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Flea & Tick Control

Fleas and ticks can be a big problem in Richmond, VA, especially when they are in your home. Because they are parasites, they will often bite mammals and feed on their blood, which is not only uncomfortable but leads to health risks. While fleas don't have wings, their jumping ability more than makes up for that. They are able to jump as far as 13 feet due to their powerful hind legs. Jumping enables them to move among different hosts without a problem, meaning it doesn't take long before they have completely infested your home. Ticks are hiders rather than jumpers. They often lurk unseen in tall grass while they wait for a host such as you or your pets to latch onto.

Signs of a Flea or Tick Infestation

Once these pests have initially made it into your home, it can be only a short time before both of them have multiplied to incredible numbers. They will hide in places inside your home such as furniture, carpeting, clothing and small cracks in your walls. The only visible signs of a flea infestation that you might notice are when they are jumping on your pets or your pets are scratching or even biting themselves. Ticks are even more difficult to find, especially when your pet has long or dark hair that can camouflage them. 

The Danger Fleas and Ticks Pose

Both flea and tick bites are quite uncomfortable and can leave visible marks such as welts or a rash on your body. Some people are allergic to flea and tick bites, which means the possibility of additional risks due to an allergic reaction. But extreme discomfort and the risk of allergies are not the only dangers from fleas and ticks. Parasites like these also can carry diseases that can make both humans and pets sick. That red rash that sometimes follows tick bites may actually be a symptom of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is known to be associated particularly with deer ticks, and it has many undesirable affects in the human body. Lyme disease can affect every organ in the human body including the brain and heart. Lyme disease is just one of many diseases that fleas and ticks are known to carry. 

Professionals can Help

While many people try to rid their homes of fleas and ticks on their own, this often proves too difficult to handle. A veterinarian may be able to provide some advice and assistance if you discover fleas or ticks on your pet. But complete eradication of a flea or tick infestation requires a full treatment of both your home and yard. If not only elimination of fleas and ticks from your home but also preventing them from making a return is your goal, it is a good idea to contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible. Accel Pest and Termite Control has been eliminating fleas and ticks inside residences for a long time and is pleased to offer service to the residents of Richmond, VA.