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What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas and ticks are small parasites that feed on the blood of people and other mammals. Commonly both enter homes by attaching themselves to pets, and both carry significant health risks. Fleas are high-jumping insects, while ticks are arachnids and can neither jump nor fly, but both fleas and ticks will settle in overgrown grassy areas and wait for a host to happen by. If you or your pet happens to be that host, an infestation could follow.

Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

Fleas and ticks bite, and the primary danger of both species is the diseases they spread through these bites. Fleas are notorious for spreading the bubonic plague, murine typhus, tungiasis, tularemia, bartonellosis, and tapeworm. In contrast, ticks in Arizona can spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Flea bites are itchy and can be more of a nuisance but can lead to secondary infections and hair loss from excess scratching, while tick bites are painless and often go unnoticed until symptoms of illness begin to develop.

Why do I have a flea and tick problem?

As with most pests, fleas and ticks thrive when they have easy access to food and water and a sheltered area to rest. Pets are a primary food source for both parasites and will often bring fleas and ticks into your home. Even if you don’t have pets, wildlife species can bring fleas and ticks to your property, and smaller species like rodents might even bring them into your house.

Where will I find fleas and ticks?

Here is where fleas and ticks differ. Fleas will often live on their host, especially if there is enough thick fur to hide in. You are likely to find them when you are grooming your pets, or you may find individuals that have fallen off onto pet bedding, carpets, or furniture. On the other hand, ticks can take hours to bite but will not remain on the host between meals. They are most often found in tall grass and bushes, waiting for their next host to brush past so they can climb on for a meal. 

How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

Getting rid of fleas and ticks often requires partnering with a professional pest control company and your veterinarian. You’ll want to ensure you get rid of the fleas and ticks on your property, but you’ll also want to prevent new fleas and ticks from invading. At ACTION Termite & Pest Control, we offer one-time, monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly home pest control solutions for fleas, ticks, and other pests. We can provide a tailored plan to meet your pest control needs at a reasonable price. You can trust our experienced and highly reputable experts to get to the bottom of your flea and tick infestation.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks in the future?

Preventing fleas and ticks is integral to keeping your family and pets safe. You can do this by:

  • Keeping pets treated for fleas and ticks year-round.
  • Discouraging wildlife and rodents by keeping food stored in airtight containers, covering trash cans, and eliminating entry points. 
  • Maintaining landscaping to eliminate harborage areas for both fleas and ticks as well as their hosts. 
  • Vacuuming regularly and checking both people and pets for ticks after coming inside.
  • Calling on a professional to help with flea and tick prevention for your property.

ACTION Termite & Pest Control has been Arizona’s pest experts since 1969. If you want to take ACTION against pests like fleas and ticks, give us a call, and we will be happy to safeguard your family, pets, and property from fleas, ticks, and other common pests. Call to schedule your Phoenix pest control inspection today!