External parasites, fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts that can pierce skin and suck blood.
Fleas are tiny flightless insects, approximately 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long. They feed on blood and are red when they’ve had a blood meal. They have a flat hard body with large back legs used for jumping and they can sometimes jump vertically up to 7 inches high. They can be brought into your home or business on pets or other animals.
Biology and Behavior:
- Fleas go through 4 life cycle stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
- Females lay batches of eggs (usually on their host) and each batch has up to 20 eggs.
- When a flea reaches adulthood, their goal is to seek out a blood meal and reproduce.
- Fleas are a nuisance to their host, causing itching and sometimes allergic reactions that result in rashes.
- You don’t have to have pets to have a flea problem. These can be brought into your home on bats, roof rats, squirrels, raccoons and other wild animals.
- Fleas can be vectors for diseases, spreading viruses, bacteria and ricksettsial diseases to humans and other warm-blooded mammals.
Flea Prevention Tips:
- Change pet bedding regularly and vacuum areas where pets sleep often.
- Vacuum under furniture, cushions, beds and along walls. Once you have vacuumed an area, discard the vacuum cleaner bags at least weekly, as fleas can develop inside and re-infest your home.
- Treat pets with veterinarian approved flea treatments to keep your pet from bringing fleas home in the first place.
- Don not let pets sleep on your bed or furniture.
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- Residential pest control programs that target fleas and household pests
Ticks, including deer ticks (also known as blacklegged ticks) are small arachnids that feed off the blood of mammals, birds and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. They have four pairs of legs and no antennae.
Deer ticks can be found throughout the United States as well as the world. They are typically smaller than ¼ inch long and have a hard brown shield. Their prominent head projects forwards from the body and they use their mouthparts to pierce skin and feed on their victim’s blood.
Biology and Behavior:
- Ticks go through 3 major life stages: larval, nymphal and adult and require a different host in each stage.
- They can satisfy all their nutritional needs on a diet of blood.
- Because they feed on blood of different animals, they are major vectors of disease in humans and other mammals, spreading Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever and many other disease-causing agents.
- Tick species like deer ticks, American dog ticks and brown dog ticks can be found throughout the world but tend to flourish in areas with warm or humid climates.
- A female tick lays up to 3,000 eggs on the ground. When larvae emerge from their eggs, they feed on the blood of small mammals and birds. Once fed, they remove themselves from their host and molt to nymphs on the ground.
- Ticks cannot fly or jump. They must drop off onto their host in order to feed.
Pest Control Tips:
- Cut the grass around your property short to eliminate hiding areas for ticks.
- Cut back wooded areas around your property to give ticks fewer places to hide.
- Remove woodpiles, brush and leaf litter from the exterior of your home.
- Keep garbage in tightly-sealed bins, away from your home.
- Make sure that clotheslines are high enough off the ground so that clothes hanging from the line don’t touch vegetation.
- Eliminate dense plant beds in close proximity to your home.
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- Home pst control