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New Castle's Complete Guide To Flea & Tick Control

July 24, 2020

 

There are lots of insects and creatures that get mentioned in the same breath because of their similarities. For instance, roaches and rats are grouped together because they start with the letter “R” and harbor harmful germs. They also reproduce at a fast rate and are a nightmare to exterminate. Bees and wasps are verbally packaged because they sting people and eat nectar. Fleas and ticks are partnered too.

The main thing fleas and ticks in New Castle have in common is that they’re super tiny, but make big problems for animals, domestic pets, and human beings. Preventing and eliminating them is extremely important. It can literally be the difference between life and death. Learn how to ward these insects off, and how Moyer Pest Control can lend a hand.

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Fleas & Ticks: Appearance, Behavior, & Risk Factors

Despite their parallels, there are some differences in how fleas and ticks operate and look. Fleas max in size at 3/32 of an inch long. Their shiny, compressed bodies are reddish-brown and wingless. Though they don’t fly, they sure can hop long distances. When your pet is outdoors, fleas will hitch a ride in their fur and come inside your property. They’ll inhabit your pet’s hair and anyplace the animal resides. If a pet is no longer available to a flea, it will move on to the nearest human or creature. Examples include wild critters, rodents, and squirrels. They have to feed on blood to survive. Flea bites can lead to allergic reactions, skin inflammation, and the spread of diseases, like typhus. Key infestation signs are:

  • Noticing that your pet is persistently scratching

  • Finding bites all over your body that are itchy

  • Spotting peppery fecal waste in animal beds and rugs

  • Seeing flea eggs on furniture, carpeting, pet beds, and floor crevices

When ticks are full of blood, they grow to be 3/8 of an inch long. Otherwise, they’re smaller. They come in different colors. Their bodies are outlined by six to eight legs. While fleas jump, ticks latch. They’ll embed themselves into clothes, human skin, and animal fur. That’s how they get indoors. Other creatures, such as rodents, are probably near your property if you see ticks and don’t have a pet. Simply catching them crawling around is a chief sign of infestation. These pests can be deadly, as they bear over 15 diseases and viruses. They’re especially known for carrying Lyme disease, which impacts the nervous system.

The Prevention of Fleas & Ticks

You’re less likely to have a flea and tick issue if you do the following:

  • Trim your lawn and shrubs regularly; fleas and ticks fester in high grass.

  • Lay gravel around the perimeter of your porch.

  • Talk with your pet’s veterinarian about flea and tick treatments.

  • Routinely groom and check your pet’s hair for fleas and ticks.

  • Vacuum often.

  • Wear long pants, boots, and long-sleeved shirts when going in areas populated with fleas and ticks, like hiking trails and farms.

  • Call Moyer Pest Control if you have problems with other critters that fleas and ticks feed on.

Moyer Pest Control Flea & Tick Extermination

You might feel compelled to take on fleas and ticks by yourself, but it could cost you a lot of time, money, and effort. It will all feel like a waste because retail insecticides and independent methods fall short. They don’t get to the root of an infestation. Also, you could inadvertently use a product incorrectly. Misapplication could result in dangerous consequences for you and/or your pets. You can trust us at Moyer Pest Control for all of your flea and tick elimination needs.
 
Our technicians have received licenses from state and local authorities. They have the expertise to properly utilize our environmentally and pet safe products. We’ve been doing this for over 150 years. Everything is going to be alright; just give us a call!

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