Ticks- Not meant to be a additional guest on your outdoor activities

Planning on summer outings such as camping or hiking with your beloved friend?  Did you know ticks are waiting to crawl up bushes, trees and grass blades to attach to your pet. They most commonly attach to the head, neck, and ears of their host, usually where the skin is thinner.



What are fleas?

Fleas are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing the skin and sucking the blood of its host. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off blood of mammals and birds. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches, making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size), second only to the froghopper. Fleas go through 4 life cycles, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Adult fleas must feed on blood before they can become capable of reproduction. A fleas total life span can be as short as one year, but may be several years in ideal conditions which includes the right temperature, food supply and humidity. A female flea can lay 5000 or more eggs over her life. Optimum temperatures for the fleas life cycle is 70 F – 85 F and optimum humidity is 70%.