Your home is supposed to be the place where you can relax and enjoy your free time. When fleas and ticks invade your home, however, it no longer feels so safe and relaxing. These parasites can transmit Encephalitis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis. Some of these diseases are treatable, while others can be debilitating or even deadly.
And if your dog or other pet contracts one of these diseases, he or she will likely remain a carrier. Contrary to popular belief, not all flea and tick medications are enough to protect your pet. Your home needs a strong defense against fleas and ticks. The best flea control and tick prevention is made possible by adding a key ingredient to our mosquito control service that stops fleas and ticks from establishing themselves on your property. And fortunately, this service is surprisingly inexpensive.
Our Flea and Tick Inspection Process
The Barefoot flea and tick control service always begins with a thorough inspection of your home and property. During the inspection process, our licensed and trained technicians determine where the species are present, allowing us to select the appropriate treatment method for eliminating fleas and ticks.
The Most Effective Flea, Tick, and Chigger Treatment
We place a high priority on using pesticides sparingly. That means our methods involve more than just spraying your property. We address the real reasons fleas, ticks, and chiggers are on your property, and we aim to minimize pesticide persistence in the soil, waterways, and local habitats.
With our flea, tick, and chigger services, we take advantage of the large service area covered by Barefoot’s mosquito prevention service and add a key ingredient to stop fleas, ticks, and chiggers from establishing themselves on your property. Our flea, tick, and chigger prevention service is performed in conjunction with our mosquito control service. And it’s surprisingly inexpensive.
At Barefoot Mosquito , we believe in reducing negative impact to the environment as much as possible. We also believe that there should be a way to both protect people and pets from the dangers of ticks, fleas, and chiggers while reducing our impact on the environment. The Barefoot Mosquito solution uses 99% natural ingredients in an effort to reduce the usage of the pesticides.
We apply our solution as a mist, rather than a spray, which means it dries quickly. You can get back to your regular outdoor activities almost as soon as we finish up. And because our products are water repellent, you’ll enjoy long lasting results that withstand the weather.
Can You Handle Flea, Tick, and Chigger Elimination on Your Own?
Because ticks and fleas can transmit dangerous diseases, it’s unwise to try home remedies to get rid of fleas and ticks. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually recommends hiring a professional pesticide company when it comes to eliminating ticks from your property. However, there are several preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of an infestation including the following.
Removing leaf litter
Keeping your lawns mowed and removing tall grass from all areas of your property
Stacking wood neatly in dry areas away from your home
Keeping recreational equipment and toys away from trees and the edges of your yard
Building fences to keep unwelcome animals (deer, raccoons, etc.) out of your yard
Sealing gaps in your walls and foundation
Don’t Put Off Your Flea, Tick, & Chigger Treatment
If you find any sign of fleas or ticks on your pet on your property, don’t put off treatment. Flea and tick infestations can quickly get out of control, and the possible diseases your pet or family members could contract are too dangerous to risk.
How Do You know If You Have a Flea Infestation?
Fleas really become a problem when the weather warms up. When you notice the temperature rising, start observing your pets. Do they scratch more often than usual? This could indicate a flea problem. And pay attention to your own skin as well.
If you don’t have pets, it doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have fleas. Fleas also live under outbuildings, in attics, and in crawl spaces.
Sometimes when you have a flea infestation, you can actually see the fleas in your home or on your pet. You may also notice dried blood, empty egg cases, shed larval skins, and flea feces underneath carpets, furniture, and rugs. Adult fleas leave behind flea dirt with their feces. It looks like ground black pepper, and you’ll spot it in areas where you pet often lies down — the sofa, rug, bed, etc.
Once you suspect you’re dealing with a flea infestation, you need to quickly take action. These parasites are constantly multiplying, which means they’re always on the hunt for new hosts (you or your pets). The sooner you call Barefoot Mosquito Control, the easier (and less expensive) it will be to treat your infestation.
How Do You Know if You Have a Tick Infestation?
Ticks love trees, thick grass, and shrubs. It’s likely you have at least one area on your property that is a prime location for ticks. They also spend time in hidden spots in homes. Seal up gaps and crevices, and keep your grass cut short to prevent infestations.
If you notice any bumps while petting your dog, check to see if they are ticks. Likewise, check your own body as well as your children after spending time in your yard. Ticks favor the areas of your body where there are skin folds or areas covered with hair. If you find one tick on a pet or on a family member, be sure to check everyone in the family.
It’s tempting to want to grab the tweezers and yank a tick out as soon as you spot it, but hold on a minute. If you don’t remove the tick correctly, you may leave the head under your skin. Or you may crush the body, potentially releasing more dangerous fluids into the bloodstream. Instead, talk to your doctor for the best advice, and ask if you should schedule an appointment to test for potential illnesses spread by ticks.
How Can You Protect Your Dog from Fleas?
One of the best lines of defense against fleas begins with nutrition. Did you know fleas favor under-nourished hosts? Make sure you’re feeding your dog healthy food.
It’s also a good idea to regularly comb through your dog’s hair and inspect their skin. Pay close attention to bellies, armpits, and ears. If you see tiny bite marks (or the actual insects), talk to your vet about how to best get rid of the fleas on your dog.
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