Fleas and ticks are two pests that you really don’t want lurking around your yard—particularly if you have children or pets that love to play there. Unfortunately, the presence of fleas and ticks in Pennsylvania is quite high so it’s more than likely you do have these pests in or around your home.
For that reason, you might be thinking about investing in professional flea and tick treatment for yards. But you might not know what these services are all about.
What can you expect if you hire a professional to treat your yard for fleas and ticks?
While we can’t speak for all companies, we can give you a better idea of what you should look for and what your service should include. Having a better understanding of what a yard flea and tick treatment is all about will help you get the most out of your investment.
#1: A Professional Flea and Tick Yard Treatment Should be Customized to Your Property
A customized gameplan is a key to success with treating your property for fleas and ticks. There are many wooded properties in Pennsylvania and these do require a different approach to properties that are mostly lawn areas without a lot of wooded border.
Typically, with wooded properties, technicians should physically enter the woods around your property (as far as 20 to 30 yards) and start spraying there. It’s important to target areas of heavy debris and rocks where rodents live. Rodents, such as mice, are often giving a free ride to ticks onto your property.
After spraying in the woods, the technician should work their way back into the lawn, spraying there, too (approximately 10 yards back from the woods, creating an extra barrier).
When applying professional flea and tick treatment for yards a technician should also seek out areas specific to your property where these pests are likely lurking. This is all part of creating a custom plan of action.
#2: Professional Flea and Tick Treatment for Yards is More Effective Than a DIY Approach
We live in a DIY world where homeowners love trying to tackle issues on their own. While they can work for certain things, when it comes to a pest as potentially dangerous as the flea or tick, it’s not really worth the risk.
For one, the application methods used by a pro are superior. Professionals are trained to know where and how to apply product and this can make a big difference in the overall success of a treatment as we talked about above. They’re going to know exactly where to treat in order to have the best possible results.
Professionals will also use commercial-grade equipment that can deliver the flea and tick control product in a better way.
Similarly, the product itself is also better. While the effectiveness of store-bought flea and tick control sprays can vary greatly, a pro is going to be using professional-grade spray that delivers better results.
It’s also worth mentioning the risk factor of having to handle chemicals yourself. While our products are safe, that’s when they are applied properly. Professionals are trained to handle these materials responsibly but the average homeowner may make mixing and application mistakes that could put themselves or others at harm.
#3: The Cost of a Yard Flea and Tick Treatment Might Surprise You
To continue on the last point, we suspect that the main reason someone might even consider a DIY approach is that they assume professional flea and tick treatment for yards is too expensive.
However, when you start factoring in everything that is involved with a DIY approach (such as the equipment, the actual spray, and your time)...and then consider that it’s not going to be as effective…professional treatments start to seem a lot more worthy.
The truth is, most people also find that professional flea and tick treatment for yards is more affordable than they assumed it would be.
At Joshua Tree, our Mosquito, Flea & Tick control program starts at $35 a month. While this article is focused on controlling fleas and ticks, our program also covers mosquitoes, providing you even more value for your investment.
#4: You Should Still Take Additional Steps for Protection
Fleas and ticks can be very dangerous pests. They can carry and transmit diseases like Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Typhus.
That’s why you should take multiple steps to protect yourself and your family from these pests. Investing in professional flea and tick treatment for yards is one important step. But there are some other things that you can do as well.
Here are a few things to consider.
- Make sure that you follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea and tick prevention on your pets. Spraying your yard is never a replacement for those types of products. After all, your pet could even get ticks and/or fleas on their body from another location and bring it home that way.
- If you live in an area that is particularly prone to tick habitats, or you spend a lot of time in the woods or on trails, take additional steps to protect yourself and your family. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing long sleeves and pants when in tick habitats like wooded areas.
- You can also make your property less desirable for pests to live in by keeping it neat and tidy. Fleas and ticks prefer long grass where they can hide but if you keep your lawn regularly mowed, you make it less desirable for them to hang around. Similarly, keeping plants neatly trimmed can also help.
Take Back Your Yard with Professional Flea and Tick Yard Treatment
While fleas and ticks may have held you hostage from enjoying time outside in the past, by making smart choices and taking steps toward protecting your family, you no longer have to let these pests ruin your time spent outdoors.
At Joshua Tree, homeowners love that our program not only covers fleas and ticks but addresses mosquitoes, as well. Like fleas and ticks, mosquitoes can also be dangerous and may carry and spread diseases like West Nile or Zika.
Spraying for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes will help to drastically reduce these pests and keep you and your loved ones safe.
We commend you for looking into professional flea and tick yard treatment options for your Pennsylvania home. By making that smart choice you’ll no longer feel like you have to drag your pets or kids inside from playing, stop the party short, or be worrying every time you’re just trying to enjoy some time outside. By getting these pests out of the way, you can stop stressing and get back to enjoying your beautiful property the way it deserves to be enjoyed.
If you're interested in learning more about pest control services for your Buxmont or Lehigh Valley, PA home, contact us for a free pest control quote or give us a call at 610-365-4858 so that we can answer your questions.