Tips to Reduce Pests:
- Make sure pets are flea and tick free – consult your vet.
- Cut grass and remove excessive debris in yard.
- Vacuum thoroughly inside along cracks, baseboards, under furniture, and pet bedding.
- Be especially thorough where pets hang out using the edger tool.
- Dispose of vacuum bag in the trash outside. Seal the bag with tape.
- Reduce moisture and humid conditions.
CONTACT a professional at The Bug Lady for treatment
They have dark bodies with well-developed legs, which allows them to be great jumpers. They are more common then dog fleas. They may be found on dogs or cats. Fleas nest in areas where dust or organic debris accumulates, for example behind dressers where dust balls, hair, fingernails and dried skin accumulate.
They are usually found in a humid environment, such as in a home with an evaporative-cooler. They are fairly uncommon in desert climates.
Flea larva are small, active, maggot like creatures and they feed on organic debris. A mature larva is 1/8 ” long.
Brown Dog Ticks
These ticks are reddish-brown in color when not engorged. They are 1/8″ long. The male and female look alike, before she feeds. Once engorged she enlarges to look like a gray raisin size pest. Brown Dog Ticks are one of the most widely distributed ticks in the world. The most common host is the domestic dog. They are not typically found on people. The females lay 500+ eggs at one time, so left unattended they multiply rapidly. They are often found on the dog or in cracks and crevices near where the pets hang out.
The most common ticks originate from deer and squirrels. The best way to combat these ticks is prevention. We recommend you contact your vet to determine which preventative best suits your cat or dog. The Bug Lady does offer a Flea and Tick service when there is an active flea/tick infestation but recommends that this service be in combination with the prevention that your vet recommends.
American Dog Ticks
Although dogs are the preferred host, these ticks readily feed on other animals, including humans. They spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They are the most distributed species in U.S., and are not particularly common in desert climates. They cannot complete their life cycle indoors, so they seldom infest inside the house.