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Fleas and ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on blood meals of animals and humans. Although generally known as outdoor pests, they sometimes will reside and breed indoors. Infestations of these pests are difficult to control; their life cycle dictates that they are long-lived(Fleas live for over a year, Ticks can live up to three years) and their offspring are miniscule, thereby allowing them to harbor in inaccessible areas.
Fleas and ticks are vectors of various diseases and should be dealt with at the first sign of infestation. Since the areas where people live are common harborages, fleas and ticks should be treated only by professionals. The pesticides need to be applied to all surrounding areas of infestation, so care must be taken to protect non-target animals (humans & pets) by proper application and re-entry times having been strictly adhered to. Pets should be constantly monitored to prevent re-infestation.
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Fleas can be introduced by humans, birds, rodents or other animals living or venturing outside, then returning indoors.
Only a small portion of the insects stay on the host for any length of time. Flea eggs drop off the animal, starting the infestation in the living area of your home.
Fleas can be carried throughout the house by anyone living or traveling in your home.
Exterior treatments, done at the proper time, can be of help. It is in no way the only answer to any possible infestation, but can minimize the possibility of having ticks enter your home; provided that you inspect yourself and pets regularly upon re-entering the home.
Treatments outside the home will do nothing to prevent an infestation indoors; if fact, insects are carried by wildlife also, so any other incursion by mice, squirrels, etc. can introduce the pest also.
In general, a tick infestation is not hard to see … constant evidence of ticks found in the house is the most common way of determining an infestation. Ticks are capable of laying a thousand or more eggs… evidence around baseboards or in furniture is common.
Only the black-legged tick (formerly known as the Deer tick) is a carrier of the pathogen. Other ticks carry other pathogens, like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc.