Fleas and ticks are commonly found on pets, but they can also find their way into your house even if you don’t have a dog or cat. They can find their way inside on new carpet or furniture or clothing. Fleas and ticks are a growing problem because they’re becoming increasingly resistant to traditional treatments. Our team of experienced exterminators can help keep you and your pets safe from flea and tick infestation. And Hughes Pest Control of Reston, VA also services the surrounding communities of Herndon, Chantilly, McLean, Oakton and beyond.
Fleas feed on the blood of humans and animals. Fleas are found on humans, pets, and wild animals. They leave behind an itchy, raised, red mark and can cause an allergic reaction. They also carry diseases such as typhoid fever and the Bubonic Plague. They transport tapeworms as well. Fleas have strong legs and can jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. They lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime, and they reach full maturity in 5 days. They sometimes attach to your pet before mating and produce even more eggs. The cycle will continue to be repeated until an intervention is achieved.
Ticks are usually found on dogs and in the yard. Just like fleas, ticks feed on the blood of humans and animals. They attach themselves to their host and can be tricky to remove. They carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. There are a variety of tick species, including the brown dog tick, American dog tick, lone star tick, and deer or blacklegged tick.
Flea and tick treatments differ and should be left to professionals. If you have a flea or tick infestation or want to prevent one, contact Hughes Pest Control for help.