Fleas have a few different breeds. However, their habits are all very similar. Most dog fleas only live for several days, and regular grooming helps remove them. Meanwhile, cat fleas (the most common) can attack dogs if there are no cats available for feeding. If these pests bite humans, they can cause dermatitis and tapeworms, among other infections.
If your home has fleas, there are several things to consider. Is your pet protected with a Vet recommended Flea and Tick medication? What if you don’t have a pet but you still have fleas in the house? Perhaps there is a larger animal living under your porch or deck. Maybe you are taking evening walks in an area that has a flea infestation. These are all possible scenarios. Mantis Pest Control can advise and treat no matter what the issue. Mantis can also help reduce the flea and tick population in your yard as well. Call us anytime for details and treatment options.
The Lone Star tick is easily identifiable with its oval reddish-brown body, with females sporting a white patch on their backs. It contacts a host by crawling up the tips of low-growing vegetation and clinging on as the host walks by. Once it’s embedded, it can be difficult to remove because its mouthparts often break off and cause a secondary infection. Typically found in shaded areas, its habitat must contain large and small animals for all stages of its life cycle. It is known to be a vector for the dangerous Tularemia and the Heartland virus.
The American dog tick gets its name from the fact that it likes to feed on domestic dogs. It is attracted to the animal scent, so it’s usually found in grassy areas such as your backyard, porch, and paths. As the primary vector for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it can survive up to two to three years without feeding.
The brown dog tick gets its name from the reddish-brown color it sports. It is commonly found in dog kennels. You can find it behind the ears and the toes of your dogs. It’s notorious for dropping off its dog host and laying eggs in cracks and crevasses of floors and walls. This would cause explosions of ticks in your home and illnesses such as canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesia.
Also known as the deer tick, this pest prefers to hide in shrubs, mowed lawns, and high-grass areas. It also likes to hang out in transitional areas where the field meets a trail. Being the primary vector for Lyme disease, it prefers to nest in places where you would find possums, skunks, and other furry creatures.