April 28, 2021
All The Problems Fleas And Ticks Bring To Conroe Properties
No one likes being bitten by pests in the first place, but the fact that these creatures add swelling, itching, and scratching to some very serious diseases only adds to their distasteful presence.
Apart from the mosquito (which is another of Conroe’s most notable pest occupants), fleas and ticks are incredibly common sights to see here in our little slice of heaven. There are no individual species of flea that need mentioning, but there are several types of ticks whose presence makes us all a little uncomfortable. Black-legged ticks, Lone Star ticks, deer ticks, and so many more are carriers of dangerous diseases that make their way from vector to unlucky host.
You may not be able to tell the difference between one species of tick or another, but you will likely recognize some of their overall characteristics: eight curved legs, a swollen abdomen, and a tough exoskeleton that makes them almost impossible to be crushed. In contrast, fleas cannot be seen by the naked eye, but they can be 'seen' in other ways. Flea dirt on pets is often the best indication of their presence. These two species of pest are very different at first glance, but the ways they choose to infest and the problems they inevitably cause are quite similar. Let’s take a look at some of the most problematic issues below.
The Infestation Habits Of Fleas And Ticks (And How These Cause Problems)
One of the most dangerous initial problems caused by fleas and ticks is related to the spread of disease. It is largely believed that fleas were one of the foremost causes of the Black Plague, a horrible disease that killed over 1/3 of the entire planets’ population. In contrast, the arachnid species such as ticks, have the ability to spread serious strains of illness that can affect a host for months. Some of the worst of these illnesses include:
- Lyme Disease
- B. miyamotoi disease (a form of relapsing fever)
- Heartland virus
- Bourbon virus
- Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI)
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
- Colorado tick fever
Both fleas and ticks infiltrate a home using humans or their pets as a vehicle. Fleas leap onto passing pets from overgrown patches of the yard. Ticks wave their arms and legs in a ‘questing’ pattern in order to lock onto unsuspecting human prey. In either case, the maintenance of your lawn is a serious contributor to flea and tick activity. Try these deterrent methods:
- Deter wildlife hosts such as deer, rodents, and raccoons by keeping the lawn as well maintained as possible. Trim grass low, prune bushes away from the sides of the house, and generally manage plant growth near the foundations of the home.
- Treat your pets with flea and tick combination treatments. Speak with a local veterinarian about possible treatment options for your pet.
- When traveling into flea or tick infested areas, wear long sleeved clothing and tuck your pants into your socks. This will keep you from picking up fleas and ticks while out and about.
- Most importantly, invest in ongoing professional assistance with a local pest control expert who’s got your back. Get a no-obligation home inspection from Bill Clark Pest Control now.
Bite Back With Bill Clark Pest Control
The best and only way to ensure that fleas and ticks are removed from the lawn is to invest in professional control services that monitor your lawn with treatments, inspections, and follow up visits. Contact the expert crew at Bill Clark Pest Control to learn more about flea and tick control options in Conroe today.
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