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Managing Flea & Tick Infestations: A Memphis Homeowner's Guide

Take a look out your back door. The great outdoors look pretty innocent, don’t they?

But your backyard is a haven for fleas and ticks. And if you have pets that go outdoors, when they come inside, they can bring those bugs – and all the diseases they carry – with them into your house.

No one wants that. And certainly no one wants to be scared of what could be lurking in their own backyard.

Time to get rid of these pests. When you want to bring in a professional pest control company to help you take back your Memphis and North MS yard, you want to choose the right one.

Here are some flea and tick infestation signs to watch for, some tips for controlling flea infestations and tick infestations, and how to choose the right pest control company to help keep these pests out of your yard.

Facts About Fleas & Ticks In Your Memphis and North MS Yard

We’ll begin with fleas. These pesky, wingless insects with long, flat bodies prefer to feed on blood. They like to reside on pets, wild animals and human beings because they’re excellent food sources.

Ticks, on the other hand, belong to the arachnid family of insects. Most ticks are dark in color, ranging from brown to black.

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Just like fleas, they seek out blood from animals and humans. What’s more, drinking blood enables them to produce and lay more tick eggs, which makes more ticks.

Here, we’ll point out signs of flea and tick infestations, show you where they hang out in your yard, and review how you can prevent and eliminate them.

How Do You Know If You Have Fleas & Ticks In Your Yard?

Because fleas and ticks can be very hard to spot, you might not realize you have a problem.

If you have pets that spend time outdoors, a big first sign of a flea infestation is when your dog or cat starts constantly itching and scratching.

You might also notice your pet is suffering some hair loss, periods of excess tiredness, and an irregular appetite. You may even notice that your cat develops red skin and bumps as a result of an allergic reaction to fleas.

Ticks also hitch a ride on your dog’s fur or your pant leg as you’re taking a walk through tall grass. You may not notice this little pest until you get back home and feel something funny on your skin.

Your pets can’t tell you they feel an annoying presence, but you can inspect their skin for ticks when you get home and find them pretty quickly. Their dark, circular bodies are small but easy to spot. If you don’t see them on yourself, you might notice swelling, pain, nausea, or a headache once they’ve been on your skin for awhile.

The biggest concerns about fleas and ticks being in your yard is that these annoying pests can be common sources of illness, some of which can be serious. Ticks are known for spreading Lyme disease. And you can catch typhus or cat-scratch fever from fleas.

Tick and Flea Infestation Spots: Where Fleas & Ticks Hang Out

When they aren’t sucking the blood from your pets and family members, fleas and ticks hang out in their favorite places.

Outside, fleas prefer shady areas where the air is cool and moist. These places include woodpiles and shrubs, as well as in landscaped areas where rodents and small mammals also find shelter.

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Ticks also prefer the shade and hide along wood or brush lines at the perimeters of your yard, as well as in tall grasses, leaf litter, and on tree limbs and branches. All it takes is a brisk walk past where these pests are hiding for them to jump onto you or your pet.

Once fleas and ticks make it from your yard to the people or pets who bring them indoors, they can quickly take root in your carpets and furniture. How can one flea multiply so fast? Female fleas can lay up to 2,000 eggs each.

How to Prevent Flea and Tick Infestations In Your Yard

Start your flea and tick infestation elimination strategy by mowing your lawn regularly.

Keep children’s play sets, sports equipment, and tree and dog houses away from wood or brush lines at the far edges of our property. That way children aren’t always playing in the areas these pests hang out.

When children and pets go exploring in the woods or in areas with tall grasses, make sure they wear insect repellant and long pants and tall socks to cover areas that fleas and ticks can latch on to. You can also inspect them quickly for the pests when they return home.

How a Pest Control in Memphis and North MS Can Help You Eliminate Fleas & Ticks In Your Yard

Companies that offer pest control in Memphis and North MS can provide flea and tick control treatments.

You want to hire a pest control company that hires experienced technicians who are trained to recognize a flea and tick problem in your yard.

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Lawn & Pest Solutions provides granular prevention for fleas three times a year starting in April with the last treatment in August. This equates to April, June, and August treatments.

For ticks, specifically, the company uses a mosquito control treatment plan that includes applications once a month starting in March and ending in October.

Fight Fleas and Ticks With Lawn & Pest Solutions

When tick and flea infestations get out of control, they can make life miserable for you, your pets, and your family.

To fight them, you must target their hangouts – on your pets, in your house, and in your yard.

We understand that controlling fleas and ticks can become overwhelming. Lawn & Pest Solutions wants to help you make the most informed and best decision in choosing the right pest control company for you. We are happy to take the time to assist you in comparing programs and prices.

Want to learn more about what it will cost to get those fleas and ticks out of your Memphis and North MS yard? Get started today with a free quote. We’ll review your options together so you can make a great choice. Then you can play catch with Spot in your backyard without worry.

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