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Flea and Tick Prevention

According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease affects more than 300,000 people each year.
Today an expert in pest control from Truly-Nolen came by to help educate us on the importance of preventing fleas and ticks from getting in your home.

According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease affects more than 300,000 people each year. Ticks carry pathogens and can transmit more than 11 diseases like Lyme disease. As the most common pest of domesticated dogs, tick often enter the home via family pets, so identification and treatment is key.

The adult flea should also be taken seriously by more than just animals. These reddish brown to black nuisances were responsible for the Black Plague that killed over 100 million people during the 14th century and can lay between 300-800 eggs in a 21 day gestation period.

Some suggestions for dealing with adult fleas and ticks include:

· Protect yourself when outdoors. Wear long pants tucked into your socks or boots. Use an insect repellent on pant legs and footwear.

· Remove any wildlife nesting and organic debris in or under your property.

· Keep pets from entering densely wooded areas and conduct regular tick checks.

· Quickly treat any pets that might have a flea or tick infestation. A veterinarian may be required to control fleas or ticks on heavily infested animals.

· Vacuum or steam clean infested areas. Often fleas live indoors in carpets so a thorough cleaning is necessary.
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