Fleas And Ticks
Florida’s warm and humid climate is perfect for fleas and ticks to survive year-round since they flourish best between 70 and 85 degrees. These nasty little pests often come with a plethora of diseases and viruses that cause worry.
The most common fleas are Cat Fleas. Fleas carry tapeworm eggs inside the body. When dogs and cats lick themselves, if digested, the tapeworm attaches itself to the pet's intestines.
The most common ticks are Deer Ticks, American Dog Ticks, Brown Ticks and Lone Star Ticks.
Deer ticks are hard-bodied specimen that are named such because they often attach themselves to wildlife, such as deer. Deer Ticks can cause the Lyme disease. American Dog ticks may also be called wood ticks. They carry a large variety of bacteria which are responsible for diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The Brown Tick can cause Ehrlichiosis (a bacterial illness that causes flu like symptoms). Lone star ticks bite painlessly and typically go unnoticed for days! These ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Thankfully, at Custom Pest Solutions we are no strangers to fleas or ticks. We have a comprehensive process for finding, eliminating, and preventing these infestations. Getting rid of fleas and ticks requires targeted treatment for insects at all life stages. We offer tick and flea treatments for both inside your home or business and the adjacent exterior areas, as well as for hot spots which include pet houses, areas with sandy soil, and fence lines. The long-lasting products we use are the best the market has to offer to help prevent the need for over-treating.
Fleas are very difficult to eradicate without your help! We have developed a special preparation checklist for our customers to complete during and after the treatment process. We ask that you please review and complete all items listed. We have proven that when this checklist is followed not only are our treatments faster and more effective, but it also costs our customers less time and money in the long run.
Our professional technicians also provide advice on measures that can be taken to prevent fleas and ticks from entering the home by hitching a ride inside by humans, pets, or rodents.
Confident in our ability to eradicate unwanted flea and tick populations from your property, we are happy to offer our customers a complimentary 30-day warranty. Should you notice a return of fleas or ticks on your property during that time, we’ll come back and make things right, free of charge!
How do I know if I have a flea infestation?
While there are many ways that fleas can be introduced into your home, one of the most common is through a domestic animal such as a dog or cat. While spending time outdoors, cats and dogs will often pick up fleas and then carry them inside. Once indoors, fleas will begin to reproduce and can quickly increase in number. First, you might notice your pets scratching or chewing on themselves excessively. This is particularly common in dogs, and even just a handful of fleas can lead to compulsive scratching in dogs with a flea allergy. Additionally, you will often find small, red, itchy bite marks on your extremities, particularly around your ankles and lower legs. Finally, you can often detect fleas themselves with the naked eye. Fleas are easy to spot when fully grown.
How do ticks attach?
Ticks have sharp mouthparts rather like tiny crab claws. Ticks begin feeding by secreting a numbing chemical, so the host doesn't feel their hard, stabbing mandibles pierce the skin. The mouthparts are barbed so the pet can't scratch or rub to dislodge the tick. A hungry tick is flat, like a freckle, but it has an elastic abdomen to suck up a hundred times its own body weight in blood. Ticks don't digest solids, so they dribble saliva into the wound to dissolve tissues and suck up this soup. The saliva contains enough bacteria and protozoa that ticks are among the most potent disease vectors in the world.