Flies, fleas and ticks are all outdoor invaders, but they are a little different in how and why they enter a home.
Flea and tick issues often stem from wild animals. PMPs can help protect the perimeter of homes with preventive sprays and baits, but it is also important to educate customers about steps they can take to reduce risks. These include:
- Maintain healthy landscapes by mowing the lawn below ankle height.
- Remove clutter, including leaf piles.
- Check household pets for ticks and fleas, and consult with a veterinarian about preventive measures.
Flies are attracted to odors and are always a potential household invader. The first step is to make sure the home is clean, and trash is regularly removed. If a customer is consistently experiencing fly issues, it is important to observe the perimeter and consider other surrounding properties. If a neighbor is keeping chickens or there is a processing plant within a few miles, that can impact the customer. If this is the situation, talk to the customer about this and why it is important to keep windows closed and apply preventive sprays outdoors.