Fleas And Ticks

Flea & Tick Identification & Prevention Guide

What are fleas & ticks?

Fleas and ticks are common parasitic pests here in the greater Austin area of Texas that feed on the blood of their warm-blooded mammal hosts as their only source of food. Fleas are tiny, reddish-brown insects and have hard bodies that are flattened from side to side. They have powerful back legs that they use to jump to great heights and move through the fur of their host. Ticks, like the spiders and mites they are closely related to, are not insects but arachnids. Adults have oval-shaped bodies and eight legs. They come in a variety of colors including black, brown, gray, and red. Ticks are wingless and are unable to jump.

Are fleas & ticks dangerous?

Fleas carry and transmit a variety of parasites that they can pass on to people and animals such as tapeworm. Many humans are allergic to flea saliva and develop an itchy, red rash after a bite that, with excessive itching, may lead to an infection. Ticks are dangerous pests because of the diseases they spread to both people and animals. They feed on a variety of hosts enabling them to spread a wide range of bacteria and viruses.

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