Frequently Asked Questions About Fleas, Ticks & Mites
What are fleas, ticks & mites?
Ticks and mites are arachnids with eight legs and a hard exterior like spiders. In contrast, fleas are insects with six legs. There are many different types of mites, fleas, and ticks that vary in size and color. But when dealing with an infestation of any of these pests on your Oklahoma City property, you won't usually be worried about the species but rather how you can best get rid of them.
Are fleas, ticks, and mites dangerous?
These external parasites can cause a lot of problems for people and animals. Tick diseases vary depending on the species but can include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and more. In comparison, fleas can spread bubonic plague, murine typhus, tungiasis, tularemia, bartonellosis, and tapeworm. And mites don't usually transmit diseases but can cause skin irritation.
Why do I have a flea, tick, and mite problem?
While pets can bring any of these pests into your home, even homes without pets can experience them. A common reason fleas, ticks, and mites become an issue on residential properties is that wildlife, rodents, and birds bring them into yards or homes if they infest.
Where will I find fleas, ticks, and mites?
Ticks are usually less of a problem indoors than they are outside. Because ticks can't fly or jump, they wait in tall grass or overgrown foliage for a host to pass by.
In comparison, fleas and mites can quickly become an issue inside your house. If they aren't on a host, you might find these pests in carpeting, upholstered furniture, pet bedding, and other similar places.
How do I get rid of fleas, ticks, and mites?
Killin' It Termite and Pest can assist you with your flea, tick, and mite problems!
Due to the nature of these pests, we ask our customers to complete necessary prep work before we implement treatment to ensure the most effective results. Prep work is as follows:
- Clean all bet bedding in hot water or replace items if necessary.
- Vacuum all carpeted areas and mop non-carpeted areas as often as possible.
- Clean and vacuum furniture.
- Seal vacuum cleaner bags and throw them away in a garbage can outside the house.
- Get pets treated the day we come to service your home.
- Pick up all items off the floor and from under beds.
- Wash all linens in hot water.
Once your house is ready, we will apply a liquid treatment to baseboards and wall voids, treat carpets with aerosol, and treat harborage areas in the yard. We recommend purchasing PetCore, a pet-friendly spray to protect your pets.
For ticks specifically, treatment is more exterior focused than on the interior. We will mist the yard, trees, and high-traffic areas. Depending on the infestation, we treat it during two separate visits, sometimes three.
After our services, we ask you to keep up with manicuring your lawn to keep treatments effective.
Call us at Killin' It Termite and Pest to learn more about how we can help remove mites, fleas, and ticks from your Oklahoma City property.
How can I prevent fleas, ticks, and mites in the future?
Other than maintaining your lawn to help prevent a reinfestation, we recommend installing or repairing fencing to keep animals out that can spread fleas, ticks, and mites. You should also remove any food sources that might attract animals and seal any entry points to prevent them from entering your home.
Always work with your veterinarian to protect your pets against these parasitic pests!
Contact Killin' It Termite and Pest for more flea, tick, and mite prevention & control services.
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