In South Florida, it’s always tick and flea season. Keeping your four-legged family members happy and healthy can be more challenging than in other cooler parts of the country. Warm, humid subtropical conditions with lush vegetation and the wide spectrum of wildlife contribute to the potential for many tick and flea associated diseases in the Greater Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach areas.
Our pet-friendly programs are an important feature in our Healthy Home guarantee
Hulett Environmental Services’ pet-friendly pest control program keeps fleas and ticks out of your home and off your favorite family members, your pets. Our Healthy Home approach to pest control uses materials designed for low concentration applications to effectively eliminate small insects, without harming people or pets. We customize our treatments to your home, often using the same ingredients to treat your home’s interior and exterior as your pet care provider offers in flea and tick prevention for your pets.
Hulett’s proactive pest control programs are designed to not only address current flea and tick issues but also to prevent fleas and ticks moving forward. Because fleas and ticks carry deadly diseases, Hulett urges pet owners to contact a pest control professional as soon as possible with flea infestations and tick trouble.
Fleas carry several diseases that can affect humans and pets.
While fleas are generally just considered a persistent nuisance; these vectors also can cause several diseases in animals and humans, including:
- Mycoplasma haemofelis
Infecting red blood cells, M. haemofelis, a bacterial disease is spread to cats through flea, ticks and mosquito bites. M. haemofelis causes fever and anemia primarily in cats but may also affect humans with compromised immune systems, due to bacteria attacking red blood cells.
Tapeworms are a commonly known intestinal parasite. Children, dogs and cats may get tapeworms from accidentally swallowing diseased adult fleas. Easily treated in both humans and pets with an injection in pets and orally in humans, a drug, praziquantel dissolves the tapeworm in the intestines.
- Murine typhus
Another disease carried by cats that affects humans, murine typhus, is confined to Texas and California. While rats are the main carriers, cats coming into contact with diseased fleas can transmit Rickettsia typhi bacteria to humans. Murine typhus causes flu-like symptoms, followed by a rash beginning in the trunk of your body that spreads to your arms and legs. Murine typhus, should be treated as soon as possible as typhus can be fatal if ignored.
Generally, fleas cause a great deal of discomfort. Pets scratching flea bites can break the skin and cause secondary infections. Flea allergy dermatitis can make your pet itchy and miserable, causing excessive licking and scratching at the bite site or all over your pet’s body. Ticks present more dangerous health issues in pets.
Ticks can cause many serious diseases that can affect you and your pets
Most pet owners are more familiar with life-threatening diseases, such as:
- Lyme disease
The most commonly reported tick related disease, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, Lyme disease is thought to be transmitted by the blacklegged tick in Florida. In dogs and cats, Lyme disease can cause joint swelling, lameness, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy and loss of appetite. In rare cases, severe progressive kidney disease can occur.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)
Considered the most severe tick-inflicted disease in the US, RMSF can be misdiagnosed, due to its flu-like symptoms in humans. Mainly transmitted by the American dog tick in Florida, untreated cases of RMSF can affect organs and lead to death. Dogs exhibit flu-like symptoms in addition to depression and edema. In advanced cases, pneumonia, heart arrhythmia and renal failure can all be fatal to dogs.
- Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis
Ehrlichiosis, transmitted by the lone star tick and anaplasmosis, transmitted by the black-legged tick resembles Rocky Mountain spotted fever with flu-like symptoms and rashes. Anaplasmosis can cause allergic reactions to cats and red meat in humans. Most ehrlichiosis cases are brought into Florida from other states and are difficult to diagnose due to their similarities to other diseases.
Flea infestations require the attention of trained professionals working in conjunction with pet owners
While it’s tempting to try to tackle your flea infestation on your own, most commercial flea bombs, foggers and sprays prove ineffective, as they kill fleas in the immediate area but cannot penetrate to all areas where fleas can hide.
Trained and licensed professional pest control technicians, such as Hulett’s team of pest experts, use the most effective, pet friendly materials and methods to disrupt flea reproduction cycles, eliminating all four life stages of fleas inside and outside your home.
Flea and tick elimination and prevention is a collaborative effort
To successfully eliminate fleas, pet owners and pest control professionals need to work together. Pet owners need to provide flea and tick preventive treatments to their pets to eliminate the source of the infestation. Pet owners should make the following part of their ongoing efforts:
- Thoroughly vacuum carpets, rugs, upholstery and pet bedding and then remove cleaner bags from your home.
- Launder all pet bedding and pet toys.
- Outside your home, eliminate all debris and clean pet lounging areas.
- Keep grass trimmed.
In the battle against ticks, pet owners should keep the following points in mind for their own safety and the safety of their family members and pets.
- Pet owners can wear long-sleeve shirts and pants when walking through tall grass and in wooded areas.
- Check their pets, as well as themselves for ticks when returning from walks.
- Wear insect repellant when outdoors.
- Keep grass trimmed and your property clutter-free.
Exclusive to South Florida, Hulett Environmental Services works for you and your loved ones, including your pets, to quickly resolve all of your flea and tick issues, as well as all other household pest concerns in a pet friendly approach to a Healthy Home. It’s our guarantee!