For homeowners that have pets, controlling fleas and ticks is a dual responsibility. Not only do pet owners have the responsibility to make sure their pets are safe from harm, but they also need to focus on maintaining a home that is clean and insect-free.
There are several tips for controlling fleas and ticks, including:
- Daily vacuuming helps to remove flea eggs, larvae and adult fleas. Homeowners should vacuum carpets, cracks and crevices, cushioned furniture and even baseboards. If a flea infestation is severe, the vacuum bag should be disposed of immediately in a sealed plastic garbage bag.
- Carpets should be regularly cleaned with soap and hot steam to kill all flea lifecycles.
- All bedding – human and pet – should be washed every two to three weeks in hot, soapy water. If a flea infestation is severe, bedding should be discarded and sealed in garbage bags.
- Investing in a flea comb helps suppress adult fleas and removes dried blood and flea feces. Pet owners should consider focusing on the neck and tail areas. This is a drug-free treatment option for pets.
- Opt for keeping pets indoors as much as possible or discuss flea control programs with local veterinarians. Treatments include collars, dust, shampoos, sprays and even monthly or tri-monthly skin applications.
- Offer pets a vegetation-free play area. This means not giving pets access to bushes, shrubs and other vegetation that may be harboring ticks.
- Remove tall grasses, brush and leaf litter regularly, replacing heavily trafficked areas with gravel or wood chips. Consider placing three-foot wide barriers between wooded areas and lawns, including around play toys and patios. This helps to limit tick migration to wooded areas and prevents them from infecting recreational yard areas.
- Always keep leaves raked and mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack all firewood in a secure, dry area. This helps prevent rodents, which often have ticks.
- Keep all decks, patios and yard equipment in a sunny location away from trees.
- Remove any unsightly clutter from the yard that may offer ticks hiding places.
- Ticks and deer are synonymous with one another. Consider removing plants that attract deer, as this means less ticks will be deposited in yards.
If ticks are a significant problem in a yard, a homeowner may want to consider hiring Utah pest control services. There are several chemicals that can effectively control ticks. In fact, a single application of acaricide in the spring can reduce tick populations significantly, decreasing the number of ticks that cause Lyme Disease by as much as 68- to 100-percent.
An additional benefit of hiring SLC pest control is that professionals know when to apply pesticides to residential properties. These experts offer substantial experience in effectively addressing Utah pest control issues.