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Often lumped into one category when considering pest control, the differences between ticks and fleas are vast and various. While they are both pesky parasites to be aware of, their life cycles, habits, and even the diseases they carry vary significantly.   Here’s the lowdown on the differences and dangers of both of these pests as well as what to do to prevent them.

Pets easily become part of the family, and you want to make sure that they are living safe and happy lives. One way to protect your cats and dogs is to be aware of the types of pests that can do them harm, and then practice proper pest control to care for them. Here are some of the most common problems for pets that may require pest control help in the Houston area: Fleas One of the most pest breeds associated with pets are fleas. Cats and dogs are so often allergic to the saliva of fleas that, if left untreated, they develop rashes and scratch their own skin excessively. Some dogs and cats will scratch flea bites so that their skin becomes raw, red, and can even become infected. Treat your dog or cat with vet-recommended flea baths or collars to keep fleas away. If your home is infested, you’ll likely need the help of a pest control professional.

When we bring pets into our homes, they very quickly becomes part of the family. But when your pet bring fleas into the house? Those aren’t quite as welcome. A flea infestation is not necessarily a sign of a dirty or unkempt home. If someone living nearby has a flea infestation, your pet can easily make your home vulnerable as well.

It’s summertime and there is nothing worse than watching your pet itch and scratch for hours on end. Fleas are out in abundance this time of year and it is up to you to protect your home and pet from these bloodsuckers.

First, let's start with a little bit about the life history of the flea: Fleas must have blood in order to reproduce. All fleas go through four stages of life. The eggs are laid on your animal and then drop from the animal and hatch out to a maggot-like larvae. After two weeks the larvae are full grown and spin cocoons in which they change into the pupae stage. This stage can last anywhere from one to eight weeks before hatching into adult fleas.

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