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Flea & Tick Identification

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are biting pests, and both will feed on the blood of people and animals. In Florida, and across the country, the most common type of flea we run into is the cat flea. In our area, one of the most common types of ticks we run into is the American dog tick. Despite their descriptive names, cat fleas and American dog ticks feed on various hosts, including dogs, cats, deer, foxes, mice, squirrels, rats, and many other wild animals.

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Warm weather and plenty of moisture allow these pests to thrive, making Florida an ideal place to host large populations of fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks are commonly associated with people who own pets, but an infestation of ticks or fleas can happen in any yard, or home, whether pets are present or not.

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks pose some dangers to both people and animals. Many people and animals are allergic to flea saliva and develop itchy rashes after bitten. Fleas can also spread parasitic tapeworms to people, pets, and wild animals.

American dog ticks spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia. Due to the many hosts that ticks feed on, they are well-known for easily spreading diseases to both people and animals.

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks can become a problem on our Florida properties in many different ways:

  • Wild animals and wandering neighborhood pets can introduce fleas and ticks onto any property they travel across.
  • You or your pets may also introduce these pests into your home after coming into contact with them while spending time in wooded or grassy areas.
  • Fleas and ticks move into homes on the backs of rodents that may invade your home to nest or forage for food. Fleas are also known to move into homes and other structures by hitchhiking in on used furniture or rugs.
  • American dog ticks can move inside on potted plants because the females like to lay their eggs in the soil of potted plants.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

American Dog ticks live predominantly outside in areas with little or no tree cover, like grassy fields and yards. They also hang out along walkways and trails. American dog ticks cannot breed indoors and aren’t a significant threat inside our Florida homes.

Fleas are a threat inside both inside our yards and homes. Fleas living in our homes often hide in rugs, upholstered furniture, bedding, between cracks in floors, and behind baseboards. Outside, fleas hide under piles of leaves, shrubs woodpiles, mulch, or brush piles.

Both fleas and ticks spend most of their lives on the backs of wild animal hosts. Ticks will attach themselves to and feed on any person or animal that brushes past them. While the flea’s preferred hosts are animals, in the case of a large infestation or if we are all that is available they will feed on our blood.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

ith over 21 years of combined experience, you can trust Rodent Solutions to control fleas and ticks in your yard. We understand how frustrating fleas and ticks can be and will quickly come to your aid to provide the services needed to control these biting pests. Because of our dedication to pest control, our technicians work closely with our customers to solve their pest problems.

To learn more about our flea and tick control solutions, give the Florida pest control at Rodent Solutions experts a call.

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

Fleas, ticks, and other pests are problematic in Florida throughout much of the year. The following prevention tips will help you guard your home against fleas and ticks:

  • Cut back overgrown areas of vegetation away from your property line.
  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short.
  • Remove brush piles from your property.
  • Place a fence around your yard to keep stray pets out of your yard and keep your pets from wandering and coming into contact with fleas and ticks.
  • Remove bird feeders and keep lids on trash cans to stop rodents and other wild animals from coming onto your property.
  • Regularly vacuum rugs and upholstered furniture to remove stray fleas from your house.
  • Routinely inspect your pets for fleas and ticks.
  • Place your pets on a year-round flea and tick control program.

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