With summer here and lots of pent-up energy, we can’t wait to get outside, especially our children and pets. But before you head out and start playing in the yard, make sure you are aware of the hidden dangers that are fleas and ticks.
Where Do Fleas and Ticks Hide?
Fleas and ticks are tiny creatures and hard to see unless you get one on you. The best way to avoid them is to stay away from or be cautious in areas where they live. Fleas and ticks love shady areas of your yard. This can be under trees, hedgerows, and especially under decks and porches where pets like to hide. If you live in the country, ticks are prone to hang out in tall grass or overgrown areas where they wait for deer or unaware humans to pass by.
While ticks prefer the taste of deer and human blood, fleas would much rather attack your pets than you. But once they get on your pet and are brought indoors, they can quickly become a problem. A female flea can lay up to fifty eggs a day for six months. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder an infestation can quickly occur. Once inside, fleas are tough to get rid of and may require professional help.
Dangers From Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks may seem small and harmless, but they can drive your pets crazy and can cause allergic reactions in humans. They can also carry diseases that can affect both pets and owners.
Ticks: Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, which causes rashes, joint pain, chills, fever, and fatigue. They are also known to carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can cause fever, nausea, conjunctivitis, joint pain, and muscle pain.
Fleas: Fleas are known to cause allergies, tapeworm, and Murine Typhus, which fleas contract from infected rats. Symptoms include body aches, fever, and nausea.
Keep Your Yard Safe From Fleas and Ticks
Keep Grass Short
Ticks hide in the tall grass, waiting for unsuspecting deer and other animals to pass by. Consider mowing any tall lawn in your yard, primarily if children and pets frequent it. By cutting tall grass, you eliminate the desirable shady areas of fleas and ticks like forcing them to move out and go somewhere else.
Trim Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs can harbor many insects that can invade your home, including fleas and ticks. When trees are too close to the house, they can use the limbs as bridges to enter your home. That’s why it’s important to keep your trees trimmed and make sure no branches are touching the house.
Block High-Risk Areas
If you have curious pets or adventurous children who like to wander into tall grass or hide under porches, where fleas and ticks dwell, you might consider blocking them.
Call The Flea and Tick Experts
If you suspect your yard is infested with fleas, ticks, or other annoying insects, call the pros at Turf Pro Outdoor Solutions. Our tick and insect control program will make you feel confident enough to roll around in your own grass again.
When you call, we will send out one of our trained flea and tick technicians who will thoroughly inspect your lawn for fleas and ticks. They will then spray a flea and tick fog that will make these insects think twice before stepping onto your property again.