Interesting Facts About Pet Pests
When your family spends time together outdoors, it’s not just the kids that bring unwanted pests indoors. Your animal’s fur is a great place for pests like fleas and ticks to grab on to when your pet is exploring the yard.
Because fleas and ticks have a unique way of adapting, they can easily find and feed on mammals to survive. Read on for ticks!
- There are some species of ticks that have a preferred host, dogs. The American Dog Tick prefers a domestic dog, so this is the most common tick species that is brought into the home.
- A tick is easier to spot after it has had a meal. They can grow almost four times in size when they are engorged with blood.
- For a tick to find a host, it will clasp onto shrubs or grass with their back legs and then reach with their front legs to grab passing fur or clothing. Pest Control Arizona Mesa
- Wherever a tick attaches, it will crawl toward the head of the host. The skin around the neck and ears is thinner and also a spot harder for an animal to groom.
Read on for fleas
- Fleas can jump! 150 times higher than their own height, about eight feet!
- Fleas will remain on their host at all times, but are easily transferable to furniture, carpet, or other animals.
- There are over 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas. One species, the cat flea, is responsible for the majority of infestations in the US.
- It’s not always the dog! Fleas infest many animals like rodents and raccoons. If you have a rodent infestation, fleas may soon follow. Pest Control Arizona Mesa