Flea/Tick Control Houston McGrath Pest Control
Ticks on a dog
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

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

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 levels.
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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We use Bifenthrin
granules as part of our
"Flea Plus" program.  
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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 vacuum.

  • 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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In/Out Prep list.