We hope you are sitting down as you read this — winter does not necessarily spell the end of bug season.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. Ticks are also 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. If you suspect your yard could be a breeding ground for fleas and/or ticks, a hands-on inspection is in order. Get on your knees and sift through the grass looking for these tiny critters. Here’s what each pest looks like…
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.
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 tri-state.
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. Contact us today to find out how we can keep you, your family, and your pets safe from fleas and ticks.
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