Fleas & Ticks

What are fleas and ticks?

Fleas are a type of wingless insect with large back legs they use to jump, and ticks are a type of eight-legged arachnid that can't jump, but both feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals as their sole source of nutrition. To feed, they bite an animal or human food source and insert their specialized mouthparts into the skin. Warm weather and plenty of moisture allow both of these pests to thrive, making Florida and Alabama fitting places for fleas and ticks to live.

a flea jumping in pet hair

Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

After feeding, both fleas and ticks leave behind red, swollen, itchy skin on their hosts. To feed, they cut through the skin, causing a small opening that can potentially become infected. Dangers fleas pose during the feeding process include skin issues like flea allergy dermatitis. Many people and animals are allergic to their saliva. Fleas also carry and transmit tapeworms to animals and people.

Ticks are less known for causing major skin problems but are more well-known for transmitting diseases. As ticks feed, they pass on pathogens and bacteria that cause diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia.

Why do I have a flea or tick problem?

People can come into contact with fleas and ticks in a variety of outdoor spaces, including their yards, campgrounds, parks, wooded trails, and athletic fields. These pests are associated with pet owners; a pet's fur provides the perfect place for ticks and fleas to hide in and be near a food source.

Fleas and ticks are also a threat to people that don't have pets. In addition to pets, other favorite food sources include the blood of deer, raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, and other wild animals. As wild animals move across your yard, they will leave behind fleas and ticks. After they crawl or jump onto you or your clothing, you can accidentally introduce them into your yard.

Fleas also move into homes and other structures on used furniture or rugs, or on the backs of mice or other critters that have found a way into your home.

Where will I find fleas and ticks?

Adult fleas often find an animal host to feed and breed on for their entire life, which is about three months. After the female lays its eggs, the eggs will roll off the host's back and onto the ground and develop into new biting fleas. People are not a flea's preferred host, but in the case of a large infestation or if we are all that is available, they will bite us and feed on our blood.

Ticks differ from fleas because they feed on multiple hosts. They find a new host to feed on at each new life stage, feeding for up to two weeks. Ticks have a much longer lifespan than fleas; depending on environmental conditions, they can live for two to three years.

Ticks are usually not a problem inside our homes as most cannot complete their life cycle indoors. Fleas, on the other hand, can live their entire life indoors. Fleas hide throughout a home in rugs, upholstered furniture, bedding, and in the cracks of floors.

How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

Protect yourself, kids, pets, and property from fleas and ticks with services from the pest control experts at EnSec. Fleas and ticks can be challenging to control, but we make the process easy. We work closely with our customers to meet their specific pest control needs. Our professionals will put the treatment and prevention measures into place needed to keep fleas and ticks away from you and your family. For more information about our comprehensive flea and tick control solutions, reach out to us today and speak with one of our helpful professionals.

How can I prevent fleas and ticks in the future?

Take steps to help prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem on your Florida or Alabama property using our prevention tips. Some of the easiest things you can do to guard your property against fleas and ticks are listed below:

  • If you own pets, make sure to regularly groom and bathe them. Place them on year-round flea and tick preventative under the guidance of their veterinarian.
  • Maintain your yard and landscaping; overgrown vegetation provides the moisture and shade fleas, and ticks like to hide in.
  • Clear out leaves and yard debris to provide them with fewer hiding spots.
  • Keep rodents and other carriers of fleas and ticks out of your yard. Take away food sources by removing bird feeders and keeping lids on trash cans.
  • Seal up holes in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your house that allow wild animals to move inside.
  • Regularly vacuum floors and upholstered furniture in your home.
  • Wash your family's bedding and pet bedding on a routine basis.

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