Flea & Tick Identification Guide

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are both types of external parasites. They climb or jump onto their hosts, where they feed on their blood from the outside of their bodies. Fleas are small, wingless insects with narrow bodies and powerful back legs that they use to jump out of the way of danger or to jump onto a host.

a closeup of a tick on a broom handle

Ticks are arachnids; they have oval-shaped bodies, and are also wingless. Because they are unable to jump, they use their eight legs to climb up onto. Both fleas and ticks have specialized mouthparts that they use to bite and feed on the blood of their human or animal host.

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Both fleas and ticks can be dangerous to people and our pets, for a variety of reasons:

  • In Georgia, ticks carry and spread a variety of diseases, including anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Lyme disease.

  • Fleas carry and transmit a variety of parasites, including tapeworm, that they can pass on to people and animals.

  • An allergy to flea salvia is common in both people and animals. Those allergic to flea bites develop a red itchy rash.

  • Pets or animals with a large flea infestation may develop anemia that makes them weak and is potentially life-threatening.

In addition to the health risks that both fleas and ticks cause, both are difficult to control and have the potential to invade properties in large numbers.

Why do I have a flea & tick problem?

Fleas and ticks are both outdoor pests that find their way onto properties after being transported by their animal hosts. Rodents, deer, raccoons, skunks, and other animals, traveling across our yards while foraging for food, leave behind the unwanted gift of fleas and ticks.

Once living on your property, it is only a matter of time before you, your kids, or pets come into contact with them and then accidentally introduce them into your home. They also get inside on the backs of rodents or other animals that have invaded your house to nest. Fleas can hitchhike their way into homes on used furniture or rugs infested with their eggs or larvae.

Where will I find fleas & ticks?

Both fleas and ticks spend most of their lives on the backs of their animal hosts. Most species of ticks are incapable of breeding indoors, so if they’re not on a host, they will be outside waiting for a host to happen by that they can attach themselves to.

Fleas are capable of breeding indoors and causing large scale infestations. Inside, fleas, their larvae, and eggs hide in rugs, upholstered furniture, behind baseboards, in bedding, and in areas where pets spend there time. Outside, fleas that are waiting for a suitable host to come by, hide in sandy soil that is under shrubs, woodpiles, or leaf piles.

Outside, ticks hide in tall grass and dense vegetation located at the edges of wooded areas, roadside ditches, and along the sides of ponds or lakes and fence lines.

How do I get rid of fleas & ticks?

Get rid of fleas and ticks from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from fleas, ticks, and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate fleas, ticks, and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to fleas and ticks by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Reduce the number of wild animals living and foraging for food on your property.

  • Remove bird feeders from your property.

  • Keep locking or tight-fitting lids on trash cans and compost bins.

  • Seal up entry points in the foundation and exterior walls of your home that could allow rodents and other wild animals to move inside.

  • Do not bring used furniture or rugs into your house.

  • Regularly wash pet bedding and vacuum your home.

  • With the help of your veterinarian, place your pets on a year-round flea and tick control program.

  • Keep your grass cut short.

  • Cut vegetation back away from your home to allow the sun to hit and dry out the soil.

  • Remove areas of overgrown vegetation from your property.


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