While Dorothy was worried about lions and tigers and bears, we'd like to shine a light on another danger that could be lurking in those woods. When spring temperatures climb, we're going to see a lot more fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes when we go outside. Here are a few quick points that you should know about each of these pests.
These pests wait to spring onto host creatures as they pass by. They prefer furry creatures to humans. Therefore, people with pets are more susceptible to getting fleas in their home. But flea problems aren't exclusive to pet owners. There are other furry creatures that can bring fleas into a home, such as mice, rats, and squirrels.
Fleas will lay eggs on a host creature, and those eggs will fall off as the pet (or infesting rodent) moves around your home. When eggs hatch, new fleas are produced. While fleas don't infest humans, they can bite us when we stand, lay, or lounge in an infested area.
Ticks don't fall on people or spring onto people. These bugs must wait on grass and vegetation to cling to a host creatures as it passes. They do not require a furry host. So these pests can gain entrance to a home on any warm-blooded creature, including rodents, other wildlife, and birds.
Ticks are directly connected to the spread of many diseases. Some of these diseases, such as Lyme disease, can have lifelong implications. Fortunately, it takes 24-48 hours for the Lyme disease-causing bacterium to infect a human. Early detection is key.
Since mosquitoes are capable of flight, they can zip right in through your front door when you get home from work, and fly right in through an open window that has a damaged screen. Protection from these pests begins with proper screens and vigilant care when entering and exiting. Unfortunately, in our busy lives, and in families where there are children, it is impossible to keep mosquitoes from coming in through open doors. That is why mosquito reduction services are a vital part of ongoing pest services. Mosquitoes don't usually travel more than 300 yards from their point of origin, especially the Aedes mosquitoes, which are vectors for Zika virus, West Nile virus, and other dangerous mosquito-borne viruses.
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can spread illness to humans and the pets we love. Stay safer with ongoing pest services from a pest professional. Professional pest service isn't just a quality of life upgrade, it is vital protection from damaging and illness-spreading bugs and animals. Just click your ruby slippers and say, "There is no place like a pest-free home," and reach out to us today to get your protective services in place for spring.