Flea and Tick Control
Many people believe that fleas and ticks will invade a home by catching a ride on a family pet like a cat or dog. Using a flea or tick collar or other medication to help your pet repel fleas and ticks can work, but if you forget to change the collar as it gets older, or forget to apply the medication, your pets may have an increased chance of bringing these pests home with them. However, fleas and ticks may also come in by attaching themselves to you or your family members when you have spent time outdoors.
Both fleas and ticks pose problems for pets and humans. Fleas can cause itchy rashes. They may also cause severe allergic reactions for people who are susceptible to them. Tick bites pose a serious danger since they can carry several debilitating diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fleas and ticks can cause problems both inside your house and outside in your yard.
Our expert flea and tick control technicians can inspect your home and determine what type of pest is bothering you. The free inspection includes an estimate along with a treatment plan specifically designed for your needs. Contact EcoTek today to schedule your inspection.
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The first step in flea control is to correctly identify the pest as fleas. Some people may confuse fleas with bed bugs or other pests that bite and feed on blood. Each pest has a different set of habits, and the treatments are tailored to most effectively deal with the pest that has invaded your home. The best way to determine the type of infestation you are dealing with is to contact the experts at EcoTek. We offer free pest control inspections that will include a treatment plan for whatever pests that we find with a list of the costs of treatment.
Learn important facts about fleas in Virginia:
- Female fleas can eat up to 15 times more than her own body weight in blood.
- Fleas can bite you or your pet up to 100 times a day because they are voracious eaters.
- Fleas have been around for millions of years.
- Fleas live for two to three months.
Ticks tend to attach themselves to dogs more often than cats, but both animals are still vulnerable to tick bites. Ticks carry diseases that affect both you and your pets, and it is important to carefully check your pets each day and remove any ticks that you find. The ticks will look like a small dot on your pet’s flesh. Remove the ticks with tweezers and be sure to remove the entire tick. The ticks tend to be more active during the spring.
Ticks can carry a number of potentially serious diseases like Lyme diseases, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis and several others. Usually dogs will pick up ticks by moving through the grass. Once a tick feeds, it will drop off and begin looking for a new host. This can happen in your home. If you think you may have a tick infestation in your home, you can contact EcoTek for a free inspection.
The best way to prevent a tick infestation is to establish a routine where you check your pets for fleas and ticks. When you check be sure that you check around their armpits, at the base of the tail and in the groin area. If your pet is scratching more than usual, has skin damage or you see black specks of dirt in their fur, they may have fleas or ticks. Check yourself too. If you notice any bites on your ankles or elsewhere, you may have fleas in your carpets. When you spot these warning signs, call EcoTek for an inspection and to set up a flea and tick pest control regimen.
EcoTek can help you find relief from fleas and ticks. We will make sure your home is free of pests. Our quality customer service and trained technicians will make sure you are satisfied with our service.
Frequently Asked Questions
What diseases do fleas spread to my pets?
Fleas can spread cat-scratch fever to both your cats and dogs. They also can spread tapeworms to your dogs. Additionally, dogs and catch may cause your pets to scratch enough that sores form which can become infected. If your pet has any signs of these diseases, you should take it to the vet.
What can I do to prevent my pets getting fleas?
The best way to prevent your pet from getting fleas is to use a flea control method. You can choose between a flea collar, medication you apply to your pet’s skin or an oral medication. You can talk to your vet about the best option for your pet.
Do you have an organic treatment option?
We have an organic treatment option available. We also have a safe conventional treatment option that we can use in your home. After your initial treatment, we can apply an exterior treatment every six weeks if you sign up for a pest control plan.
When are the most common times for tick bites?
Tick bites are very common in the spring, but they will bite you throughout the year. They do hibernate in the winter. If you visit an area that is prone to ticks you need to take the steps to protect yourself from ticks. Ticks need to feed as they molt and progress through each stage of their life cycle.
Do I need to be home during a treatment?
You do not need to be home during a treatment. However, we do ask that pets be removed from the home during the treatment and for four hours after it takes place. You will need to make a plan for your pets if you are not going to be home.
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