FLEAS & TICKS HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
Their small body size and extreme viciousness can be quite alarming at times, especially when they can hide in plain site. Hearing the sudden whimper of your dog or getting a sharp pain out of nowhere on your ankle can be a good sign your house is infested with fleas and ticks.
You’ve tried the flea collars, shampoo, sprays, everything you can find. But those never seem to work in the long run. It’s time for a solution that is proven to last and keep your home protected all year long.
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How Do I Know If My Pet Has Fleas or Ticks?
With severe infestations, it can be fairly easy to spot fleas literally jumping around and out of your pets coat. In less obvious situations, you may see your cat or dog acting more restless, shaking their heads, scratching, clawing, and biting more than usual, sometimes even to the point of losing fur in particular areas.
Pay special attention to over-scratching or biting of the ears, armpits, and groin areas as these are often the most common areas for fleas to congregate in both cats and dogs.
Carefully inspect your pet’s skin to look for fleas. Look for tiny, dark insects that are smaller than ants. Part your dog’s fur with your fingers to expose the skin. If fleas are present, you may notice the following signs:
- Excessive scratching, itching, biting, licking
- Abnormal red patches of skin
- Small bumps around body or neck area
- Loss of hair: Primarily over the lower back, tail and rear-leg region
- Flea Bites
- Skin Infections
- Scabs on the skin
- Yeast and bacterial infections
iDENTIFY FLEAS & TICKS NEAR YOU
Usually the size of a sesame seed or smaller, these dangerous little blood-suckers are notorious for being capable of carrying Lyme’s disease and a myriad of other illnesses to humans.
Generally seen with a red-orange body and black shield, the Deer Tick can be usually found in natural plant areas like grass, plants, and logs. They are most active during the spring area and die off around late fall.
If bitten, they will try to feed off of you for up to five days, spreading diseases more and more each day its attached. With a lifespan of up to 2 years, these pests are best taken care of professionally.
Sometimes it is a mild itch while others it can be a jolting shock of pain, the Cat flea is the most common species of flea to find on modern day house pets and can be originated and found on outdoor creates like skunks, opossums, foxes, and racoons.
Similar to other ticks and fleas, cat fleas can carry harmful diseases to humans and pets such as typhus, plague, and the “cat-scratching disease”. a severe skin itching and rash to break out.
Did you know fleas can jump as high as 8″ vertically, which is 150 times their own height!
Known to be about 2x the size of deer ticks with a reddish-brown shield over its body, this type of parasite can spread diseases to humans if not taken care of properly. Most of them will have a more narrow shape compared to a Deer tick and will be covered by a grooved white shield.
Walkways, trails, dog begs, pet kennels, and other commonly walked areas are popular home grounds for the Dog Tick and thrive from April all the way through August.
Bites from the Dog Tick are known to cause sometimes fatal health conditions like the Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Tularemia, Lyme’s disease and tick paralysis. While most common in Europe, the Dog flea has been known to show up in American homes many times.
Will Fleas Bite Humans?
Fleas are just as happy to bite humans as they are other animals. And if they happen to be successful, harmful diseases such as Lyme’s diseases can be serious issues for those affected and sometimes cause fatal and life-threatening health conditions if the bacteria reaches a person’s heart. Common symptoms of regular Lyme’s disease however, usually result in a fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans.
If you have flea bites, you might see a small cluster of little red bites or a series of itchy bites in a line. They’re typically near the legs or ankles, but they may also show up in armpits, your waist, and other areas.
How to Check Your Pet for Ticks
It is a good idea to check your pet for ticks every week or so, especially after they spend time outdoors. Run your fingers through your pet’s fur with gentle pressure to feel for any small bumps.
It’s best to look for ticks in and around the ears, eyelids, under the collar, under the front legs, between the back legs, between the toes, and around the tail. Be sure NOT to immediately attempt to grab the flea/tick with your fingers or tweezers when finding it. They have they ability to burrow in your pet’s skin, causing significantly more pain.
How to Remove a Tick on your pets
The CDC has released professional instructions on how to safely and properly remove a tick from your pet. We have provided the procedures below to check out for yourself. However, it is highly recommended to visit the CDC Tick Removal page for more in-depth and illustrated information on how to prevent any possible injuries or accidents.
The key is not to panic and remove the tick as quickly as possible. While there are a number of tick removal devices available on the market, a pair of fine-tipped tweezers works very well. Use the tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.
- Visit a local veterinary clinic for guaranteed and safe removal
- Try a flea collar (Note: Many users of this it’s a hit or miss on working)
- Wash your pet with flea/tick shampoo
- Best Option: Contact a pest control industry professional like Priority Pest & Mosquito for real results
If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.
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