WARM, WET WEATHER BRINGS AN INCREASE FLEA AND TICK POPULATION
Arrow Exterminators Recommends Five Steps That Can Help Prevent Flea and Tick Infestations.
The recent wet weather experienced across our region, coupled with summer's high temperatures has caused a surge in flea and tick infestations. These insects reproduce very quickly and may pose serious health risks to humans and pets. Arrow Exterminators has prepared a list of five precautions for homeowners to help protect their homes and families this summer.
- Keep outdoor play areas and lawns groomed and clear of brush, grass clippings, woodpiles and leaf debris. These are ideal havens for rodents such as mice and rats which are renowned carriers of fleas and ticks.
- Bathe and groom pets often and visit a veterinarian for professional flea and tick treatments. Also, inspect them regularly, especially the front shoulders, back and ears. Fleas are notorious hitchhikers and with the ability to jump more than 200 times their body length, it is extremely easy for them to catch a ride on a pet and into a home.
- Vacuum frequently. This will help remove fleas and prevent the laying of eggs. It's important to remember that fleas are not only fantastic hitchhikers, but also professional escape artists. After vacuuming, immediately dispose of the bag," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert.
- When outside, in areas where ticks are common, it's important to dress properly. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and if possible, wear clothing light in color so ticks are easier to detect. Also, use a tick repellant containing DEET or Permethrin and when returning indoors, inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, especially the head and behind the ears.
- If a flea or tick infestation is suspected, a pest professional should be contacted immediately to eradicate the problem.