Ticked Off!

Who else is ticked off by the tick population this year? I know I am! I’m attributing all the activity we are currently having to the rainfall. Here is my theory-  First, we had a drought (worst in over 100 years). Then, out of desperation, several animals (squirrels, possums, skunks, birds) who ALL need water decided to come toward the houses to get water from the last resource of water; sprinklers, pools, etc… Finally, we had an influx of rain; more than we’ve had in a very long time. This rainfall caused all of these animals to find shelter around in or around our houses. These animals carry fleas, ticks and other parasites on them and sure enough many of them fall off into our yards. Our company has received many phone calls regarding ticks these last few months. I’ve decided to write about them to bring you into the loop and give you the scoop on controlling ticks. First thing you want to do is make sure that all of your grass, bushes, and trees are tightly trimmed. This will ensure that the ticks don’t have a lot of places to hide and it will make it difficult for them to climb up onto your pets. It will also make sure that the pest control company treating the yard is able to effectively make contact with them during treatment. It is also important to make sure that you have as little of items as possible on the exterior of your home. Items outside can harbor rodents and other animals as your items become quick hiding places for them from the elements or even their home during the night. Keep things away from the walls. After the home is nicely trimmed and items are removed, that is where Wow Pest Control comes in. It’s very important to have pest control services completed monthly on the home to keep ticks under control. Monthly service rather than bimonthly is necessary as ticks are part of the spider family. They are a kill on contact pest. They don’t groom themselves. This means that they have to come into contact directly with the pest control materials while wet. They have to be sprayed directly. Monthly service will ensure that ticks are being treated frequently enough to minimize activity on your property. Once every other month will not be sufficient. The most important thing to do at the same exact time as service is to treat your dog, cats, or pets with a flea/tick prevention medicine at the same exact time as treatment. This will discourage the ticks or fleas from living on your pet. A popular method I’m hearing is a treatment in the form of a pill. Many of our customers have told us about a pill that is recommended by Vets to prevent ticks/fleas from nesting on pets. The pill or other treatments like frontline or advantage will make it so they can’t stay on your pet. They try to feed on them but quickly drop off as the medicine won’t allow them to stay on them. It’s always best to consult your veterinarian prior to putting your pet on a treatment program. If you don’t have service already and have pets, call us for monthly service. We will do everything we can to help control your property from ticks. Our goal is to always deliver a “Wow Experience” at every service. Call us at 661-418-7378 or visit us at www.wowpest.com for more information about how we can help you solve your pest problems.


By Samuel de Jong

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