Flea and Tick Control

flea and tick controlThe common belief with fleas and ticks is that they enter people’s homes on the backs of their pets, but in reality, these parasites are more than capable of hitching a ride on you, your visitors or family members. But it is true that your pets can be the main carriers of these pests if their tick and flea collars are either old or ineffective. It is important to keep an eye out for fleas and ticks so that you can catch them before they become an infestation.

It’s true that flea bites can be irritating and it’s possible they can create rashes–and in some people they can even cause allergic reactions. Fleas while annoying to humans can be dangerous to your pets, since they may carry and spread tapeworms and other diseases. But tick bites, on the other hand, can be extremely dangerous. Ticks are known carriers of nasty diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. You should check you and your pets for ticks on a regular basis. If you find one, you should remove it with tweezers making sure that you completely remove the tick. Be sure to keep an eye on the area to see if you develop a rash which is a sign that you should seek medical attention.

At EcoTek, we have been helping customers with flea and tick control since 2011. Our experts can quickly identify the pest and come up with a plan to eliminate the ticks and fleas in your home. There is also an option to spray your yard to make it safe for your family and pets to spend time outdoors without worrying about picking up fleas or ticks.This service means that you will no longer need to worry about applying bug spray every time you send your kids outside to play in the backyard. Contact EcoTek today to learn more about the indoor/outdoor flea control and outdoor tick control services that are available.

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    Flea Control

    fleaIt’s important to be able to identify a flea infestation because it is very easy to mistake it for a different type of bug. For instance, many people can mistake the bite of a flea for a different type of pest like a bed bug. And it’s true that both of these insects are very similar–both are small, parasitic and blood feeders. But each one has its own behaviors and very specific set of tactics to use when combating them. The best way to determine which insect is infesting your home or business is to call the experts at EcoTek for a free pest control inspection. We will provide all of the costs and the treatment plans for whatever kind of infestation you’re beset with. Here are some important facts about fleas in Virginia:

    • Fleas are voracious eaters and can bite you or your pet hundreds of times in a single day.
    • Female fleas can consume 15 times her own body weight in blood
    • A flea can live for 2 to 3 months
    • Fleas have been around for millions of years

    Tick Control

    tickIt’s true that ticks generally attach themselves to dogs more often than cats–but that isn’t something you should rely on. It is important to check your pets whenever they come inside, especially during the spring which is when ticks are the most active. Ticks will appear as a small dot on your pet’s flesh. It will vary in size depending on how long it has been attached and feeding. Remove the tick carefully with a pair of tweezers, careful to secure the entire thing.

    Ticks are capable of carrying a number of serious diseases which they infect their hosts with. Diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, Babesiosis, Tularemia and a variety of others. More than likely your pet will pick up a tick as it moves through grass. And once it has, the tick will feed until it drops off in order to look for somewhere to establish an infestation. It’s an all too real possibility that the tick decides to set up shop in your home. If you spot a tick or think some may be lurking in your home, contact EcoTek for a free inspection.

    It’s important to set up a regular routine, one where you thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks. Be sure to check the base of their tail, groin area and around their armpits. Also take special notice if your pet is scratching more than usual, has any skin damage or if you see small, black dirt specks in their fur. Also be sure to check out yourself as well. If you notice any bites on your own body–especially on your ankles, then there is a chance you have fleas in your carpets. If you spot any of these warning signs there’s a chance you may need to strongly consider setting up a flea and tick pest control regimen with EcoTek.

    If you’re suffering from fleas or ticks you shouldn’t wait to contact EcoTek for relief. We will make sure that your home is completely pest free. We place an emphasis on personalized service that leaves our customers completely satisfied.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the signs of a flea infestation?

    Signs of a flea infestation include seeing them visually. Your pet will have the symptoms of fleas with excessive scratching and being miserable. You may also experience flea bites on your ankles. If your pet has fleas, chances are that there are fleas in your home. You need to treat both your pets and your home to get rid of fleas.

    Can fleas fly?

    Fleas cannot fly, but they are good jumpers. They will jump from one animal to another. They may also jump up onto you to in search of food. Fleas do not have wings. Fleas can jump up to 7 inches high and 13 inches away, which is quite far if you think about how small they are.

    How does my home get fleas?

    Fleas usually catch a ride into your home on a host, which is usually a pet. However, humans can bring fleas into your home as well if they picked some up outside or when they visited a place with a flea problem. You can also bring them in on second hand furniture.

    How do ticks get inside my home?

    Ticks will enter your home by catching a ride on your pet or even on you. They will wander around looking for a new food source. Pets are the most common carrier for ticks, but they can come in on second hand furniture too. It is important to inspect anything that you bring into the house that is secondhand.

    Why are ticks dangerous?

    Ticks carry a number of different diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. These diseases can have a number of complications that can be debilitating and it is important to seek treatment if you suspect that you may have contracted one.

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