Dogs and cats most often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or by spending time outdoors. Most pets experience itching from fleas, but some sensitive animals can have more severe reactions such as hair loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Flea saliva can also cause anemia, dermatitis, and facilitate the transfer of tapeworms. Because of fleas’ ability to jump great heights, they are easily able to hitchhike into homes while hidden in the fur of family pets. Once inside, fleas quickly multiply and infest bedding, furniture and clothing. Fleas can quickly become a big problem, and prevention is the best way for pet owners to avoid a major headache.
ProTech’s Flea & Tick Program
There are a wide variety of products available for tick control, most notably products containing permethrin. ProTech uses a newer combination of two pyrethroid chemistries consisting of Bifenthrin and Zeta-Cypermethrin. We have found that the efficacy and the residual of the two chemistries to work better than Permethrin alone.
- An Initial Intensive Service / Treatment
- Followed by Monthly Maintenance Treatments
- The Service Period is usually April thru September (mother nature determines the start and finish)
Reduce Tick Populations
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in the warmer months when ticks are most active. There are some landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick populations:
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (also discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
Protect Yourself From Ticks
Reducing tick populations on your property is a good start to protecting your family from tick bites. But you can not control all tick populations, these are some personal protective measures that can help reduce the opportunity for tick bites:
- Wear light-colored clothing to easily spot ticks.
- Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas.
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
- Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
- Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill ticks.