How To Keep Fleas And Ticks Away From Your Milwaukee Property
Fleas and ticks are not the same pests, yet they share many things in common. Two things these pests share in common are their invasive nature and their ability to cause both people and animals trouble. Regardless of whether you have or have not had to deal with these problematic bugs around your Milwaukee property, today is your day to do some research and utilize some protective measures to keep them away. Here is everything you need to do to combat these pests effectively.
What Are Fleas?
A flea is 1/12 to ⅙” long, dark reddish-brown, and has six legs. This pest uses its legs to jump onto and off of its prey. Mostly a problem for furry animals but also to humans, fleas are regular home invaders that you should be concerned about.
What Are Ticks?
Ticks are ¼ to ⅔” long, flat, oval-shaped, and come in a variety of color combinations including tan, reddish-brown, black, white, and blue. Some of the most common species of ticks in our area are black-legged ticks and American dog ticks. Ticks, in general, prefer the blood of humans because they are convenient hosts.
How Ticks and Fleas Get Into Homes
Both ticks and fleas use animals and humans to invade homes. People who own outdoor pets like cats and dogs have a higher likelihood of finding fleas and ticks indoors. This does not mean, however, that you have to own a pet in order to have trouble with these pests. Ticks sometimes come inside riding on people. Rodents, birds, and bats also regularly carry ticks and fleas into homes. These warm-blooded mammals look to homes for shelter when the weather is cold or stormy. Rodents, in particular, invade homes to find food, water, and materials to build their nests.
The Dangers of Ticks And Fleas
As you probably already know, ticks and fleas consume blood to survive. What you might not know is that most blood-feeding pests are incredibly dangerous. This is because of what blood can contain. If a tick or flea bites a person who is infected with a compatible blood-borne disease, they run the risk of picking it up and transmitting it to others. Here are just a few common diseases you might contract from a flea or a tick.
Lyme disease (ticks)
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (ticks)
Bourbon virus (ticks)
Bubonic plague (fleas)
Murine typhus (fleas)
Prevention Tips To Keep Ticks And Fleas Out
In order to keep ticks and fleas out of your home, you have to exclude the creatures they invade on, such as rats, mice, birds, bats, and wildlife. To do this, here are some helpful prevention tips to try.
Use a caulking gun to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
Repair damage to window/door screens.
Trim back bushes and shrubs at least five feet from your home’s exterior.
Keep unscreened windows/doors closed when not in use.
Install a fence around your yard and garden.
The Solution To Tick and Flea Infestations
There is only one reliable solution to flea and tick infestations and that is to hire a professional pest control company. At Ewert Pest Control, we make eliminating and preventing pests like fleas and ticks simple. Not only will we get your home the treatment it needs to become pest-free but we will also walk you through some strategies to keep fleas and ticks from riding in on you or your pets. Contact us today for more information and schedule your Milwaukee property for a service visit.