Ticks And Fleas: What To Know And When To Worry
Tick and flea season can mean a lot of things for you. It can mean worrying about your kids, your pets, or just your own health. Not to mention how annoying these pests are. As the seasons change and the air gets warmer, ticks and fleas start to get more active.
Do you worry about this time of year? Well, we're here to show you what you need to know about tick and flea season and when you should worry about the dangers associated with them.
When Is Tick & Flea Season?
In the winter, ticks and fleas enter a sort of hibernation. Their activity lessens and are tough to find. Some regions of the country might have year-round ticks and fleas, but if you do have winters that drop below 50 degrees, you may have seasonal ticks and fleas.
Ticks and fleas are most active during warm, wet weather. In the Southeastern region, this season is usually from March to December.
The Dangers Of These Pests
Many people associate the dangers of ticks and fleas with dogs and other animals. But humans can also be a source of food for these pests. Even though humans aren't their preferred meal, when they latch unto you they can create significant health problems. Ticks are known to expose humans to Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and alpha-gal syndrome. Fleas can be vectors of disease and carry parasites.
These pests also leave nasty, irritating bites. Without the proper treatment, these bites can get infected. If you do have bites and are experiencing swelling, redness, itching, or other symptoms, contact your doctor.
Without professional intervention, fleas can be almost impossible to handle. But the best way to prevent flea infestation starts with your pets. Use veterinarian-approved flea medication that will kill fleas as soon as they come in contact with your pet. You can also use flea shampoo.
Fleas don't tend to gravitate toward humans for hosts. However, if you spot fleas, contact a professional pest control company like TLC Pest Protection.
Protection From Ticks
Ticks tend to be found in wooded areas or in tall, thick grass. If you spend lots of time outdoors, you need to take preventative measures against ticks. There are many insect repellants on the market that are effective against when applied correctly. Wearing form-fitting clothing can also be useful, as ticks hide in the folds of loose clothing. Don't forget to protect your pet with tick medication and shampoo.
Call In The Pros
TLC Pest Protection offers a great variety of extermination services that help you protect your home, your health, and your family from the dangers and irritation of pests. We can help you get rid of fleas, ticks, and more with just a call. So contact us today to learn more about how you can schedule a service for your home or business.