Fleas & Ticks – Not Just Dangerous For Your Pets!
They may be tiny, but fleas and ticks can be dangerous pests if they are brought into the home by its residents or pets. These two insects are both parasitic, meaning they feed on the blood of their hosts to survive. Ticks in particular pose an immense risk in that they can pass blood-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, to their hosts. Cats and dogs are most commonly affected by fleas and ticks, but are they dangerous to people, too? Yes! Ticks in particular will transmit diseases they carry to people. For this reason, it’s crucial to learn how to protect your family and pets from these parasitic pests.
Diseases from Fleas
Fleas are commonly introduced in homes when rats or mice make their way indoors. While rare, fleas can move on to a human host inside the home. These tiny, reddish brown insects can cause itchy bites and, in serious cases, allergic reactions. Fleas have been linked back to typhus, plague, cat scratch disease, and tapeworms. All of these can seriously threaten the health of you, your family, and your pets.
Diseases from Ticks
A tick infestation is often caused when they’ve infested a rodent, raccoon, or another animal near the home. Certain ticks, such as the brown dog tick, does well living indoors and can infect people. Many species of ticks transmit a number of viruses or infections. The most common of these is Lyme disease which, if left untreated, can cause damage to the heart and nervous system. Other diseases associated with ticks include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMDF), Ehrlichiosis, and Tularemia.
How to Prevent Parasitic Insects
In addition to getting any pets treated for fleas regularly, it’s important to make sure you implement preventative measures outside the home to keep fleas and ticks away. Regularly check your pets for both, especially when you’ve taken them out for a walk or hike. Because fleas and ticks are also commonly found on wild animals, it’s essential to limit the chances of rodents or wildlife getting near the home:
- Take care of your landscape by avoiding piles of debris, mowing the lawn, and trimming back trees and foliage.
- Keep garbage cans securely stored with a tight-fitting lid.
- Don’t leave pet food—or any other food for that matter—outside.
- Fleas cannot survive in direct sunlight, so keeping your home and yard sunny may be a natural deterrent.
- Seal holes and any areas of entry into the home to detract rodents from getting inside.
The Dangers of Flea and Ticks
Because fleas and ticks can pass on diseases to you and your pets, it’s crucial to be very adamant about preventing them. For help with tick or flea problems in your Louisiana home, the residential pest control experts at Presto-X are here to help.
Fleas & Ticks – Not Just Dangerous For Your Pets! In Louisiana & Mississippi
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