Fleas & Ticks
If you have enjoyed being outside in the warmer months with your pet or have hiked in the woods, you most likely have encountered fleas or ticks along the way. Both are parasitic in nature, living on hosts larger than themselves. Both need to feed on blood of their host and can transmit various diseases. They will hitch a ride on you or your pet allowing them access to your living space where the problem festers.
Fleas are brownish black to black, but reddish black when full of blood. They prefer hairy animals such as dogs, cats, rodents, and squirrels, but will look to you for a blood meal if the opportunity presents itself. They can jump 6 inches, which affords them the ability to get around quite well. Most will be found nearby pet resting areas. Eggs are deposited between hairs of the animal or on the bedding material and are easily shaken off.
Ticks vary in color by species and are often found near wooded and highly vegetated areas. Adult crawl up on low vegetation, cling to it and grasp onto any passing host. This is how they can make inside your home. Therefore, it is always a good idea to inspect yourself and your pet when returning from the outdoors. If ticks are attached to your skin, they should be grasped behind the head with tweezers and pulled slowly away from the skin. Do not just crush the tick so that more bacteria does not enter the puncture site. The mouthparts should be removed as well and the wound thoroughly washed and disinfected.
Due to the complexity of this issue and what is required to eradicate the infestation, it is best to call Apex as soon as possible!