Ticks are capable of surviving winter temperatures when they are able to find a host to feed from or a warm location to hide in during the coldest weather months. Generally, adult ticks will still be a threat when temperatures hover around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The flea is a very persistent and resilient pest with a very complicated life cycle. It is even capable of surviving in outdoor temperatures as low as the upper 30’s. If you suspect your yard could be a breeding ground for ticks or fleas, a hands-on inspection is in order. Get on your knees and sift through the grass looking for these tiny critters.
Why is Tick Control So Important?
A primary reason is that ticks are notorious for spreading disease. These facts and statistics show why homeowners should consider getting tick yard treatments: The U.S. is a hot spot for tick-borne diseases. Scientists have detected at least a dozen new diseases transmitted by ticks over the last 50 years. And according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) the number of people affected by Lyme disease has roughly doubled since 1991. One tick bite can cause multiple diseases. It is important to add tick control to your lawn service for a healthy and safe yard to enjoy.
What Are Ticks?
These parasitic pests come in a variety of species, shapes, and sizes. They can be found on tall grass blades, where they wait for a warm-blooded host to pass by for them to latch onto. Once they find their hosts, ticks burrow their heads into their host’s skin as they begin to feed on their blood. Officials say it’s important to take precautions and perform tick checks after being outdoors even as the weather cools. Bacteria causing Lyme Disease are spread by black-legged ticks, which are common around the Greater Cincinnati area.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are insects that have been with us for a very, very long time. They are brownish-black, wingless, and 1/12 to 1/6-inch long. They feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body, including dogs, cats, and humans. Their bites are identified by the itchy red welts they leave. Some people have allergic reactions to flea bites and may develop rashes. As wingless parasitic insects, fleas move around and find their hosts by hopping. Look for fleas in shady areas of your property with tall grass.
Flea and Tick Control Prevents Tick Bites
You might already know that ticks cause Lyme disease. And maybe you’ve heard they can give you rocky Mountain spotted fever, too. But these critters don’t stop there. In fact, they’re second only to mosquitoes in spreading disease to humans. the tiny pest is a parasite and is hungry for your blood. While you will likely not feel a bite, you will find a blood swollen tick on your body if it bites you. It is important to pull the tick out carefully, ensuring the head doesn’t get pull off in the process.
Flea and Tick Control Prevents the Spread of Disease
Ticks are known for spreading Lyme disease. The following are the symptoms of Lyme disease…
- Severe headache or neck stiffness.
- Rashes on other areas of the body.
- Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly in the knees.
- Loss of muscle tone or “drooping” on one or both sides of the face.
- Heart palpitation or an irregular heartbeat.
If left untreated you can end up with life long symptoms of joint pain and neurological concerns. So protect your yard from tick infection for the safety of your family and friends.
Flea and Tick Control Prevents Yours Pets From Tick and Flea Bites
Check your pet for ticks. Start by running your fingers slowly over your pet’s entire body. If you feel a bump or swollen area, check to see if a tick has burrowed there. Don’t limit your search to your pet’s torso… make sure to check between their toes, under their armpits, the insides of their ears, and around their face and chin. Your pets are at risk of Lyme disease also but you will not be able to see the rash as a symptom. You will need to watch the pet to see if he is suffering from lethargy or fever.
Flea and Tick Control Prevents Ticks and Fleas From Coming Inside Your Home
If you have tick and flea control you are less likely to experience the threat of carrying a tick or flea inside your home. The only way a tick or flea will get into your home is if it is carried into your home by a person or a pet. When inside a tick or flea can lay eggs that can cause an infestation in your home. It’s not just the outdoorsy types who get exposed. In fact, most people with Lyme disease got their bite while playing, gardening, or doing yard work right outside their houses. So protect your home with tick control service.
How To Prevent Fleas and Ticks From Thriving in Our Lawn?
Minimize the flea and tick population in your lawn by following these easy steps…
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give fleas & ticks a place to hide.
- Apply nematodes to your lawn to control the pest population. These beneficial worms can be found at any garden supply store.
Once fleas and ticks find their way onto your pet or your body or into your home, you’ve got a problem.
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