arrow Exterminators pest expert Shay Runion. "Although small in size, they shouldn't be underestimated, as they can pose serious risks and health concerns."

While fleas are most commonly associated with being a nuisance to our beloved four-legged friends - cats and dogs - they can also pose health problems to humans. Looking for warm-blooded hosts to attack, fleas can transfer bacterial diseases through their saliva. Extremely small and difficult to see, once inside the home, fleas reproduce quickly, with females laying approximately 2,000 eggs in a lifetime.

Deer ticks are another summer pest on the rise. Typically found in grassy, wooded areas, deer ticks are small, black and approximately the size of a sesame seed. Extremely dangerous, ticks can spread Lyme Disease. Recently, physicians in the south have reported an increased number of Lyme Disease cases due to growing deer populations. These doctors are cautioning individuals to carefully inspect for tick bites, which are most commonly identified in the form of a distinct red rash on the skin, in the shape of a bullseye.

To keep ticks and fleas from taking a bite out of your summer fun, Arrow recommends taking the following precautionary steps:

  • Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs;
  • After vacuuming, immediately dispose the bag since adult fleas can find a way to escape;
  • Keep lawns groomed to avoid rodent habitation (ticks can adhere to mice, as well);
  • Bathe and groom pets regularly, and visit a veterinarian, as needed, for professional flea treatments;
  • When in an area where ticks are common, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, preferably light in color so they are easier to detect;
  • Use a tick repellent; and
  • When returning indoors, inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, especially the head, including behind the ears. Be sure to give your pet an inspection as well, paying close attention to the front shoulders and back area, as well as inside of and behind the ears.

Arrow protects homes from fleas and ticks with the STEPSâ„¢ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes a full inspection of home and property to pinpoint pest control issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and to help prevent future recurrences.