Would you believe that Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation for flea and tick problems? If you’ve seen them in and around your home, that probably doesn’t surprise you. Recent rainfalls have amplified flea and tick populations, creating problems for more than just pet owners in Oklahoma. Unlike larger insects and pests, fleas are very small and extremely agile, capable of jumping 150 times its own height, which makes them exceptionally difficult to treat.
A female flea can lay more than 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, and may consume 15 times her own body weight in blood daily to keep up with the physical demands of laying so many eggs. With stable access to hosts such as pets, flea populations can expand rapidly, which means itchy, irritating bites for your family and pets.
Ticks are another bloodsucker that isn’t as populated as fleas but can be just as bothersome. There are many species of ticks in Oklahoma and this upcoming season is predicted to be especially prosperous for all of them. Ticks are more commonly found on dogs than cats, but they will latch on to any unsuspecting victim and can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If you notice a tick on yourself or someone else, do not try to remove it by hand. Using tweezers, seize the tick close to the skin and gently pull.
As we brace for a particularly rough season of fleas and ticks, consider OKC Mosquito Militia for extermination and prevention services in the Edmond, OK, area. Call today to learn how you can defend your home from flea and tick infestations.