The Secret To Effective Flea & Tick Control For Your Monterey Bay Area Property

Ticks and fleas are common in the Monterey Bay area. They're so common, it's easy to forget that they can be a threat to our health. Both ticks and fleas can spread harmful diseases. They're not born with these diseases. They pick them up from animals, such as the mice and rats that like to get into our homes. When a flea or tick bites a rodent, it can become infected with a disease-causing organism. When the same flea or tick bites you, it can transmit disease to you.

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But disease doesn't always come from a bite, and a bite may not lead to the spread of disease. If a tick is caught early and removed, disease can be prevented. Furthermore, you may get a flea-borne disease, such as Murine typhus, without ever being bitten. This disease is picked up from contact with flea dirt. And you may get Bartonella from the saliva of your cat if your cat has been bitten by an infected flea. So disease prevention isn't as simple as preventing bites. The best way to prevent bites is to reduce or eliminate flea and tick populations around your home. The secret to getting control of fleas and ticks can be summed up in one word: Wildlife. Here's what you need to know.

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Fleas and ticks don't come into your yard on their own. They're carried into your yard by wild animals. And some animals are more proficient at bringing these parasites into your yard than others. Mice and rats are a unique threat in that they don't just bring fleas and ticks into your yard; they can also bring them into your home. The best way to get control of fleas and ticks is to get control of wildlife.

Animals In Your Yard

There are many reasons animals come into your yard. If you reduce the reasons an animal would want to hang out on your property, you can reduce your chances of having lots of fleas and ticks in your yard.

  • Put fencing around food sources such as fruit trees, berry bushes, and gardens.

  • Use fencing to prevent animals from using voids underneath decks, porches, and other external structures for harborage.

  • Make sure you keep your trash in containers that have lids.

  • Make sure your trash containers can't be knocked over by mid-sized animals.

  • Keep your grass trimmed and remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping.

  • Remove lawn clutter that rodents will use as hiding places.

  • Pick up dog droppings; Rats sometimes eat dog excrement.

Birds

When you think of animals that can bring ticks into your yard, you may not consider birds; but you should. One bird may have as many as a hundred seed ticks on its body. If you have bird feeders near your home, consider moving them to at least 20 feet from your exterior. This will reduce the number of ticks birds may drop near your home. It will also reduce rodent activity. Seeds are an appetizing food source for rodents.

Moisture

When fleas or ticks are deposited near your home, they will thrive if they are dropped in a moist environment. You can make it harder for these pests to develop into a threat if you take time to address moisture issues.

  • Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and working properly.

  • Make sure you have no leaky spigots or hoses.

  • Trim bushes and remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping to allow the air to dry your topsoil after watering.

  • Water your plants in the early morning so that the sun has plenty of time to dry the moisture before nightfall.

Entry Points

When animals explore your exterior, you don't want them to find ways inside to leave fleas and ticks around. If you seal entry points, you'll have a better chance of keeping animals out of your Bay Area home. Do a detailed inspection of your foundation walls. Seal gaps around pipes and wire conduits. Seal cracks in concrete and chipped mortar around bricks. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps around door and window frames, and fill in holes created by wood-destroying pests.

Flea And Tick Treatments

You don't have to fight fleas and ticks alone. Remember that the team at Smith's Pest Management is available to help you reduce these pests with routine treatments. Our team members are also experts in rodent and wildlife control. Reach out to us. We can help.

 

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