How to Prevent Fleas & Ticks
Serving Chicago Illinois and Indiana
Many people come to us asking how to prevent fleas & ticks in Illinois & Indiana. This is a good thing because it’s much easier to prevent dealing with ticks and fleas than to control them once you’re in the middle of an infestation. If you’re looking for the best tick and flea prevention strategies, read on. The experts at Anderson Pest Solutions are happy to help!
Preventing Ticks & Fleas
These pests can be nuisances, but prevention is easy when you take the right precautions. These include:
- Wearing protective clothing: Keep exposed skin to a minimum when walking around in areas with lots of vegetation or tall grass.
- Using bug sprays: You should apply insect repellent to areas of exposed skin that you choose to leave. Sprays with at least 20% deet work very well against ticks.
- Keeping a neat yard: Ticks and fleas both like to find shelter in natural hiding spaces. Trimming your grass, pruning your plants, and removing wood and waste piles will keep ticks and fleas out of your yard.
- Taking precautions when hiking: Stay in the center of the trail away from the taller and unkempt vegetation. People often find ticks on themselves or their dogs after hikes.
- Preventing wildlife problems: Deer, coyotes, foxes, opossums, raccoons, and skunks can all harbor ticks and fleas. Having them in your yard means ticks and fleas could be hanging out, too.
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Home Remedies for Fleas & Ticks
Flea and tick prevention take different approaches because the pests have different habits. Tick prevention often comes down to eliminating active fleas that might already be in your house. Spreading baking soda, salt, or diatomaceous earth on areas you believe might be infested could dehydrate any active fleas. You can also use a lemon or other citrus fruit spray on infested furniture.
Citrus helps to keep ticks away too. You can gently rub a citrus juice or citronella oil on your dog’s neck as a means of dog tick prevention. Other natural tick repellent options include keeping a tidy yard, regular showers or baths (for you and your dog), and limiting your amount of exposed skin.
The Best Tick and Flea Prevention Service in Illinois & Indiana
If you feel you’ve tried everything you can for flea and tick prevention and you still want that extra assurance, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pest control company. The flea and tick prevention experts at Anderson Pest Solutions know all about stopping the fleas and ticks specific to Illinois & Indiana. For a free quote, contact us today!