One of the biggest myths that exist when it comes to ticks and fleas is that you no longer have to worry about them when the cold weather comes around. This is completely false, and can leave some people even more vulnerable to experiencing an issue with these annoying pests. Although you may not see them in the winter during cold climates, fleas and ticks can survive quite well in your house as well as on wildlife. If your pet or your house experienced a flea or tick problem during the summer, then it is likely that you will see them again during the winter season. If your pet goes outdoors, then they probably have contact with squirrels, birds, or other types of wildlife that carry fleas and ticks as well.
Fleas in the Home
Fleas are annoying pests that are extremely difficult to get rid of once they have established themselves within your home. Fleas can easily hitch a ride onto your family pet to gain access into your home, however, they are also able to fit through the smallest cracks and holes that they can find around your house. In winter time, this is easier for them to locate with the heat that will escape your home through these tiny areas. They are always looking for a way in and for a host to feed on, your pet being the most common target for their next meal.
Ticks Transmit Lyme Disease
Ticks are a pest that also can attack the family pet and use your four legged friend as a vehicle to get into your home. Ticks can pose serious health risks to pets and humans alike. One of the more serious illnesses that is caused by ticks is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. Signs of Lyme disease include skin rash, symptoms similar to arthritis, flu like symptoms, headaches, muscle and joint pain and fever. Lyme disease should be taken extremely serious and if you suspect you have been bitten by a tick and are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately.
Flea and Tick Control for Homes and Yards
Keeping ticks and fleas out of your home during the winter season requires the skills and experience of a professional pest control technician. When you hire a professional pest control service, technicians will thoroughly inspect your home for the presence of these pests and any areas of your home that they may be able to crawl through. Being proactive is the best way to prevent any type of infestation. If you think you have a tick or flea issue in or around your home, contact Preventive Pest Control today.