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Common Dog Pests In Lewisville, North Carolina

Dog scratching at fleas.

Dogs are not just pets to most parents. They are our family, friends, and companions. These creatures are just the sweetest!

They will do everything to make us happy. They inspire us, motivate us, and give us strength. This is why we wouldn’t trade them for anything else.

As their owner, it is our responsibility to provide them with everything they need. Aside from their food, water, and shelter needs, they also have grooming needs. This is not limited to bathing and combing. It also includes preventing ticks and fleas. These two are the most notorious pests that infest the coat of our fur babies. Many people underestimate the existence of these pests but they can cause various illnesses to our babies. To get to know them more, here is more information about ticks and fleas.

Facts About Fleas

Fleas are parasites that prey on animals and human beings. These creatures have over 2,500 species that are scattered worldwide, except in Antarctica. Fleas cannot withstand the cold temperature this is why they need to look for a secure house before winter comes.

When they see that your house is conducive to their survival, they will do everything in their power to get inside. They will grab every chance they spot whenever you go outdoors. Because of their ability to jump 100 times their height, they can latch onto your clothes and your baggage. When you walk your dog, they can also latch onto their fur. So, you have to apply preventative methods to keep them away.

Did you know that fleas can consume more than 15 times their body weight? In severe infestations, they can cause anemia, allergies, and infections. But these are not the only facts about fleas, here are the most interesting concepts that you need to know:

Fleas Are 2-3 mm In Length

Because of their size, it is almost impossible to spot them. You need to be very observant so you can see the signs of a flea infestation. Also, their size allows them to fit into tiny spaces. The smallest cracks and crevices are enough to accommodate their bodies. Hence, it is easy for them to get inside our houses.

Fleas Do Not Have A Stable Life Cycle

Unlike other insects such as cockroaches, fleas do not have a specific time frame when to hatch from their cocoons or eggs. They can wait for as long as one year until environmental conditions get better. This is one of the reasons why fleas are difficult to eliminate using pesticides.

Foggers can only kill adult fleas that are out in the open. It cannot target those inside cocoons and eggs. Long after the residue has faded, the fleas in their protective covering will start the next batch of infestation.

They're Quick To Reproduce

Did you know that one flea can turn into 1000 fleas within 21 days, especially without treatment and prevention? It is for this reason that we have to upscale hour methods to eliminate fleas. Can you imagine the discomfort and the diseases they can bring to your pets? When they get desperate enough, they might target you as well.

Fleas Can Jump 30,000 Times Without Stopping

If you're wondering how these creatures can latch onto your clothes and baggage quickly, it is because of their stamina and agility. Paired with their leg strength, it is almost impossible to prevent them from jumping on us.

Experts recommend that before you enter your house, be sure to clean your shoes, your clothes, and your baggage. Do not enter your room with your used clothes. Not only will this help prevent fleas but also bed bugs which are as notorious in feeding.

As you can see, fleas shouldn't be taken for granted. They reproduce quickly, plus they cause various illnesses. As much as possible, we need to learn how to prevent, if not eliminate their existence at home. But before that, let's look into another notorious pest that feeds on our fur babies—the tick. What is the tick? Is it as notorious as the flea?

Facts About Ticks

Did you know that ticks are the cousins of spiders? According to archives, these creatures have been around for 90 million years. This means that they have been causing havoc since the beginning of time.

Ticks are one of the most notorious blood-suckers. These are small arachnids with a complex life cycle. The larvae, nymphs, and adults need regular blood meals. Otherwise, they will die of hunger. However, some tick species can survive a year without feeding. Luckily, the species that feed on our pets are ravenous. So, they are likely to die if they do not satisfy their hunger.

Unlike fleas, ticks do not jump. To latch onto their host, they simply reach out using their legs and grab their hair. From here, they make their way into the skin and feed within 30 minutes.

Many people underestimate the impact of tick infestations. Little do they know that they can transmit illnesses. The American dog tick, for example, is usually found in the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast. It can transmit Tularemia and Rocky Mountain Fever.

But, these are not the only illnesses that these pests transmit. Some species can cause Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, and ehrlichiosis. This is why it is important to learn how to prevent and eliminate them. Here are the most commonly asked questions about these pests. These can help you figure out where they hide and how to spot them.

How Do I Get Ticks?

Ticks can be found everywhere, especially in fields and streets. Sometimes, just passing by these areas will start a pest infestation inside your house. This is why it is important to do a full-body inspection before going inside your house.

Do not only focus on your clothes but also your baggage. If you have a pet, it is important to check their fur regularly to spot any tick and avoid their infestation. Check their armpits, ears, paws, and nape. These are the common areas that tick target.

If you see one, do not make the mistake of extracting the insect with your bare hands. As we discussed, these creatures can bring various illnesses. If the bacteria or virus transfers to your skin, you could contract the disease. So, it's important to use tweezers. If not, use gloves or any protective garments before you remove the tick. Do not squish it. Instead, drown it in a pool of water and soap solution. This will kill them instantly and will not allow them to escape.

What Do I Do When I've Been Bitten By A Tick?

If you suspect a tick bite, wash the bite site with soap and water. Observe for symptoms of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. This includes chills, fever, body pain, and rashes. As much as possible, never self-diagnose. There are many cases wherein people assume that the symptoms are caused by the flu. Little do they know that their condition is worse. It is important to consult a medical expert so they can evaluate your situation and prescribe treatments that are essential for your recovery.

How To Prevent Ticks & Fleas?

These are only a few of the most notorious insects that prey on the blood of our fur babies. Considering the dangers they bring, it is important to prevent them from stepping foot in our houses. Here are some of the most practical ways to prevent ticks and fleas from infesting.

1. Maintain a clean lawn

Your first defense from pests should be your lawn since this is where they usually hide. If your lawn is poorly trimmed and is full of clutter, it allows unwanted insects to dwell in these areas. It gives them access to our houses. So, as much as possible, mow your lawn regularly and clean it. This will help prevent the hiding spots of ticks and fleas.

2. Apply house barriers

This is one of the most effective methods to deter most pests. Barriers are forms of pesticides that you spray on your house's foundation. This is effective to repel ticks, fleas, cockroaches, rodents, and many more. However, these chemicals have their downsides. If they are not properly administered, it could be harmful to every living thing around them.

This is why experts recommend using more natural methods such as essential oils. Lavender, tea tree, and peppermint oil are three of the most irritating essential oils to pests. If you combine them with water, you can spray this on areas where pests can enter. This could be on your window sills, doors, or even your patio. The downside to using essential oils is their short-lasting nature. But when it comes to safety, these are your best bet.

3. Contact a professional

This is the most effective way to prevent and eliminate all kinds of pests. If you're afraid of using chemicals, it's best to let the expert exterminators near you to handle your pest problems. Service providers such as Go-Forth Home Services offer premium quality services for pest management. Their experts pride themselves in using environmentally safe strategies. This way, they can ensure the safety of your family and pets. If you're experiencing any form of pest infestation, do not hesitate to call professionals. With their help, you can finally achieve a pest-free house where loved ones can dwell peacefully and safely.