It’s summer, and we know what that means. Everyone wants to be outside. After spending part of winter and spring locked in our houses to protect the spread of COVID-19, now more than ever, we want to get out and play. But there are hidden dangers lurking about in all corners of your yard waiting to pounce on just the right adult, child, or pet. These dangers are fleas and ticks.
When the weather is hot and humid, fleas, and ticks abound. They love the shady areas of your yard. They can be found hiding out in wooded areas, under trees, inside of shrubs, and under decks and porches. If you live in the country, fleas and ticks love to hang out in the tall grass or overgrown areas where they wait for deer or other wildlife to pass by.
The Hidden Dangers of Fleas and Ticks
Never underestimate the power of these tiny creatures. While they are small, they can carry harmful and dangerous diseases for both you and your pets.
Ticks may carry Lyme Disease, which often has symptoms that mimic the flu, such as chills fever, joint pain, and fatigue. The bacteria that cause it can attack your major organs, including your heart, liver, and lungs. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to problems with your brain and nervous system, heart issues, and or memory and brain fog.
Less common than Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can cause fever, headaches, vomiting, stomach pain, red eyes, and sore muscles. Most people also get a splotchy rash that starts on their ankles or wrists, but if left untreated, RMSF can lead to a more serious illness.
Fleas like to irritate and harass our beloved pets, but they can also carry diseases that affect both your furry friends and us humans. Flea fecal matter and saliva can cause allergic reactions in both animals and humans. Fleas may carry tapeworms which can be ingested by cats, dogs, and even infants. Fleas can also carry Murine Typhus, disease that fleas obtain by biting infected rats. They then carry this disease onto pets and/or humans that they bite. Symptoms include body aches, fever, and nausea.
Preventive Measures You Can Take to Help Prevent a Flea or Tick Bite
Keep Your Yard Maintained and Clean
Because fleas and ticks like to hide amongst tall grass, trees, and shrubs, it’s essential to keep your yard as neat and clean as possible. This includes keeping your grass cut, your trees and bushes trimmed, and landscape beds cleaned. Be sure no branches are touching your house and clean up any falling debris as soon as it occurs, so these nasty critters can’t make it their new home.
Fleas and ticks are attracted to anything that smells of blood, so keep raccoons, deer, and feral cats out of your yard by making sure your trash cans are sealed, keeping your grill covered and cleaning up any food crumbs left behind.
Check Your Clothing
When returning from the woods, or any highly shaded area, always inspect your clothing for any sign of fleas and ticks. Wear light-colored clothing so that they are easier to spot when you return. Also, look closely at your scalp and hair as these critters are proficient at finding places to hide. Check all areas of your skin, including your back and elbows and don’t forget those hard to see places such as behind your ears.
Call the Experts at Quality All-Care
Fleas and ticks can quickly ruin a great time! The experts at Quality All-Care are ready to stop that from happening. When preventive measures don’t work, you want to call in the experts. Quality All-Care has been delivering the highest quality of flea and tick control in Kansas City since 1986. Obtain a quick and easy quote here now or call us at 913-894-9250.