Fleas & Ticks

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are widespread pests that feed on human and animal blood from outside of their host’s body. Though these pests live in similar areas and feed solely on blood, they have many differences, including their life cycle, habits, and even the ability to jump — fleas can and ticks can’t!

There are some other differences between these two pests:

  • Fleas are insects, and ticks are arachnids

  • Ticks feed on a different host with each life stage (larva, nymph, adult), while fleas typically stay on one host its entire life.

  • Ticks can live for two to three years, while fleas usually live only a couple of months. 

  • Fleas are more likely to become problematic in your home than ticks.

  • Fleas will actively jump onto a host while ticks crawl to the top of a piece of grass or vegetation and wait for a host to brush past them they can crawl onto.

tick on skin

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Ticks are responsible for transmitting diseases like Lyme disease that can make people seriously ill. Fleas also cause health risks like transmitting some diseases, triggering allergies, and transmitting tapeworms and other parasitic pests. 

Both fleas and ticks are problematic to people and our pets. Animals that become heavily infested with fleas can develop anemia or have hair loss or open sores because of excessive scratching. Fleas bites are itchy, and excessive scratching at the bite sites will lead to secondary infections.

Fleas and ticks are pests that should be controlled and never allowed to take over our Milwaukee area properties.

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks are most active in Wisconsin in the spring and summer. They both typically become a problem on properties after being introduced by wild animals, rodents, and roaming pets. 

Once fleas and ticks get onto a property, it won’t be long until you or your pets come in contact with them and accidentally introduce them into your home. 

Rodents and other animals that move indoors to nest are common reasons fleas and ticks become problems in our homes.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Humid, wooded areas are the most common places to find ticks. They also thrive in dark, damp areas like mulch, woodpiles, leaf piles, dense vegetation, and wherever pets or animals spend a lot of time nesting or resting.

Outside, fleas, when not living on a host, are in areas that provide them with a lot of shade and moisture; direct sunlight will kill eggs and larvae. Fleas gather under leaf piles, in tall grass, around woodpiles, and under decks and porches. Fleas that have made their way into homes, when not feeding, hang out in rugs, upholstered furniture, our bedding, and pet bedding.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are outdoor pests that are constantly being introduced onto properties by wild animals making them extremely difficult to prevent and control. The best way to get rid of fleas and ticks on your property is with the help of a professional. At Ewert Pest Control, we can help you eliminate problems with these biting, blood-feeding pests. Our focus is on providing our customers with long-term pest control solutions that utilize green, eco-friendly treatments that won’t harm people, plants, or pets. Our certified technicians work with our customers to ensure that current pest issues are corrected and work with you to prevent future pest issues! For more information about our pest control solutions, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from fleas and ticks with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • Keep a clean yard; lots of yard clutter will provide the moisture, shade, and shelter that allows fleas and ticks to thrive.

  • Mow your lawn regularly and maintain shrubbery and other landscaping to prevent it from overgrowing and providing places for fleas and ticks to thrive.

  • Place your pets on a year-round flea and tick preventative program.

  • Make your property less attractive to rodents and wild animals that carry fleas and ticks on their backs by keeping lids on trash cans, removing bird feeders, and maintaining outdoor eating areas.

  • Regularly vacuum your home.

  • Wash your bedding and your pet’s bedding regularly.

  • When using walking trails, make sure to stay toward the center and away from tall grass and vegetation.

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