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Fleas & Ticks

As the weather gets warmer, we start to spend more time outdoors. And while that’s great for us, it also means that fleas and ticks come out in full force. These pests can not only be a nuisance, but they can also transmit diseases to both humans and animals.


Fleas are small, dark brown insects that feed on the blood of animals. They can jump long distances and are often found in areas where pets sleep or spend time. Fleas can cause a number of problems for both humans and animals, including skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even anemia.


Ticks are larger than fleas and are usually dark brown or black. They attach themselves to animals or humans and feed on their blood. Ticks can not only cause infection on the skin but also carry many dangerous diseases that if not treated could in fact cause death!

Common Flea & Tick Diseases

There are many diseases that fleas and ticks can cause for your pets or children. Some of these diseases include:


1. Lyme disease – Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fever, rash, and joint pain.  If left untreated can cause permanent damage.


2. Rocky Mountain spotted fever – Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tick-borne illness that can be deadly if not treated promptly. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical, as the disease can progress rapidly.  Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever typically appear 3-12 days after a person is bitten by an infected tick. The most common symptom is a sudden, severe headache. Other early symptoms may include fever, nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, and lack of energy. A few days after the onset of these symptoms, a distinctive rash may develop, beginning on the wrists and ankles and spreading to the palms and soles. The rash may eventually spread to the rest of the body.


3. Anaplasmosis – Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease that can infect both animals and humans. The most common symptom of anaplasmosis is fever, but the disease can also cause other symptoms such as headache, muscle pain, chills, and nausea. If left untreated, anaplasmosis can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia or meningitis.


These are just some of the many diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit to your pets or children. It is important to get your pet treated for fleas and ticks on a regular basis and to check them for these pests regularly. If you think your pet or child may have been exposed to fleas or ticks, contact your veterinarian or doctor immediately.

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If your yard is infested with fleas and ticks, Elite Home Services can help. We will come to your home and treat your yard so that the fleas and ticks are eliminated. This will make your yard a safer place for you and your family to spend time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.