Ticks, Fleas, and Spiders – Spring Pest Issues
While many pests emerge in the spring, few leave a mark like ticks, fleas, and ugh spiders. Keep reading as we discuss these three varieties of bloodsuckers.
Do They Spread Disease?
Both ticks and fleas are known to spread various diseases; Ticks can transmit the pathogen that causes Limes Disease. Fleas can spread the plague. While both have a list of conditions they can spread, their bites, which often itch, can be a source of secondary infections.
Spiders are not known to spread disease to humans, though some of their bites are medically dangerous. Those belong to the Blackwidow and brown recluse spiders. Other spiders may not carry the same punch as the black widow and the brown recluse; their bites are none-the-less still painful and can cause medical issues, including secondary infection.
In short, you want to avoid contact with ticks, fleas, and spiders.
Where Do You Encounter Ticks, Fleas, and Spiders?
Ticks find you. They will climb out on the end of long branches that brush you as you walk past it. When that happens, the tick catches a ride on your clothing or in your hair. They work their way along until they find a patch of skin, and then they bite you. You can also find ticks when you sit in the grass or on leaves.
One way to keep ticks away from your yard is to keep the shrubs and bushes trimmed back. You can also focus on keeping leaves cleaned up and the grass mowed.
Fleas come from many sources, including pets. Many times we walk through a hatching of fleas, and they leap onto our shoes or pants. They may linger long enough for us to bring them into the house.
Rodents are another way that fleas get into the house.
Spiders are both indoors and outdoors. Spiders come inside to look for mates, find shelter, and find food. Common spiders, such as the long-legged cellar spider, are found almost everywhere; Black widow and brown recluse spiders tend to like quiet places. Wolf spiders wander into homes looking for mates. The males travel around on foot and explore areas where females might live.
Some spiders get into your home because you brought them in on you, in houseplants, that box of ornaments from the garage, or they crawled in under a door or through an open window.
Handling Spring Pests
The best way to handle spring pests is through an on-going pest service contract. As the weather changes, more pests emerge. Right now, the list includes mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, spiders, rodents, and mammals. As the spring season progresses, more pests will appear. Those include wasps, flies, gnats, biting flies, house flies, snakes, birds, bats, and wildlife. By the time summer gets here, the pest season is in full swing. A monthly service contract helps keep pest populations around your home or business at a minimum.
Learn more about stopping pests before they bug you but giving us a call. We offer emergency service and on-going support throughout the Bryan and College Station Communities.