Summer has arrived, which means your customers and their pets are outside enjoying the sunny weather. Unfortunately, the recent mild winter has created ideal conditions for the early emergence of fleas and ticks. In fact, you may already be getting calls from customers needing your help to fight this potentially dangerous duo.
Flea Facts: Though cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are capable of transmitting disease to humans, they are primarily a nuisance to pets. Unlike other fleas, adult cat fleas can remain on their host for extended periods.
Females require a fresh blood meal to produce eggs, which can fall from the host and onto floors, bedding or lawns. Flea eggs will develop in areas protected from moisture and sunlight and usually hatch within two days. The developing larvae will often feed on dandruff, food particles and skin flakes. Fecal matter from adult fleas consists of relatively undigested blood, which also serves as food for newly hatched larvae.
Tick Truths: Ticks have four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Adult female ticks can lay clusters of hundreds or even thousands of eggs in protected cracks and crevices. Eggs develop into larvae, which crawl onto a host animal and begin feeding on its blood. After a larva is engorged, it drops off of the animal, eventually emerging as a nymph. The nymph then repeats the process.
Ticks spend most of their lives outdoors. Off-host ticks usually live under leaves, rocks, inside rodent burrows and within crevices.
Get Control: For optimal results, apply a residual insecticide application to structure perimeters and areas most likely to harbor fleas and ticks. If potential hosts are present, locations where they may encounter fleas and ticks – including bedding and areas where they rest – should be treated.
Talstar® insecticides deliver proven control of fleas and ticks. Talstar Professional insecticide and Talstar PL granular insecticide are the perfect pair for applying a two-step outdoor flea and tick treatment.
Talstar Professional kills fleas and ticks upon contact with a treated surface and lasts up to three months after application. This water-based product should be used as a perimeter treatment around building foundations. Talstar PL provides cost-effective control on a sand-core granule. Applied as a broadcast treatment to lawn and turf areas, Talstar PL delivers two to four months of residual protection.
For indoor flea and tick control, Dragnet® SFR termiticide insecticide provides effective residual control and is approved for use in and around residential and commercial structures, including schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels and food processing establishments.
Have you begun to see fleas and ticks arriving on your customers’ property? Let us know in the comments section! And be sure to check out the TickID iPhone app from North Carolina State University that can help you identify the exact species of tick you’re facing!