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Souderton Homeowners' Secret To Effective Flea & Tick Control 

May 5, 2021

 

Although fleas and ticks are very different pests, they are often grouped together because of how they infest and cause similar problems. Cat fleas are the most common flea species found in the Souderton, Pennsylvania area. Fleas are small, under 1/4th an inch long, and wingless. Like ticks, fleas feed on blood and change from dark brown to reddish-brown after a blood meal.

Ticks are similar to flees in that they feed on blood and will appear reddish after a meal. They are slightly bigger than fleas and can vary in color. Several ticks are common in Pennsylvania: American dog ticks, lone star ticks, black-legged ticks, and groundhog ticks.

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Problems Caused By Fleas & Ticks

Both fleas and ticks are known to transmit diseases by biting hosts. These bites are also subject to irritated skin and intense itching. Fleas and known to transmit diseases such as plague and murine typhus. Ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. However, these are only the most common diseases transmitted by fleas and ticks. Other diseases include:

  • Tungiasis

  • Tularemia

  • Anaplasmosis

  • Babesiosis

  • Borrelia miyamotoi

  • Ehrlichiosis

  • Powassan disease

Fleas and ticks are also known to pose serious health threats to pets. Fleas can infect cats and dogs with tapeworm if these animals are not adequately protected. Pets are also subjected to irritation from bites and infection, rashes, and psychological issues cause by constant itching.

Flea & Tick Control

There are precautions you can take to lower flea and tick populations around your yard. Fleas need moisture and shade. To make your yard less desirable, you should:

  • Keep grass short

  • Trim Shrubs

  • Get rid of leaves, grass clippings, and other debris such as old furniture

One of the most common ways fleas and ticks get into yards is by hitching rides on animals such as deer and rodents. Although you may not be able to keep wildlife out of your yard, there are precautions you can take to discourage them from entering:

  • Fencing can make it more difficult for critters like deer to enter your yard. Fencing can also help keep your pets from uncontrolled areas.

  • Reduce hiding places for rodents, areas such as woodpiles and leaf piles. You should keep your wood stacked neatly in a dry and secure location. 

  • Keep your garbage secure and clean out containers frequently.

  • Pant herbs like mint and Russian sage to deter deer and avoid the plants they like—deer are attracted to plants such as evergreen azaleas and tulips.

If your property backs up to woods, you can create barriers to keep ticks from traveling to your lawn.

Barriers between your lawn and the woods should be three feet wide and made up of gravel or rocks.

Even if you keep up with your yard to reduce ticks and fleas, you still need to be mindful when you are out. 

  • Always wear proper clothing such as pants and tall socks when hiking or doing other activities in the woods or grass areas.

  • Wear insect repellant. 

  • Don't touch or interact with wildlife.

  • Make sure you inspect yourself and your pets after being outside. 

  • Talk with your vet about flea and tick preventatives for your pet. 

Professional Assistance

If you are still concerned with fleas and ticks, consider on-going professional assistance. If you are in the Souderton, Pennsylvania area, contact Moyer Pest Control for advice and assistance. We offer many services, including lawn, tree, and shrub care that can help reduce flea and tick populations on your property.

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