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 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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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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