WARM, WET WEATHER CONTRIBUTES TO SURGE IN TICKS AND FLEAS
Arrow Exterminators Recommends Five Necessary Precautions for
Homeowners to Take in Preventing Flea and Tick
Thanks to the unseasonably warm, wet weather experienced
throughout the region, coupled with a recent rise in rodent
populations, flea and tick infestations are surging. With an
ability to reproduce quickly and pose serious health risks to
humans, fleas and ticks should not be taken lightly. Arrow
Exterminators urges homeowners to follow these five precautions to
prevent flea and tick infestations this summer:
1. Curb Appeal: Mice and rats are renowned carriers of ticks and
fleas. To prevent rodents from setting up house near your property,
keep outdoor play areas and lawns groomed and clear of brush, grass
clippings, woodpiles and leaf debris. Additionally, keep play areas
away from wooded areas - another rodent haven.
2. Give a Dog a Bath: During flea and tick season, it's
important to bathe and groom pets often, as well as visit a
veterinarian for professional flea treatments. It's also critical
to inspect pets regularly, paying close attention to the front
shoulders, back area and inside of and behind the ears. Fleas can
jump more than 200 times their body length, making it extremely
easy for them to hitch a ride onto a pet and into a home.
3. Keep a Tidy, Clean Home: Help remove flea populations and
prevent the laying of eggs by cleaning and vacuuming frequently.
"It's important to remember that fleas are not only fantastic
hitchhikers, but also professional escape artists. After vacuuming,
immediately dispose of the bag to prevent fleas from 'fleeing' back
into your house," said Shay Runion, Arrow Pest Expert.
4. Dress for the Occasion: When outside, in areas where ticks
are common, it's important to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
If possible, wear clothing light in color so ticks are easier to
detect. Also, use a tick repellant containing DEET (on skin or
clothing) or Permethrin (clothing only). When returning indoors,
inspect clothing and skin thoroughly for ticks, especially the head
and behind the ears.
5. Trust a Professional: If a flea or tick infestation is
suspected, a pest professional should be contacted immediately to
eradicate the problem.