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Flea And Tick Identification & Prevention

What are fleas and ticks?

Although different species, fleas (insects) and ticks (arachnids) have some things in common. Both fleas and ticks feed on the blood of mammals as their sole source of nutrition, can take over outdoor spaces, and pose a health risk to people and animals.

The most common type of flea in our region is the cat flea. These fleas are widespread and, despite their name, feed on a wide variety of animal hosts, including dogs, cats, rodents, raccoons, skunks, deer, and other wildlife.

Our area of Pennsylvania is home to many species of ticks, including Asian longhorn ticks, lone star ticks, deer ticks, and dog ticks. Like fleas, ticks feed on various animal hosts and thrive in Collegeville's outdoor spaces.

Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

Both fleas and ticks are blood-feeding pests capable of spreading pathogens through their feeding process that can make people ill. In addition, the bites fleas and ticks deliver can allow bacteria into your body that cause secondary infections. 

Ticks are well-known for spreading serious diseases, including Lyme disease. Flea bites are incredibly itchy, and these pests can spread parasitic tapeworms to people and animals. Flea and tick bites can also trigger serious allergic reactions in some people. 

Avoiding as much contact with fleas and ticks is always best for the health and safety of you, your kids, and your pets.

Why do I have a flea and tick problem?

Wildlife are the most common culprits that bring fleas and ticks to your yard. Fleas and ticks live and feed on the backs of animal hosts; as their hosts move across lawns, through wooded areas, and in and out of our homes, they bring these parasites with them. Once in your yard, they will remain there until they find a new host to attach themselves to, like you, a pet, or another wild animal. 

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