Effectively controlling flea and tick populations starts with Meridian pest control. Southwest Idaho has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons, which provides ample conditions for different types of pests to thrive, from insects to wildlife. However, fleas and tick control are particularly important here, as both pests can carry disease-causing bacteria, which can result in long-lasting sickness.

Read on to learn about how fleas and ticks are similar and whether fleas and ticks can spread dangerous diseases to people and pets. We’ll also explain how fleas and ticks find their way to Meridian properties and the most effective way to keep fleas and ticks away from your property.

How Fleas And Ticks Are Similar

Aside from their small size, fleas and ticks share a single similarity: they both feed on the blood of people and animals. For both pests, blood is a necessary part of the breeding process.

Aside from this likeness, fleas and ticks are very different. Ticks are generally larger than fleas with flat bodies, while fleas resemble a mere dark spec, details of which are too small for the naked eye to see. 

More so than fleas, ticks tend to accidentally find their way inside homes and businesses. Honestly, these pests have little interest in infesting your home. On the other hand, fleas are far more likely to cause an infestation—and once they’ve made it inside, they’re challenging for home and property owners to attempt to eradicate on their own. 

Fleas And Ticks Can Spread Dangerous Diseases To People And Pets

Because fleas and ticks directly pierce the skin when they bite, they can transfer harmful bacteria through the blood and saliva exchange. 

Some of the diseases that ticks can spread include:

  • Anaplasmosis 
  • Babesiosis 
  • Ehrlichiosis 
  • Lyme’s disease
  • Powassan Virus disease
  • Tularemia 

Some of the diseases that fleas can spread include:

  • Bubonic plague
  • Murine typhus
  • Tungiasis
  • Tularemia  

Depending on which bacteria is contracted, it can result in mild sickness to lifelong symptoms.

How Fleas And Ticks Find Their Way To Meridian Properties

There are a few ways that fleas and ticks find their way into Meridian properties.  

Two of the most common ways are:

  1. On clothing or personal items like bags, backpacks, luggage, or purses may have inadvertently picked up these pests from public or outdoor places.
  2. On the fur of pets.

Ticks and fleas may also be attracted to your property. Yard spaces with overgrown grass, piles of leaves on the ground, and untrimmed shrubbery provide ample hiding places for these and other pests to hide and breed. Areas with many rocks and pebbles or wood chips can also attract fleas and ticks.

Outside of your property, the most common places to pick up fleas, in particular, are areas that see a high amount of foot traffic, such as airports, schools and daycare centers, and public transportation.

The Most Effective Way To Keep Fleas And Ticks Away From Your Property

Because of the bacteria they are known to carry, trying to get rid of fleas and ticks on your own can be dangerous—so leave it up to the professionals.

Affinity Pest Control is a local, family-and veteran-owned, and operated pest control business that’s been serving residents and businesses in Meridian and surrounding areas since 2020. We offer eco-friendly options and reliable service to keep your family and business safe from harmful area pests.

If you need help with fleas, ticks, or other pests, call Affinity Pest Control today at 208-210-3085.