Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are very common in South Florida. Our climate rarely gets cold enough for these pests to die out, allowing them to survive year-round. They live naturally in our sand, grass, wooded areas, and shrubs, and they feed on natural wildlife like rats, raccoons, squirrels, and even birds!
Fleas and ticks are parasites and feed on blood. They prefer to live and breed on their host but can live outside of their host as well.
The most common hosts for both of these pests are our pets. Ticks can burrow into their skin and fleas can hide beneath their fur, making it difficult for our pets to remove these pests on their own.
Fleas and ticks hurt our pets. They cause itchiness, swelling, and scabbing, and can even cause allergic reactions, fur loss, lethargy, and even death. They literally suck them dry, causing a painful life for our furry friends.
Differences between fleas and ticks
Fleas can be black or brown
Ticks are reddish-brown
Fleas are about the size of an ant
Ticks have 8 legs, and swells in size as they feed
Fleas feed by biting into skin, moving from one spot to the next
Ticks feed by burrowing into skin, latching into their host
Fleas move around by jumping
Ticks move around by crawling
There are 19 different species of flea in South Florida, the most common being the Cat Flea and the Dog Flea
There are at least 6 different species of tick in South Florida, the most common being the American Dog Tick, the Brown Dog tick, and the Black-Legged Tick
If you'd like more information on flea/tick control, click here