You may have heard people talk about fleas and ticks interchangeably, and while these pests can be very different, they also have many similarities. Here's what Nashville homeowners should know about how fleas and ticks get around, how a flea bite or tick bite can be dangerous, how to prevent fleas and ticks, and the best way to get rid of fleas and ticks in Nashville with Nashville pest control.
How Fleas & Ticks Get Around In Similar Ways
Fleas and ticks can be small, easy to miss, and classified as external parasites. They both suck blood, and they rely on hosts to provide them with their food source.
Both flea and tick infestations also start outside. How far can fleas jump? Fleas are capable of jumping up to a hundred times their height, so they often hide in tall grass or tree branches and then jump onto a host that's walking by.
Can ticks jump? Ticks cannot jump, so they rely on a different mode of transportation called questing. Ticks will rest on a blade of grass with their front legs outstretched. Once a human or animal host brushes by the tick, they'll use their outstretched legs to latch on and begin crawling on their host.
Once they've found a host, both fleas and ticks will try to migrate to an area where their host cannot easily remove them. Fleas may crawl onto the back of an animal so they can't be scratched off, while ticks latch onto lower backs, legs, or other spots where you may not notice them.
Once they bite, ticks may stay attached to their host for days at a time. Fleas bite more quickly but will often live on their host laying eggs and continuing their lifecycle.
How Fleas & Ticks Are Similarly Dangerous
As mentioned above, fleas and ticks are both external parasites that rely on the blood of a host to survive. While a flea might bite a human to feed, they prefer animal or pet hosts since they can easily lay their eggs in the host's fur. Once the flea larvae hatch, they won't have to go far for their first meal.
Ticks also rely on blood to survive and reproduce. Ticks are also one of the few bugs that stay attached to your body after they bite you, using their hook-like mouthparts to stick to your skin and keep feeding for as long as possible. If you don't notice an embedded tick, they can feed for up to ten days before their bodies become engorged and naturally fall off.
Besides their feeding habits, both ticks and fleas can also be dangerous. Ticks can spread several tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and more.
Fleas don't carry the same diseases as ticks, but they also carry harmful pathogens that cause disease, like the plague or typhus. Even if they aren't carrying pathogens, fleas can often cause allergies or other health issues for their hosts.
Five Practical Tips To Prevent Fleas & Ticks On Your Property
Whether you're worried about ticks or fleas, here are some practical tips for combating these parasites:
- Make sure you're treating your pets with a flea and tick preventative throughout the entire year, not just during the summer or spring.
- Regularly mow and maintain your lawn to keep your grass short, and avoid taking your dog on walks through tall grass and weeds.
- Regularly inspect your pets for signs of fleas or ticks by grooming them or combing their fur.
- Regularly wash your pet's bedding and other commonly used items.
- Avoid attracting flea or tick-infested wildlife by keeping a tight lid on your garbage cans and not leaving food out.
These tips can help minimize your odds of a flea or tick infestation, but they are not likely to be enough to get rid of an infestation.
The Secret To Total Flea & Tick Control For Nashville Properties
While it's important to make sure you're regularly treating your pets for fleas and ticks, you can also reduce flea and tick populations around your Nashville property by working with our professionals at Cima Solutions. As a family-owned and operated company, we have the professional resources to treat your yard and the attitude and customer service of a small, family-friendly business.
If your home has a flea or tick infestation, or you're constantly dealing with these parasites around your property, there's no reason to put yourself, your pets, or your family at risk. Contact us today at Cima Solutions to learn more about how effective our flea control and tick control programs can be for Nashville property owners.