Where Ticks and Fleas Hide in Autumn
Even though the peak summer months are behind us, it doesn’t mean ticks and fleas won’t still be present throughout the country. With the Northeast acting as host to the most heavily populated tick areas, it is important to know that ticks won’t just disappear as the fall season approaches. Because of this, it’s a good idea to understand where ticks and fleas will hide during autumn so that you can be proactive in eliminating them from your yard.
Tall Grass and Trees
One of the most common places you will find ticks and fleas during the fall season is in tall grass. They like to climb up the grass in an effort to jump onto a passing person or animal. They can also be found on branches of trees this time of year. You will want to cut your grass regularly, until the first frost, and trim the branches of the trees on your property in an effort to keep the flea and tick population as low as possible.
Piles of Leaves
As the season changes, the leaves will begin to fall. A very common spot for ticks and fleas to hide during fall is in leaf piles. Don’t let those beautifully colored leaves fool you this fall; they are the perfect hiding spot for fleas and ticks. The reason these insects enjoy leaf piles so much is because they can act as humid areas that are hidden from the sun. It’s common for children to want to play in leaf piles every fall, but make sure to do a thorough tick check if they do.
Pet Sleeping and Feeding Areas
If your pet is an indoor/outdoor pet, they are likely to have outdoor sleeping and feeding areas. These are perfect spots for fleas and ticks to hide during the autumn season. Insects will find these areas easily because they have a high volume of traffic either from your pet or from wild animals like raccoons, possums, squirrels or chipmunks. The insects will hang around the area and wait to catch onto a new host, most likely your pet, who comes over for a drink of water or to take a nap. The solution to this problem is to clean out the sleeping area each day and remove empty food and water bowls as soon as your pet is done using them. If you can move your pet inside altogether, this is the best solution possible.
Prevention is an important part of caring for your property and your pets. When you take proactive measures, you can help to prevent an infestation of ticks and fleas in your yard that could eventually wind up in your home on a child, a pet, or you. Look into prevention medicine for your pet and be sure to remove all standing water.
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