** FLEAS: are external parasites. they are small and wingless, but are great at jumping from host to host. They are dark in color and are approximately 1/16 of an inch.
** TICKS: are also external parasites, small and dark brown in color. They are slower moving than fleas and a little larger or a lot larger once they expand after feeding.
Tips and Facts for Home Control
Fleas and ticks can be an issue all year round although the prime time for infestation is spring and summer. Depending on your region. Both fleas and ticks can hide out in grass, wood fences, carpeting, furnitrure, baseboards- just about anywhere waiting for a host aka dog, cat or any warm blooded animal including humans.
Both parasites lay eggs on their host in thier hair. The eggs can easily roll off into the animals bedding, sofa or your bed depending on where your pet sleeps. The eggs hatch in about two weeks and the cycle of feeding and laying eggs is repeated. In a very short time you can quickly become infested.
Fleas and ticks are present all year, but they are seen more in the spring and summer because thier optimal tempurature to thrive is between 70 – 90 degrees with a moderate humidity. Here in Washington not only do we love our summers because of wonderful weather- it’s the perfect weather for fleas too.
The best prevention for fleas and ticks is diligence. Check your pet over once a day especially after visiting the dog park and after walks. Spot on treatments are a good way to help controll parasites ask you vet about which is right for your pet’s size and age. Also do research on what brand is a good fit for you. You can have a pest control company service your yard and home once a month or for a natural approach ask them about diatamatiouse earth. This product is a powder made from pulverized sea shells. It is non-toxic for humans and animals.
If your pet does have fleas or ticks treating your pet alone is not enough. You must also treat your home and yard to properly eradicate them. Prevention is always the best key to success, but should you find yourself with an infestation hopefully these tips can help alieviate the situation quickly and thoroughly!