Fleas and ticks are two of the most common pests that can be found in your yard or home. While both can be harmful to humans and pets, they are different in many ways. Let’s compare ticks and fleas and learn how to prevent them from infesting your yard or home.
What Are Ticks and Fleas?
Ticks are small, arachnid parasites that feed on the blood of animals, including humans. They are often found in wooded or grassy areas and can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fleas, on the other hand, are small, wingless insects that also feed on blood. They are commonly found on dogs and cats and can transmit diseases such as tapeworms and murine typhus.
How to Prevent Ticks
You can prevent ticks by:
- Keep your lawn cut short
- Remove any brush or debris from your yard
- Ticks prefer moist and shaded areas, so keep your yard dry and sunny
- Use a pesticide treatment on lawn
How to Prevent Fleas
You can prevent fleas by:
- Regularly bathe and groom your pets
- Use flea-preventative medicine on pets per a veterinarian’s guidance
- Vacuum home frequently
- Wash your pet’s bedding regularly
Fleas and ticks can be a nuisance and a health risk for both humans and pets. Ask your local pest control company for a customized plan to keep your property free from ticks and fleas!