Stay Safe from Fleas and Ticks This Summer

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Fleas and ticks can create a nuisance in our summer fun and contribute to minor yet annoying health problems. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care specialists since 1977, has compiled a guide to get you schooled up on the threats fleas and ticks pose and, most importantly, how to control these pesky intruders.

Answers To Your Frequently Asked Flea and Tick Control Questions

What exactly is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease can have a combination of symptoms that can all be present or only a few. They are easily mistaken for other conditions making diagnosis challenging if a tick bite is not noticed. These symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain and more.

How is Lyme disease contracted, spread?

Lyme disease is contracted when a deer tick is infected by Lyme disease and bites a human. Lyme disease can also impact household pets.

Where do fleas come from?

In most cases, fleas come from household pets. By keeping up with your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea prevention and treatment, you’ll be more successful in keeping fleas out of your home.

Fleas may begin to thrive in heavily shaded areas of your property, crawl spaces where wildlife and feral strays might sleep or sheltered enclosures such as dog houses. Fleas tend to avoid outdoor areas with foot traffic or lots of sunlight. By clearing away debris, following vet recommendations and applying a flea treatment with the help of your lawn care professional, you can prevent fleas from disrupting your life.

How can I prevent or control ticks at my home?

  • Remove yard debris. Ticks look for dark, moist places to thrive. If your yard has debris laying around, you’ll increase your risk of ticks.
  • Get out and rake the leaves. Leaves are moist places that hold water and can develop into a tick haven. Ticks also like trees, shrubs and leaves.
  • Don’t encourage visits from deer. Where deer are, there is an increased presence of ticks. For good reason, ticks use deer as a source of transportation. If you live in an area where deer are present, avoid planting trees and foliage that attract them (and their passengers) like phlox and marigolds.
  • Check out their favorite hiding spots. Ticks are often looking for places to hide and thrive like along retaining walls, below fences and at the foundation of your home’s structures.
  • Hire a professional to handle the job. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care specialist, can do the heavy lifting for you when it comes to flea and tick control*.

Whenever you spend time outdoors this summer, it is a good idea to do a tick check on your body, your family members’ bodies as well as your pets. Ticks like to hide in hard to spot places like the scalp, behind the knee and in the ear. Fleas are much harder to spot, but the annoying itching typically gives their presence away.

By practicing a few do-it-yourself measures and enlisting the help of the pros at Spring-Green, you can keep your summer healthy by keeping these pests away. The Spring-Green professional flea and tick treatment* can help rid your property of infestations as well as create a barrier that keeps fleas and ticks from thriving.

Contact us for a consultation today. *Not available in all locations.

Ways to Prevent Flea and Tick Problems For Your Pets

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If you have ever had to endure an attack of fleas or ticks on your pet, you will understand the frustration of trying multiple approaches to eliminate this nuisance from your home and yard. Having had to endure an outbreak of fleas on my dog last fall, I have come to understand the futility that comes with trying to control these nasty little insects.

It required three trips to the vet, numerous baths, extensive cleaning and vacuuming, an outdoor insect control application and “bombing” our house twice before the problem ended. It took over two months to clear up the problem.

“How did our dog get fleas?” was the question my wife asked me. It is a very good question, as we have lived in our home almost 30 years and had two other dogs during that time.

Neither of them have ever had a problem with fleas, so why did we have them last fall? Fleas are a part of nature; for better or worse. I suppose they do fill a need as food for some other insects, but they are part of the natural world.

The same is true with ticks, although ticks are considered the vector or source for many diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever and Spotted fever. Fleas are associated with the spread of Murine Typhus in humans and three afflictions that infect dogs and cats like tapeworms and Cat Scratch disease.

What are some ways you can limit the chances that your pet will end up contracting one of these maladies from fleas and/or ticks?

Here are some things to consider with fleas and ticks on pets:

Is your dog or cat an “outside” or “inside” pet?

The more time your pet spends outside, the greater the chance that they may come in contact with fleas, especially if other wildlife frequent your yard. Squirrels, feral cats, raccoons, skunks and even other dogs can be the source of fleas. A flea can jump up to 7 inches vertically and up to 13 inches horizontally, making it a champion jumper among all known animals, relative to body size. In other words, the flea has the ability to jump from the lawn and land on to your pet. It all starts with just one flea to start the egg-laying process.

Does your dog go to a dog park or dog care center?

Again, if your dog spends a good deal of time with other dogs, there is a better chance that he/she may get fleas from a furry friend. Dog parks usually feature wide open spaces with taller grass and small shrubs, which are both good locations for ticks.

Are your lawn and gardens properly maintained?

Fleas and ticks prefer cool, shaded areas that are infrequently cared for through pruning and mowing. By staying current on mowing and pruning, you may be able to limit the ideal environment for fleas and ticks.

How often is your pet bathed?

If you are using a topical ointment to prevent fleas and ticks, make sure it is waterproof. The instructions that came with the product will let you know how long you should wait before bathing your dog after applying the medication.

Do you live in a wooded area or next to an area with tall grass?

These are both great locations for fleas and ticks. If possible, keep underbrush from encroaching on your property through trimming. Mow a strip or two of grass as a filter strip between your lawn and the tall grasses.

The other thing to do is to apply an insect control to your grass and shrubs to control any fleas or ticks that may be present. This should be applied about every three to four weeks, especially if you have had past experiences with fleas and ticks. Be sure to read and follow all label directions before using any insect control product.

Contact your local Spring-Green Lawn Care Professional to schedule your flea and tick control applications this summer. I know that I will be having my lawn treated real soon.