Philadelphia’s Flea and Tick Season: Protecting Your Home, Family, and Pets
Philadelphia has two different flea and tick seasons, and if you aren’t careful, you could leave your pets or your house vulnerable to the dangers that fleas and ticks bring. In this blog, we will outline what the fall flea and tick season looks like in the Philadelphia area and how to best protect your pets and your home.
When Is Tick Season?
Tick season starts around Memorial Day in the spring, runs through the summer, and ends around October. Many people divide it into two seasons because depending on the area, they can become more dormant in the middle of summer. They become active in the fall again because this is when many of the larvae hatch and start feeding.
What Are the Most Common Ticks to Find in Pennsylvania?
Dermacentor Variables is the most commonly found tick in Pennsylvania and has earned the nickname “The American Dog Tick.” They commonly feed on household pets and are only 3/16th of an inch long.
Rhipicephalus sanguineus is another commonly found tick in Pennsylvania. This tick lives in tall grasses, and when tracked into your house, they can live out their entire lives inside bouncing from host to host. Having a pest control service is crucial to make sure your house is free of these pests.
How Can Tick Bites Be Prevented?
Tick bites can be dangerous due to the many pathogens they carry, so it’s important to be diligent when preparing for activities outside and when checking for ticks at the end of the day. 50% of ticks come from your own backyard, so it’s important to mow your lawn regularly and remember to always check your pets after letting them outside. Ticks are most commonly found in wooded and grassy areas, so keeping your and your pet’s time short in these types of places is beneficial. If you’re outside, it’s always a good habit to look down and check your legs to make sure no ticks are crawling up.
Why Is It Important to Prevent Tick Bites?
Ticks carry many extremely harmful diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These ailments can cause paralysis and illness in adults, young children, and pets. Ticks are small and hard to spot if you aren’t looking for them, so they can stay hidden on you or your pets for days at a time, increasing exposure.
PCT Has Your Back!
Checking for ticks is important, but many ticks are small and therefore extremely hard to find. To give yourself ease of mind, you can hire a professional pest control service as a preventative measure! Pest Control Technicians has been serving the Philadelphia area for years and wants to help YOU keep your home safe.
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