Why It’s Important To Take Preventative Measures Against Fleas and Ticks

You may not think of fleas and ticks as something scary, but these parasites are known to cause irritation and infection in humans and animals and can actually spread many types of life threatening diseases! Here are a few reasons from Scout Pest Control on why you should take preventative measures against these parasites and how to go about doing so.

Fleas and ticks are found all over the world. The risk of tick-borne diseases is increasing because of changes in the environment, including a rise in the number of tick species, and the ability of the ticks to adapt to new hosts. There are also more types of flea and tick born illnesses now than in times past. This includes Lyme disease, as well as many others – including one which makes you allergic to red meat! This is caused by what’s called Alpha-gal syndrome and is spread by the lone star tick, which is becoming common in Northern Alabama and the greater Huntsville area. 

Fleas and ticks are highly adaptable parasites that can survive in a variety of environments, and as a result, their presence can be very difficult to eradicate.

The Importance of Preventative Measures

Preventative measures are essential in protecting your dog and cat from fleas and ticks. There are several ways to do this. These include the use of a monthly flea and tick treatments to protect your pet. In addition, pest control services help to keep fleas and ticks out of your yard and can reduce potential exposure to ticks and fleas. If you live anywhere near wildlife or wooded areas, or areas where birds land or nest, you have a higher risk of having flea and tick problems. Since this includes most homes and yards, it’s very important to take preventative measures.

Fleas and ticks are blood-feeding parasites that can transmit disease. In humans, they can cause dermatitis and itchy rashes as well as more serious diseases like Lyme and Alpha-gal syndrome, but also can cause paralysis and even death. In dogs and cats, they can cause irritation, skin and eye disease, and like with humans, even paralysis as well as death.

How Scout Pest Control Can Help

If you are dealing with fleas and ticks inside or around your home, Scout Pest Control can perform a thorough and intense treatment to eliminate these parasites and prevent them from returning. Fleas can be very difficult to eliminate, and multiple treatments may be required depending on the extent of the infestation. Fleas and ticks also reproduce quickly and in large amounts, which is why it’s important to call a professional. Before you even know there is a problem, the fleas and ticks in your home or yard are reproducing on a large scale. 

Flea & Tick Target Areas

If you have pets, there are a few hot-spots in your home that fleas migrate to. These target areas include personal bedding and pet bedding, any area your pet regularly rests such as furniture, carpet or rugs, etc. Bedding should be washed thoroughly with hot water, carpet and rugs should be vacuumed regularly and thoroughly, and it’s important to give your pet flea and tick prevention so they don’t have anything to feed on. 

If you are in need of residential pest control services, Scout Pest Control can help with flea and tick control, mosquito control, rodent control, wasp/bee control, termite control, bed bug treatments and more. We also offer commercial pest control services for businesses such as restaurants, office buildings, schools, and more. Contact us today.