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What are yard pests?

The most common yard pests you’re likely to have issues with include fleas, chiggers, and ticks in Overland Park. Fleas, chiggers, and ticks are all parasitic pests, which means they require a host to get their meals. While fleas are insects, chiggers and ticks are in the arachnid family.

Fleas are tiny reddish-brown insects with powerful legs that allow them to jump long distances. Chiggers are barely visible to the naked eye, but if you do see them, they are reddish in color and have teardrop-shaped bodies. It is the larvae that bite, not the adults. Ticks can range from reddish to dark brown and also have teardrop-shaped bodies.

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Are yard pests dangerous?

Fleas, chiggers, and ticks are all dangerous due to their bites. Although most flea bites are relatively harmless, they can transmit diseases and tapeworms. A flea infestation can be especially harmful to your pets, causing anemia in extreme cases.

Chigger bites aren’t known to spread diseases, but they are itchy and painful. They can cause a rash and often take several weeks to clear up.

Tick bites are quite dangerous because they are known to spread diseases. Although not every tick bite will transmit disease, there is a relatively high likelihood of contracting a disease from a tick bite. Diseases caused by ticks include Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, STARI, and more.

Why do I have a yard pest problem?

Finding fleas, ticks, and chiggers in your yard is a common problem in Overland Park. Usually, visiting wildlife will bring pests onto your property. Rodents, deer, and even birds that come onto your property may have these pests on them. If the yard pests drop off the wildlife while on your property, they’ll make their new home right in your yard, increasing the likelihood of them causing problems for you or ending up in your house.

Where will I find yard pests?

As their name implies, you can often find yard pests in your yard. Unless they attach themselves to you or a family member as a host, that’s where ticks and chiggers will stay. However, if you have fleas in your yard, they will happily move into your house and grow in population there, making everyone’s life miserable in the process.

How do I get rid of yard pests?

If you have yard pests, you need tick, chigger, and flea control for your yard. Mantis Pest Solutions provides yard pest services to eliminate these pests from your yard. Because they are usually brought to your yard by wildlife, it’s essential to maintain your yard’s protection with ongoing services. We’ll return to your property on a monthly basis to make sure your family is protected from these dangerous pests.

How can I prevent yard pests in the future?

Chigger, tick, and flea prevention is essential in protecting your family from harmful illnesses and itchy bug bites. Making your yard unattractive to wildlife can help reduce the number of yard pests that end up in your Overland Park yard. You can do this by eliminating food sources, such as bird seed and plants that wildlife is known to enjoy, reducing areas of standing water and moisture, and getting rid of harborage areas, such as wood piles, lawn debris, rock walls, tall grasses, and more. These strategies, along with ongoing yard pest control services from Mantis Pest Solutions, will help keep your yard free of fleas, ticks, and chiggers.

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