WARM, WET WEATHER BRINGS AN INCREASE FLEA AND TICK POPULATION
Arrow Exterminators Recommends Five Steps That
Can Help Prevent Flea and Tick
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
- 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.