Flea and Tick Control
Most people believe that fleas and ticks enter their homes on the backs and legs of their pets, but in actuality these parasitic creatures can also come inside by attaching themselves to you, your family and your visitors. Your pets can be the main carriers also be carriers of fleas and ticks into your home if their flea and tick collars are old and ineffective. Although you can be proactive with flea and tick prevention on your pets, these pests can still find their way into your home, where you’re ultimately going to need a professional flea and tick control treatment done in order to rid your house or business from them.
Although flea bites can be irritating and cause rashes from constant scratching, there are instances where they can cause allergic reactions to those that have skin sensitivities. Fleas can carry tapeworms and be dangerous to your pets. Tick bites on the other hand can be extremely dangerous to your family if not detected quickly and removed before they can transmit diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Lyme disease. If you find a tick, you need to remove it carefully with tweezers pulling straight back to make sure you completely remove the tick.
Treating your pets for fleas or ticks will not be enough once you have an infestation in your home. Flea powders and other at home remedies may not completely eliminate the problem and the treatment time may make it difficult to go about your daily routine. Instead you should call the experts at EcoTek who can inspect your home and offer a solution that will take care of the problem without the hassle of doing it yourself.
There is also the option of treating your yard for fleas and ticks which can reduce the chance of your pets bringing the insects into your home again. This treatment will allow you and your family to enjoy the outdoors with your pets again. Contact the flea and tick control professionals at EcoTek if you want to learn more about this option and how it will help you.
There are many times when people will feel something bite them in their home and will automatically assume they have a flea infestation, when it might be that they have bed bugs. Although both of these insects are very small parasitic creatures that feed on blood, understanding the difference is important so that when it comes time to eliminate them, you’ll know whether you’re going to need to have a flea control treatment done, or have a bed bug control treatment since how both of these insects are eliminated are completely different. The best way to determine which insect is biting you is to call EcoTek for a free pest control inspection by one of our experts, who will also provide the costs and treatment plans for the type of infestation you’re dealing with.
Here are some important facts about fleas in North Carolina:
- A single flea can bite you or your pet hundreds of times a day
- A female flea consumes 15 times her body weight in blood
- A fleas life span is two to three months
- Fleas have been with us for millions of years
Ticks are more commonly a problem for dogs rather than cats, but do not depend on this generality. Check your pets when they come in, especially during spring time when ticks are more active. A tick will appear as a small dot on your pet’s skin, and will look almost like a growth if it has been feeding for some time. Remove the tick carefully, but not with your bare hands; use tweezers.
Ticks can pose a threat to your health because they can infect their hosts with serious diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The easiest place for your pet to pick up a tick is as it moves through grass. Once a tick has fed it will drop off and look for somewhere for shelter and to establish an infestation. Unless you are vigilant, this could be your home. Call EcoTek if you want to get rid of your fleas and ticks.
You should think about setting up a regular routine where you check your cat and dog for fleas and ticks. Be sure to check them around the armpits, the base of the tail, and the groin. If your pet is scratching excessively, has skin damage or little black dirt granules in their fur you may need to seriously consider flea and tick pest control. Also, if you have noticed any bites on yourself, especially the ankles, there may be fleas in your carpets and you should definitely call EcoTek to help implement proper flea and tick pest control.
Protect your home today by contacting EcoTek and we can make sure that your home is the sanctuary that you deserve! We are locally owned and operated, so you know you will get the personalized support that you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are signs of a tick bite?
Generally, you will find the tick on you or your animal. However, you may not find the tick before it detaches. The distinctive bull’s eye rash is one sign of a tick bite. Rocky Mountain spotted fever has a distinct spotted rash on your wrists and ankles. If you have either one of these rashes, you will need to see medical attention.
What should I do prior to a tick treatment?
You will need to vacuum your home and clear it of clutter so that the tick treatment is effective. When you schedule an appointment, you will receive a complete list of what you need to do. The treatments are similar as for fleas and so is the preparation process.
How can I prevent a flea infestation?
The best way to prevent fleas is to treat your pets for fleas regularly. There are several different options available including oils that you apply to their back or oral medications. You should talk to your vet about which option is the best for your pet.
What steps do I need to take before getting a flea or tick control treatment?
There is a list of things that you will need to complete before a flea treatment. When you schedule an appointment, we will give you the list. Some of the steps are thoroughly vacuuming your home, cleaning up clutter and washing bedding and other items as needed.
Are fleas dangerous to humans?
Fleas can cause extreme itchiness in humans. Some fleas do carry diseases that can affect humans. They can carry typhus, the plague and even amputation. If you feel ill after a flea infestation, you should seek medical attention. It is not common for these complications to happen, but it is possible.
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