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Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance to pets but also a concern for homeowners seeking to maintain a healthy and pest-free environment. These tiny parasitic pests are known for leaving behind painful or itchy bites, which can come with health consequences to humans and animals alike. 

If you’re dealing with an outbreak of fleas or ticks, contact O'Connor Pest Control for fast relief. We understand how important it is to protect your pets and your family from blood-sucking pests, and we also have the tools to quickly eliminate even the worst infestation. 

Are Fleas and Ticks Dangerous?

A flea or tick bite may not seem like a big deal, but it could cause major problems down the road. Fleas and ticks can transmit diseases, cause discomfort, and lead to serious health complications if left untreated. These pests are dangerous to both humans and animals because:

  • Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD): Some pets are hypersensitive to flea saliva, leading to an allergic reaction known as flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). Even a single flea bite can trigger intense itching, redness, and inflammation, causing discomfort and distress for affected pets. Continuous scratching and biting can result in hair loss, open sores, and secondary skin infections.
  • Irritation: If you’ve ever seen a dog or cat with fleas, you know how much they scratch at the site of the bite—and for an understandable reason. Even without an allergic reaction, these bites can cause irritation and leave behind tiny welts, red bumps, or itchiness. 
  • Anemia: Severe flea infestations can lead to significant blood loss, especially in young animals or those with compromised health. Anemia, characterized by a low red blood cell count, can develop as a result of continuous flea feeding, leading to weakness, lethargy, and pale gums in affected pets.
  • Disease Transmission: Some diseases carried by fleas and ticks can be transmitted to humans through bites or direct contact with infected pets. This includes diseases such as Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and certain types of rickettsial infections. 
  • Parasite Transmission: Fleas serve as intermediate hosts for tapeworms, a type of intestinal parasite that can infect pets through the ingestion of infected fleas during grooming. Tapeworm infestations can lead to symptoms such as weight loss, abdominal discomfort, and serious malnutrition over time.

When to Get Flea and Tick Removal

Encountering fleas or ticks is not uncommon, especially during the warmer months when these pests are most active. While occasional sightings are normal here in California, you want to make sure to keep them out of your home and yard. There are three main situations where it’s best to work with a professional flea and tick exterminator:

Spring and Summer Months 

Fleas and ticks are most active during the spring and summer months, thriving in warm and humid environments. Pet owners should be particularly vigilant during this time and take preventive measures to protect their pets from infestations.

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Widespread Infestation

If you notice fleas or ticks on your pet or in your home, it’s important to take immediate action to address the infestation. Fleas may be visible on pets’ fur or bedding, while ticks may attach themselves to pets’ skin or hide in outdoor environments. If your home or property is heavily infested with fleas or ticks, professional extermination is the most reliable way to completely eliminate the pests and prevent reinfestation.

Persistent Flea and Tick Problems

If you’ve tried everything and keep finding these pests in your yard or on your pets, then it may be time to ditch DIY treatments and speak with an expert. Qualified flea and tick exterminators can help identify the underlying issues causing the frequent infestations and implement targeted solutions.

Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks

When it comes to safeguarding your home and pets from the dangers of fleas and ticks, O'Connor Pest Control is your trusted partner for effective pest control solutions. With our expertise, advanced techniques, and commitment to excellence, we provide comprehensive flea and tick control services tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re facing a minor infestation or a persistent problem, our team of experienced professionals is here to help. 

Serving the community for over 68 years, O’Connor is your go-to flea and tick control.


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Dealing with fleas and ticks is stressful enough. Trusting a professional to aid in removing them from your home or business takes the headache out of an infestation. With the help of the experts, you can ensure you’re getting the most effective and efficient pest control to remove the issue and protect your property.

With a professional pest control service, you can leave the dirty work to us. We’ll take care of the inspection and treatment. Get it done right the first time with the help of our expert technicians at O’Connor Pest.


If you suspect you need flea and tick control services, call or fill out the form to schedule an appointment. Our technician will come to inspect and identify the problem and its severity. They’ll then create a custom plan based on their findings and your budget. Choose from one-time or recurring services for your pest control needs.

If you’re searching for pest control with same-day service for your home or business, then you’ve come to the right place. O’Connor Pest Control has been in business for 60+ years and we continue to be committed to excellent pest control and customer service.