Of all the pests that call Oceanside, California, home, fleas and ticks are not only the most prevalent but also the most harmful to both you and your pets. Read on for important information about protecting your family and furry friends.
How to Avoid Fleas
Fleas have four life stages, which includes egg, larva, pupa and biting adult. They feed on the blood of humans as well as domestic animals like dogs and cats. Considering that a female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, it's important to take action immediately if you've found one flea in your home or on your pet. Not only will this prevent a major infestation in your home but it'll avoid pets from developing intense bouts of itching, anemia and tapeworms.
How Do Fleas Get Inside Your Home
- Not applying flea prevention strategies in and around your home, especially if you own cats or dogs.
- Rodents carry fleas into your yard, and your pets bring them into your home.
- Any human entering your home can also act as transportation for a flea hoping to infest it.
Tips to Prevent a Flea Infestation
- Mow your grass regularly, trim your shrubs routinely and deter rodents from entering your yard.
- Run a flea comb through your pet’s coat before going inside after a walk, and apply a monthly flea treatment.
- Vacuum your carpets once per week, or more if suspect there are fleas in your home.
How to Avoid Ticks
Like fleas, ticks also have four life stages: egg, larva, nymph and adult. And they also feed on the blood of their hosts, such as humans and pets. They fall into the arachnid classification, which means they're closely related to scorpions and spiders. What makes ticks so dangerous is that they can transmit diseases to humans, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichia. It's more common to find a tick infestation on a dog than a cat.
How Do Ticks Get Inside Your Home
- Humans can carry a tick inside their home after they've been hiking in a wooded or bushy area.
- Pets can carry a tick into a home after they've been near other animals that are infested with ticks.
- Ticks attach themselves to the groin, under the arms, inside the ears and in the hair.
Tips to Prevent a Tick Infestation
- Use a product with 20% DEET or higher on your skin and clothing when hiking in the wilderness.
- Wear light-colored clothing so you can see them when you check yourself before returning home.
- Stay on trails that don't have thick vegetation to avoid tick-infested areas.
If your home in North San Diego County has already been infested with fleas or ticks, contact Pinpoint Pest Control right away at (760) 268-9135 for a free estimate. The longer you wait, the higher the risk of a major infestation.