Flea/Tick Control Houston McGrath Pest Control
Dog Tick

Ticks are part of the arachnid family and most ticks have a hard
body shell, elongated mouthparts, and eight legs in the nymph and
adult stages. Ticks do not fly or jump. They live in tall grass, leaf
litter and shrubs.

The life cycle of the tick requires 2 years to complete.  The adult
female ticks drop off their hosts (white-tailed deer are the host for
the blacklegged ticks) and lay approximately 2,000 eggs in the
spring.  These eggs hatch into larvae later in the summer.  The
larvae then feed on mice and other small mammals.  Once they
feed, the larvae are inactive until the next spring when they turn
into nymphs.  Nymphs then feed in late spring and early summer,
and become adults. In the fall, adults attach to and feed on hosts
such as dogs, cats, white-tailed deer and humans. The adult
females mate, drop off their hosts and lay their eggs in the spring
as the cycle starts again.

Most cases of Lyme Disease are transmitted by the bite of an
infected blacklegged tick during the nymphal stage in the spring
and summer.  Infected adult ticks can also transmit the bacteria that
causes Lyme Disease into the fall.

Adult ticks only die after they live their two year cycle; adult female
ticks die once they lay their eggs in the early spring, and adult male
ticks die after they mate in the late fall.

Ticks do not die off in the winter months.  Since ticks live in tall
grasses, leaf litter, shrubs, trees, and the like, they are protected
from the cold temperatures.  If the tick does not find a suitable host
by winter they may continue to search for blood to feed on
throughout the winter.  Ticks continue to feed whenever the
temperature is above 35 degrees.

Flea infestations are most likely to occur during the warm, moist
months of the year. Long before you notice the problem the flea
population may be building up where your pet normally rests. The
population, in the form of eggs, larvae, and pupae has been
building up all year long, but rapid development into biting adults is
not completed until the temperature and humidity rise to needed
An allergic animal will lose hair, frequently around the base of the
tail, and may repeatedly bite and scratch the area, sometimes until
it becomes raw. Thus, even though humans are not bothered at all,
the family pet may be in distress.

Fleas are attracted to some people more than others. Some people
are allergic to the flea saliva and experience distress even though
they are not getting bitten any more often than anyone else.
Particularly sensitive people suffer intense itching for up to a week
and sometimes come down with a generalized rash.
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Inside flea treatment prep list:

  • Pick up all clothes and toys from the ground.

  • Remove and wash all bedding. Including all pets bedding or sleeping blankets.

  • Vacuum and/or sweep all floor areas being treated. Throw away bag or clean out

  • Remove all animals from home while being treated.  It is encouraged to have them
    washed and dipped at this time.

  • Please vacate property for at least an hour or two after treatment is performed.  
    Make sure all surface areas are dry before returning.

  • Upon returning vacuum and/or sweep all treated areas again. Throw away or
    clean out vacuum.  Repeat this step for the next three days.

Outside flea treatment prep list:

  • Have grass areas mowed before treatment date.

  • Do not water grass areas 12 hours before and 24 hours after treatment.

  • Keep all kids and animals off grass areas until completely dry. Usually about an
    hour or two.

On most occasions both the flea inside and flea outside require a two
application treatment. This is to insure the breaking up of the flea life cycle and
prevent further infestations.
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