Blood-sucking fleas and ticks pose potential harm to your family and pets. Besides having an irritating bite, they also spread diseases. Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are just a few tick-borne diseases.
A single flea can lay up to 500 eggs in a matter of months, while a female tick can lay up to 3,000 eggs. They can survive weeks and even months without food just waiting for a host. Controlling fleas and ticks in and around your home can be achieved by following these recommendations.
First, if your pet has fleas and ticks, consulting a veterinarian should be your first step. They can recommend the proper treatment needed for your pet.
Secondly, controlling the fleas and ticks inside your home can be done by vacuuming your carpets several times, and washing dog bedding with hot water.
Finally, treatments outside your home should also be done.
Control fleas and ticks in your lawn with these simple tips.
- Mow it right: Both of these insects hide in longer grass. Mowing your lawn at the proper height reduces flea and tick hang-outs.
- Avoid overwatering: Fleas and ticks prefer moist environments. An overwatered or poorly draining lawn can extend an invitation to these insects. Ensure you’re watering your lawn properly. If you have a drainage issue, aerating may help. For moist, shady areas on your property, follow the tips below to limit the attraction for fleas and ticks.
- Keep it clean: Neatness counts when it comes to eliminating habitats for fleas and ticks to hide and lay eggs. Remove yard debris, such as piles of lumber, bricks and stones. Keep shrubs pruned and bed area cleared.
- Check pet hang-outs: Flea and tick larvae remain within 50 feet of your pet’s favorite resting areas. Clean and treat around any cool, shady spots your pet favors, such as spaces under decks or porches, beneath low-hanging shrubs or along fence lines. Don’t forget to treat dog runs and kennels too.
- Protect your home: Establish a barrier around your home with a perimeter pesticide treatment. This treatment can prevent fleas and ticks from migrating into your home, although they can still hitch a ride on you or your pet.
- Let the sun shine: Both fleas and ticks like shady, moist areas. Prune trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight to enter your landscape.
Grass Roots Lawn & Landscape, Inc. offers a one-time Flea and Tick Treatment or an Annual Perimeter Pest Control Program. Our one-time Flea and Tick Treatment treats your lawn, where fleas and ticks hide, along with a perimeter spray around your home. Our Perimeter Pest Control Program involves routine pest inspections along with an insecticide barrier around the exterior of your foundation. We place four bait/monitoring stations around the perimeter of your home and spray the entire perimeter, including around all entry points where insects could enter the home. We also treat fire ant mounds and place bait around your landscape to greatly reduce the number of fire ants on your property. Monthly (12 applications) and Bi-monthly (6 applications) service plans are available.
Call Grass Roots Lawn & Landscape, Inc. (850)897-3073 Niceville (850)832-4212 Panama City Beach and ask about our Flea and Tick Treatment or Perimeter Pest Control Program.