If you have four-legged furry friends living in your home, you’re likely to experience a flea or tick problem at least once in your pet’s lifetime. Ticks can cause health problems in both animals and humans, while a flea infestation can affect everyone in your household.

While some pet flea and tick control products are temporarily effective at getting rid of these harmful pests, they are often not an ideal long-term solution. Your flea and tick problem may extend behind the walls of your home. At Seitz Bros., we have over 40 years of experience helping to eliminate pests like fleas and ticks.

What You Need to Know About Flea Infestations

Think your dog is dirty, but then realize that those specks of dirt are moving and jumping? 

Maybe you wake up with small and itchy bites on your feet and ankles. Due to their size, fleas can be difficult to detect until you notice some telltale signs. Pets with fleas often scratch excessively or start to lose some fur. You might see small insect bites on your skin or notice “flea dirt” on bedding.

Fleas are about ⅛ of an inch and can jump nearly a foot, which makes it easy for them to stay undetected as they hitch a ride from the outdoors onto your dog or cat. Not only do fleas bite your dog or cat, but they could also lay eggs and create a bigger problem in your home and to your pet’s health.

Pet flea prevention products may provide some relief and reduce the number of fleas in your home, but only a pest control professional can successfully eliminate an infestation in your home.

Protecting Yourself and Your Pets from Ticks

Ticks are common on the upper East Coast and there are over 25 species in Pennsylvania alone. The four species that you are most likely to encounter include the American dog tick, the blacklegged tick, the lone star tick and a brown dog tick. 

Ticks can cause Lyme disease in both animals and humans, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in humans and tick paralysis in animals and young children. Finding a tick on your body or in your dog’s fur doesn’t automatically mean that you will experience health issues related to tick bites, but it’s a risk that no one wants to take.

While the majority of tick bites occur outdoors, like fleas, ticks can enter your home on your clothing or pets. Tick preventative products like sprays and medicine are only temporarily effective. The best way to avoid and eliminate tick problems is by hiring pest control experts to treat your yard and the areas outside of your home.

Specialized Treatment and Prevention Plans for Fleas and Ticks

Once you notice fleas in your home or an increase of ticks in your backyard, it’s nearly impossible to treat the problem on your own. At Seitz Bros., we have decades of experience helping families find a pest prevention and control plan that works best for them.

Our trained technicians come to your property at your convenience, give you a free quote, discuss the best treatment options and begin to resolve your flea and tick problem right away. Call Seitz Bros. today for more information on flea and tick control and prevention.