Fleas and ticks are external parasitic pests that feed on the blood of people and animals. Both are small in size, but their bodies expand like a balloon after feeding. Fleas are insects, while ticks are not. Ticks are arachnids, a close relative of mites and spiders. The cat flea is the most common flea found in Providence, RI. The most common ticks found in Rhode Island are the American dog, brown dog, lone star, and black-legged ticks.
Both fleas and ticks are dangerous pests. They spread a wide range of diseases and parasites to both people and animals. Fleas are responsible for transmitting diseases and parasitic tapeworms. Their saliva can create an allergic reaction in some people and pets. Their bites are itchy and can cause severe itchy dermatitis. If a pet has a severe infestation, the flea’s constant feeding can cause anemia. Ticks are responsible for spreading a wide range of diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis.
Fleas and ticks are both introduced onto properties by wild animals that are passing through. These parasites feed on the blood of a wide variety of wild animals, including deer, rabbits, squirrels, mice, and raccoons. Once fleas are on your property it is only a matter of time before you, your kids, or pets come into contact with them.
Ticks are most commonly found living outside in areas of tall grasses, dense vegetation, in ditches, along ponds, or along the edges of woods. They hide out in these places waiting for a suitable host to happen by. Ticks can be introduced into a home on a person or pet, but most species won’t be able to live successfully inside. Brown dog ticks are the exception to this rule. They can complete their entire life cycle inside and can thrive in indoor environments.
Fleas live outside in shady, moist areas, including underneath shrubs, bushes, and deck areas. Fleas find their way into homes on pets or people’s clothing after they have spent time outside where fleas are present. Fleas can also find their way inside after purchasing used furniture or rugs that have fleas or their eggs on them. Unlike ticks, fleas live successfully inside. They are prolific breeders and an infestation of just a few fleas can quickly turn into a large scale infestation that overtakes your home.
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Doing the following in your home and around your property can help to prevent problems with fleas and ticks in the future:
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