The Most Effective Flea & Tick Control For Your Wilmington Property

October 7, 2020

Fleas and ticks have many similarities. The most noteworthy similarity is that both of these pests take a host. They don't crawl or hop into your yard. They are carried into your yard. So the focus of flea and tick control is often more about managing the activity of animals around a home rather than directly addressing fleas and ticks. Though there are a few things you can do to directly reduce flea and tick populations. Here are a few quick and effective methods for getting control of ticks on your Wilmington Property.

a deer tick crawling on a leaf

Wildlife Deterrents

There are many animals that can bring these bugs into your yard, everything from an itty bitty mouse to a large deer. Each animal has its own list of attractants. Here are a few to consider.

  • Address any conditions that cause water to collect in your yard.
  • Keep your trash in secure containers that cannot be tipped over or opened up.
  • Keep your grass trimmed and remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping.
  • Install fencing around food sources, such as gardens, berry bushes, and fruit trees.
  • If you have bird feeders, move them far from your exterior walls.
  • Move firewood at least 20 feet from your home.

After you've addressed attractants, take the time to consider potential sites of habitation. If an animal makes a den or a nest on your property, you'll have more ticks and fleas.

  • Apply chicken wire or some other type of fencing to prevent animals from seeking harborage under your stairs, decks, porch, or some other structure.
  • Remove objects from your yard that animals can hide under.
  • Repair holes in structures to prevent animals from getting inside.
  • Remove access points to structures, such as trees that hang over rooflines.

Tick And Flea Habitat Management

When fleas and ticks are dropped near your home, they will need moisture to survive. Landscaping can be a vulnerable area because it stays moist. If you reduce moisture, you can make your landscaping more resistant.

  • Water your plants in the early morning if you're able. The sun will dry the moisture and keep your topsoil from staying damp.
  • Have your gutters cleaned. Clogged gutters can lead to ground saturation near your home.
  • Remove plants from your landscaping to provide better airflow. This allows the wind to keep your plants dry.

Exterior Protection

Most animals will bring fleas and ticks into your yard but stop short of bringing them into your home. This is not the case with mice and rats. Do routine inspections of your exterior to identify potential entry points and apply products to seal those cracks, gaps, or holes.

Products For Your Pets

If you have a dog or a cat, you know that you are more susceptible to flea and tick infestations, especially if your pet goes outside. Keep these tips in mind.

  • Find out from a veterinarian if a flea and tick collar is right for your pet, and for your family.
  • Consider creating a fenced-in play area for your dog(s) if you don't have one.
  • Do a routine tick check. Feel for bumps on the skin, check the ears and check between the toes.
  • Watch for scratching and itching and do routine flea checks. Run a comb through the fur or hair of your pet and look for flea dirt or the presence of fleas.

What To Do When An Infestation Occurs

These pests can be difficult to exterminate, and they can pose a serious health threat. Contact Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators for fast, effective control. Our licensed pest professionals will make sure no bugs remain in your Wilmington area home.

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