Ticks & Fleas

Identification, treatment, & prevention information.

ABOUT THE PEST

Identifying Ticks & Fleas

Ticks and Fleas are both small, insidious insects that are found on animals (and sometimes humans). Both of these species bite their host, with ticks remaining in one place and continually consuming the blood of the host animal. Over time, both of these insects can be very dangerous to the health of the host animal - ticks can also cause serious health issues in humans if bitten.

Where Ticks are Found

Fleas are very small and often difficult to spot with the naked eye. They are wingless, and usually measure 1mm to 10mm, though they are almost always at the smaller end of the scale. They have a compressed body and long back legs, which allow them to jump. Ticks have a round, flat body and usually measure around 4mm to 6mm long. They can be found in moist, shady parts of the garden, especially if leaf litter is around.

Both of these insects must be dealt with quickly, and ticks in particular can be very harmful to animals and humans. At Oracle Services, we’re experts in dealing with flea and tick infestations.

Tick Traits

Exploring the Distinctive Characteristics and Habits

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Both found on animals

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Fleas have a compact body

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Ticks feast on blood

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1mm to 10mm long

TYPES OF THE PEST

Discovering
The Ticks & Fleas Species

Ticks

Ticks are usually found in moist, grassy areas, particularly if there is leaf litter around. They attach themselves to animals and continually suck the blood of the host.
Ticks

Cat Flea

This species is found on cats, and is virtually indistinguishable from a dog flea without a microscope. They have a compact body and large back legs for jumping.
Cat Flea

Dog Flea

This species is found on dogs, and is virtually indistinguishable from a cat flea without a microscope. They have a compact body and large back legs for jumping.
Dog Flea

Treatment Options for Ticks & Fleas

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Professional Pest Control

Consult a pest control expert for large infestations of ticks or fleas. Our expert technicians can locate and eliminate large numbers of these insects rapidly.

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Pet Treatment

Your pets should always be treated with tick and flea control medications, which will kill any ticks or fleas that come into contact with them.

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Insecticides

Insecticides can be used to treat areas that may be home to ticks or fleas, whether that’s somewhere in your home or outside.

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Vacuuming or steam cleaning

This is often an effective way to begin the process before spraying environmentally-friendly insecticides inside your home.

Tick & Fleas Prevention Tips

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Inspect your pets

It’s important to regularly inspect your pets for fleas and ticks. If they are scratching more than often, they may be carrying some unwanted passengers. This also applies to their bedding.

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Vacuum consistently

Regular vacuuming throughout your home will help to remove any stray fleas or ticks that have found their way inside.

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Keep on top of pet treatments

Make sure you are keeping up to date with your pets flea and tick treatments, to prevent any flea or tick infestations.

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Wash pet bedding

Wash your pets bedding on a regular basis to remove any fleas that may be living on the bedding, or within the stuffing.

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Mow lawn regularly

If your lawn is too long, it may well attract ticks. They thrive in long grass, so keeping your lawn trim is a must.

A Combination of Treatment and Prevention is Essential

At Oracle Services, we know that preventing fleas and ticks is easier than trying to get rid of them once they have appeared. This is exactly why expert pest inspections and quality preventative methods are essential. Our team of technicians apply all of their skills and knowledge to discover and eliminate tick and flea infestations at home or in a commercial setting, before they become a big problem.

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OUR PROCESS

Our Flea and Tick Treatment Process

Step 1

Inspection

The first step is a thorough inspection of your home or business. We’ll take the time to identify the source and problem areas.

Step 2

Consultation

Once we have completed the inspection and identified the extent of the infestation, we’ll consult with you regarding an effective treatment.

Step 3

Planning

We’ll plan the most efficient strategy to eliminate the fleas and ticks in your home or place of business, and prevent them from returning later on.

Step 4

Execution

Our expert technicians will execute our pest control plan to maximum effect, eliminating fleas and ticks with the use of effective green treatments.

Step 5

Prevention

Once we’ve completed our pest control service, we will provide you with a plan to help prevent a re-infestation in the future, keeping you and your pets safe.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions we get asked about pest control for ticks and fleas in Australia.

Ticks and fleas are attracted to areas with plenty of moisture, as well as foliage and long grass. They will then latch onto passing animals, which provide a food source for both species. Fleas also like soft surfaces like clothing or bedding.
Preventative measures such as tick treatments for pets are the best approach. Once an infestation has taken hold, insecticide sprays are the most effective approach.

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