Most people associate ticks and fleas with pets, but these parasites are generally indiscriminate and can be annoying to humans as they are to your beloved animals. Both ticks and fleas feed on blood, which makes them ideal vectors for diseases that can affect humans and animals. Even worse, these creepy crawlies don’t understand boundaries, and during the summer, it’s easy to have a yard and home full of ticks and fleas.
While chemical pesticides are effective at getting rid of ticks and fleas, they can also negatively impact your health and the environment. Growing concerns about the impact flea and tick repellents have on bees, pets, and wildlife have made natural flea and tick yard control a much more appealing option.
The best way to protect your home is to take a multi-pronged approach that includes understanding how ticks and fleas behave, what attracts them, and how you can prevent them from getting anywhere near your yard in the first place. Bee Friendly Pest Control is a pesticide-free company that can help you deal responsibly with fleas, ticks, and mosquitos without affecting nature’s delicate balance. Our natural treatment options can keep your family and pets safe from these potentially dangerous pests.
Fleas are tiny insects that attach themselves to warm-blooded animals and drink their blood. They go through four growth stages in a three-week lifecycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. What makes fleas so difficult to control is that they can adjust each growth stage to adapt to changing conditions, and females can lay up to 50 eggs under ideal conditions.
Due to their small sizes, fleas can be relatively tricky to identify. If you’re a pet owner, you’ll probably discover you have fleas by seeing small dark spots jumping on your pet or crawling around in the carpet. Your pet will also start scratching, as flea bites are extremely itchy and annoying.
The main reason why people dislike having fleas in their homes is the annoyance factor. Flea bites are tiny but incredibly irritating, and many pets and people develop allergies that make things even worse. Severe infestations can actually result in enough blood loss in small animals, becoming a serious hazard to their health.
However, as blood-feeders, fleas are also vectors for several diseases. For example, if you have cats, fleas can pass cat scratch fever from your cat to you or your family, and several other parasites, such as tapeworms, are commonly associated with flea infestations.
Ticks are blood-sucking arachnids that latch onto warm-blooded animals and continue feeding for several days until they become bloated and drop off. They’re easy to identify once they’ve started feeding, as their bodies swell up to several times their original size.
Ticks carry various blood-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, tularemia, Ehrlichia, and tick-borne relapsing fever, which can be fatal if left untreated. Many of these diseases can affect humans and pets, and preventing infection is significantly more effective than trying to treat the disease.
Ticks and fleas live in outdoor wooded areas, so you can bring them into your home after an outdoor excursion. If you have a yard filled with long grass and plenty of vegetation, ticks, and fleas can take up residence and come into your home seeking food and shelter. Having a protective barrier and using natural repellent products, such as Bee Friendly’s range, can prevent them from getting into your home.
Fleas generally are more of an infestation risk, as they have a relatively short lifecycle, and females can lay dozens of eggs during their lifetime. They can live in carpets, upholstery, and on your pets, and serious cases will need expert intervention and extensive treatment with natural flea tick yard products.
At Bee Friendly Pest Control, we know it’s important to keep vegetation and debris away from the foundation of your home, as an overgrown yard is a perfect haven for pests. Having a space between any wooden area and your home is the first step in any flea and tick yard control scheme.
The second step is to use a natural tick and flea yard control treatment, such as Bee Friendly’s Mosquito-Flea-Tick formula that targets fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. This treatment contains several essential oils, including cedarwood oil, to kill and repel ticks and fleas. As it contains only natural ingredients, it’s safe to use and non-toxic to bees, pets, humans, and even fish.
Do Ticks and Fleas Live in Mowed Grass?
Ticks and fleas prefer long, overgrown grass but can move into mowed areas if necessary. Most ticks will stay on the outer edges of the lawn, while fleas will move around freely.
What Is the Best Flea and Tick Killer for Yards?
At Bee Friendly, we offer a natural essential oil product that contains a unique blend of pest-repellent oils to keep ticks and fleas out without harming bees, pets, children, or adults. It’s organic, natural, and won’t harm the environment.
When Should I Apply Flea and Tick Control to My Lawn?
We recommend applying Bee Friendly’s natural flea and tick yard control treatment every two weeks during the summer and fall when ticks and fleas are most active. You can also apply natural treatments during times when they aren’t as active as a preventative measure.
How Common Is Lyme disease?
According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne disease in the United States. While the country doesn’t have a formal national surveillance program, some estimates suggest that almost half a million people get the disease annually.
Keep Your Family Safe with Bee Friendly Natural Pest Control
While ticks and fleas are a common problem in many households, you can keep them out of your home with Bee Friendly Pest Control’s range of natural flea and tick yard control treatments. Whether you have an infestation or want to protect your family, we’re here to help. Contact us at 1-888-4BEE-LUV to schedule an appointment today!