Information about: Fleas & Ticks

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Fleas

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Description

  • Size: 1/8 inch
  • Color: very dark
  • Wingless
  • Three pairs of legs
  • Immature stage looks like a small white worm with a dark head
  • Eggs are small and white

Habitat

  • Cooler and drier weather brings a reduction in the number of households with fleas
  • House pets usually carry small flea populations throughout the winter
  • The pets carry much larger populations in the spring and summer

Life Cycle of Fleas

  • Females lay eggs in the pet’s hair
  • The eggs drop off and hatch into tiny, hairy, worm-like larvae
  • The larva is usally found where the pet sleeps, along baseboards, in carpets, or on furniture
  • Larvae pupate and new adults emerge
  • New adults seek a host immediately and must get a blood meal to survive and produce eggs

Control

  • Vacuum the pet’s bedding, rugs, and resting areas frequently

Ticks

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Identification

  • About 5 mm long
  • Short stout mouthparts
  • Reddish-brown color

Life History of Ticks

  • Ticks pass through three feeding stages: the larva, nymph, and adult
  • After feeding on a host, a tick becomes engorged with blood and drops from the host
  • Once in a protected place, immature ticks molt to the next stage, and females produce eggs after their final meal

Control

  • Avoid tick infested areas such as tall grass and dense vegetation
  • Walk in the center of trails and acoid brushing against weeds and tall grass
  • Keep grass and underbrush cut and thinned
  • Wear light colored clothing so ticks can be found easily
  • Tuck pant legs into socks so ticks stay on the outside of pants
  • Conduct tick checks on children and pets every 4 hours
  • Use tick repellents that contain at least 30% DEET
  • Ask your veterinarian to reccommend tick controls for your pets
  • Treat your lawn with an approved pesticide for tick control

Removing Ticks

  • Remove with tweezers or by wrapping the tick in tissue paper and pulling out with fingers
  • DO NOT twist or jerk, and pull slowly to avoid leaving the mouthparts in the wound
  • DO NOT use nail polish, petroleum jelly, alcohol, or hot matches
  • Wash the wound with an antiseptic after the tick is removed
  • Treatment Preparation Sheet
  • Vacuum all rugs and floors before treatment.
  • Remove all children’s toys or items they put in their mouth from the floor.
  • Cover or put away all exposed food, dishes, pots, pans, and utensils.
  • Strip all beds.
  • Turn off all air conditioning units, central heating units, and fans.
  • Unplug and cover all fishtanks.
  • Remove and wash all pet bedding or sleeping areas.
  • Remove all pet food and toys from the floor.
  • Have all pets treated for the fleas or ticks, and remove from premises during treatment.

After Treatment

  • Open all windows and let rooms ventilate.
  • Wipe down all counter tops and flat surfaces.
  • Next day, revacuum all areas that were treated.

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