Flea and Tick Control
Warm to high temperatures are ideal for flea reproduction and development. Flea control is therefore more difficult in warmer climates, where their entire reproductive cycle may be completed within two weeks.
Upon hatching, flea larvae remain hidden within crevices and beneath carpeting. Vacuuming is sometimes successful in ridding the home of a portion of these eggs and larvae. Contact your local pest management professional for further assistance.
Flea-infested pets can be washed with specially formulated soaps and fluids. Some of these soaps do contain pesticides. They should be used only on the recommendation of a veterinarian, as incorrect application can prove harmful to human and pet health.
Ticks also seek safety in hidden locations within homes. Repairing any crevices or gaps and keeping grass cut short outside may discourage infestations. The disposal of all empty bird and rodent nesting materials is also necessary, as ticks will readily infest these items. Treatment for ticks is not the same as for fleas. If you suspect a tick infestation, call your local pest management professional.
Ticks found on pets or people require cautious and thorough removal. Ticks should be grasped behind the head by tweezers and pulled slowly away from the host’s skin. Crushing the tick may lead to the release of further dangerous fluids. It is important that the mouthparts be completely removed from the wound, as well. Infected areas should be thoroughly washed and disinfected. If there are medical concerns resulting from a tick or flea bite, seek medical attention immediately.