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Flea & Tick Identification & Prevention

What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas and ticks are external parasites that often affect homes with pets but can also be an issue in homes that don't have them. However, fleas and ticks are very different from each other, and it's essential that you know how to distinguish between the two. Anderson, SC pest control is your best choice for identifying and controlling these pests.

Fleas are insects, while ticks are arachnids. Fleas have flat bodies, reddish-brown coloring, and six legs that end in claws. Their legs make them powerful jumpers, but they are wingless and can't fly.

Ticks also have flat bodies but will become swollen after feeding, and their overall appearance will vary depending on the species. They are also wingless and can't fly, but they can't jump either.

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Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks are both dangerous pests due to the diseases they spread to people and animals. Fleas can spread typhus, plague, heartworm, tularemia, and cat-scratch fever. While tick-borne diseases include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and tularemia.

Why do I have a flea and tick problem?

As mentioned above, fleas and ticks often affect homes with pets, which can happen if your pet comes into contact with another animal, wild or domesticated, infested with these pests. However, fleas and ticks can also be an issue in any home because of rodents, wildlife, and birds. These animals can carry fleas and ticks onto your property or inside your home, where they deposit adults and eggs.

Where will I find fleas and ticks?

When fleas and ticks aren't on a host, they can sometimes be found outside in areas of thick foliage and tall grass. However, inside your home, tick and flea infestations can occur just about anywhere that has experienced traffic from infested animals; this includes attics, basements, garages, and living spaces.

How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

If you are worried about fleas and ticks on your property, contact our team of experts at Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc. Our residential pest control services can be the solution to your problems with our monthly flea and tick services.

Get the tick and flea control services you need; call Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc. today!

How can I prevent fleas and ticks in the future?

You can keep fleas and ticks from becoming a problem on your property by using several steps that focus on deterring wildlife, birds, and rodents and protecting your pets. These steps include:

  • Removing food sources that can attract hosts of fleas and ticks, such as bird feeders, fallen fruit, open or easily accessed garbage cans, and gardens without fencing.
  • Removing moisture and water sources by keeping your yard clear of organic debris, repairing leaks, removing bird feeders, and covering ponds and pools.
  • Keeping animals out of your yard by installing or repairing fencing.
  • Checking the exterior of your home from the foundation to the roofline for damage that wildlife, birds, and rodents can use to get inside.
  • Working with your veterinarian to have all your pets, even if they don't go outside, on a preventative to protect them from fleas and ticks.

For assistance with residential or commercial flea and tick prevention, call us at Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc. Don't wait to get the protection you need from these pests!

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