Flea and Tick Control

Fleas are tiny, irritating insects that don’t grow much larger than the tip of a pen. Their bites are itchy and sometimes painful. Getting rid of them is hard as they reproduce quickly, especially if you have pets in the household. But even if you don’t have pets, your yard can potentially play host to fleas and you may end up with a bunch of mysterious bites.
Ticks are small 8 legged insects that can range in size from as small as a pin head to as large as an pencil eraser. They are commonly found in grass, trees, brush, shrubs and leaf piles. They are attracted to people and animals. Tick bites can range from harmless to infectious.
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Flea and Tick

Spring has arrived

As we start enjoying our favorite outdoor activities, don’t let your fun be ruined by ticks. Ticks are always a concern that people should remember so they can take the proper precautions to protect themselves when outdoors.

Adult female blacklegged (deer) tick, a potential vector of
Lyme disease.  Photo: Jeff Hahn, U of M Extension

There are two common ticks in Minnesota; the blacklegged tick (also called deer tick) and the American dog tick (also called wood tick). Both ticks are nuisances because they bite to take a blood meal from not only people but also pests including dogs and horses. Blacklegged (deer) ticks are a health problem because they are a potential vector of Lyme disease and other diseases (see Tick-borne disease in Minnesota). Both of these ticks are common in grassy fields and the underbrush