Fleas and ticks are two pests that you probably don't associate with one another, and there are some key differences between them. However, there are many similarities in how they invade properties and the issues they cause. Many people also assume that fleas and ticks aren’t a pest problem they’ll encounter, but the truth is that any property is at risk of an infestation. Since both fleas and ticks can be dangerous, the best way to protect your home and yard is with assistance from Albany pest control experts.
The Ways Fleas And Ticks Are Similar
When it comes to appearance, fleas and ticks are different. Fleas are tiny pests around the size of a lentil and are a reddish-brown color. They have long body shapes. On the other hand, ticks are slightly bigger and have rounder bodies. They will also appear more bulbous after they've eaten, and they come in a variety of neutral patterns and colors.
However, despite the difference in appearance, both fleas and ticks are parasites. This means they have to feed on the blood of mammals to survive. The main difference is that ticks can live on both people and animals while fleas only live on the fur of animals. But, while fleas don’t live on people, they can still bite us. Both of these parasitic pests can cause health problems for you and your pets, so knowing how to protect yourself through flea control and tick control is vital.
How Fleas And Ticks Are Similarly Dangerous
You might be more familiar with the dangers of ticks, especially if you spend time on outdoor recreation. Ticks wait on plants for a host animal to walk by, and then they embed their heads into the skin while they slowly feed. Once they are satisfied feeding, they drop off the host. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among many others. They can also spread illnesses to your pets.
Fleas are understated because most people don’t expect an infestation, but fleas are a relatively common pest. The other misconception about fleas is that they only invade properties with pets; however, fleas can also be carried into a yard on the bodies of wildlife and rodents. Fleas can live on carpets and other items in your home, even if you don't have a pet. These parasitic pests can spread murine typhus and even the bubonic plague.
Natural Ways To Reduce Flea And Tick Populations Around Your Yard
The most effective way to get both flea and tick control is with assistance from our professionals at Kanga Pest Control. But, you can also prevent fleas and ticks by removing factors that attract them. Here is what you should do:
- Focus on general pest control for rodents and wildlife that carry fleas.
- Make sure to clean up debris around the yard, such as leaf piles, and put lids on trash cans.
- Work with a veterinarian to keep your pets protected.
- Vacuum and clean floors often to remove fleas.
- Reduce moisture around the yard by removing standing water.
If you need more help preventing ticks and fleas, our pest control professionals at Kanga Pest Control can assist you.
The Most Effective Flea And Tick Control For Your Yard
To have effective flea and tick control for your Albany yard, you will need to address any underlying pest issues. Our pest control team at Kanga Pest Control offers ongoing plans to deter wildlife and rodents, and we can also assist with existing flea or tick infestations. Get started by calling us today!