Frequently Asked Questions About Fleas & Ticks
What are fleas & ticks?
Fleas and ticks are parasitic pests that many individuals encounter when they have pets, but these pests can invade your property regardless of whether or not you have pets. Both ticks and fleas feed on the blood of humans and animals, and they have specialized mouthparts that allow them to pierce the skin of their hosts.
The most common type of flea encountered by residents of Cookeville and Crossville, TN, is the cat flea, and frequently encountered types of ticks in our areas include the American dog tick, the black-legged tick (also called the deer tick), the lone star tick, and the brown dog tick.
Ticks vary in color and size depending on the species, and fleas are often small and dark brown or brownish-red.
Are fleas & ticks dangerous?
Fleas and ticks are considered dangerous pests due to the problems that flea and tick bites bring. Both of these pests are known for transmitting diseases through their bites; ticks can transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among other illnesses, while fleas are known to transmit tapeworms, heartworms to animals, and diseases such as tungiasis, tularemia, and murine typhus.
Tick and flea bites may also cause skin irritation and inflammation, and animals may suffer from anemia and lethargy if a tick or flea infestation is left untreated.
Why do I have a flea & tick problem?
Both of these parasitic pests will find their way to your property if it proves hospitable; plenty of access to hosts to feed from, moisture, and hiding places encourage infestation. Fleas and ticks typically attach themselves to clothing, people, pets, or other pests, such as rodents, and find their way to outdoor or indoor areas of your property.
Where will I find fleas & ticks?
Ticks and fleas love overgrown areas, and they will often be found in tall grasses, bushes, tree lines, and piles of debris. These areas allow them to hide and easily climb or jump onto a human or animal as it passes by. Once inside your property, you may find fleas and ticks hiding in cluttered or fabric-covered areas or attached to your skin or the skin of your pets.
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How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?
Flea and tick prevention steps are necessary to support our pest control tactics and ensure your property doesn’t fall victim to reinfestation by these pests.
Keep fleas and ticks at bay with the following methods:
- Apply veterinarian-approved flea and tick prevention medication to pets on your property as needed.
- Regularly check pets for fleas and ticks before they enter interior areas, especially after spending time in forested areas or with other animals.
- Keep outdoor areas clean and decluttered, removing piles of debris, long grasses, and overgrown foliage.
- Eliminate other pests from your property with the help of Midstate Termite & Pest Control to stop them from introducing flea and tick infestations.
Reach out to Midstate Termite & Pest Control today for more flea and tick control advice in the Crossville & Cookeville, TN area.