Fleas and ticks are small brown pests that are difficult to detect with the naked eye. These pests are frequent and unwelcome guests in your yard and can cause health problems for your family and your beloved pets. Using a few common sense methods, including regular lawn care, can help keep these creatures away.
How Fleas and Ticks Infect Humans and Animals
Fleas look for sources of blood that offer shelter. Animals with thick coats are a prime target. Because of the need for shelter, humans are a less likely target, but they can still become infected. Ticks are always on the lookout for a warm body to attack. These creatures wait on grass and other vegetation until an animal or human comes into direct contact with them. After finding a host, the tick will proceed to feed on the blood of the victim, potentially transferring diseases through infected saliva.
The Health Risks of Ticks and Fleas
Ticks are known for carrying and transmitting diseases, including Lyme disease. Other diseases carried by ticks can cause paralysis and fever. Fleas can cause harm to their hosts by consuming enough blood to cause symptoms of anemia. Animals who eat fleas that are host to tapeworms may inherit the tapeworm, causing the animal to have difficulty absorbing nutrients.
Protecting Your Yard from Fleas and Ticks
An unkempt yard offers an endless number of perfect hiding spots for ticks and fleas. Mowing your lawn regularly and trimming back excessive vegetation can significantly reduce these hiding places. Moist areas are another favorite place to hang out for these pests; avoid overwatering and make sure that your lawn drains properly. Don’t let piles of trash, such as old tires and broken lawn tools, become another gathering spot for these pests. Neglected trash piles can also attract larger animals, such as rats, that may come to your yard bearing all kinds of ticks and fleas.
A few additions to your yard can make a difference in the battle against pests. Birds can help reduce the pest population, so making your yard hospitable to birds can help. Cedar mulch is good at keeping pests confined; lining the mulch around the perimeter of your yard can help create an invisible wall.
If the population of fleas and ticks in your yard is growing out of control, a team of trained professionals can help you tackle the problem. Capitol Pest offers pest control services in Washington, D.C., and its neighboring areas. Contact us today to get relief from your pest infestation.