Tools and Tips To Kill Fleas and Ticks in The Sunshine State

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“Up North” pet parents look forward to cooler weather for two reasons: it kills the mosquitoes and it kills the fleas and ticks we spend all summer battling. When I moved south to Florida, I happily traded negative temperatures for winter’s spent in the 60s and 70s. However that trade off meant moving to the land of bugs. 

Fleas and ticks become more widespread when humidity levels are between 50 and 90 percent and when the temperature is 70°F or greater. Basically, Florida is like a flea’s version of Nirvana. 

In fact, fleas survive down here about twice as long as they do in Michigan – from March thru October. My poor fur baby became infested before I even knew it and I dreaded the thought of our new apartment crawling with fleas. I swear these bugs are mutants. They’re incredibly difficult to kill and a simple flea bath isn’t going to do the trick.  

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AdamsFlea & Tick Control Products.Zoey Dog

[infobox]Did you know a single flea can live up to 100 days and ten adult female fleas can produce up to 15,000 flea eggs in just 30 days?[/infobox]

The thought of that many fleas in my home sends a shiver down my spine. Not only do they creep me out, but they’re incredibly uncomfortable for Zoey. These buggy vampires live off our pet’s blood and can even transmit diseases. 

The smartest way to protect pets from pests is treating our pets, home and yard before a flea and tick outbreak occurs. Products like Adams™ Flea & Tick Control offer a whole line of preventative Flea and Tick products to safeguard my home, my fur baby and my family. 

For The Home

Use a spray like Adams™ Flea & Tick Home Spray. Not only does it protect against fleas and ticks, it also protects against cockroaches, ants, spiders, mosquitoes and even bed bugs. Considering Florida feels like the land of bugs that is awesome. Plus, one good spray starts killing in 5 minutes and offers up to 7 months protection or control. This is perfect for lazy people like me! No wonder consumers gave it the 2014 Product of the Year award. 

For Your Pet

Adams™ has a few options for your pet. I prefer a combination of all three as the Adams for Dogs Flea & Tick Spot On® provides flea and tick protection for up to 30 days. Both Adams™ for Dogs Flea & Tick Spot On® and Adams™ Flea & Tick Spray kill the adult fleas as well as eggs and larvae and they even kill and repels mosquitoes.  Adams™ Flea & Tick Cleansing Shampoo works for cats, dogs and kittens and puppies over 12 weeks of age. It’s designed to kill fleas, ticks, and lice, and prevents flea eggs from hatching for 30 days.

For Your Yard

Adams Yard Spray kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and ants and also kills bugs in your lawn, trees & shrubs, roses & flowers, and gardens. Plus it lasts up to four weeks so you only need to do it once a month!

In addition to preventative products from Adams™ Flea & Tick Control Products there are other things you can do to safeguard your pet:

  • Mow Your Lawn Regularly
    Ticks usually like to hang out in damp areas and in tall grass and weeds. It is important to keep your lawn mowed and to walk your dog on a path and try to keep them out of the tall grass.  
  • Clean Your Yard
    Stacked woodpiles of leaves, and mounds of rocks are the ideal breeding ground for fleas. The more clutter, the more places fleas can take refuge.  
  • Use Natural Methods
    Fleas and Ticks are repulsed by the smell of Cedar Chips. Sprinkle them in shady areas, under your porch and outdoor furniture. You can even move over them and the powder still works to repel fleas.
  • Groom Your Pet Regularly
    Grooming your pet on a regular basis helps keep them clean and allows you to look for any signs of fleas or ticks. Plus, it’s a great bonding time for you and your pet.  

US Flea and Tick

You can stay on top of Flea and Tick problems in your area with FREE Adams Flea & Tick Outbreak Alerts. They are a helpful heads up about local weather changes and the related threat of flea and tick outbreaks in your zip code. Plus when you sign up for alerts you’re automatically entered in the Adams Start Smart, Stay Smart Sweepstakes for a chance to win monthly gift cards and product prizes now through July 31, 2015. See web site for complete rules and details.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AdamsFlea & Tick Control Products. The Adams blue bottle is a trademark of Farnam Companies, Inc. Spot On is a registered trademark of Wellmark International. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

30 thoughts on “Tools and Tips To Kill Fleas and Ticks in The Sunshine State”

  1. Great tips! I do live in a northern state but these great tips will help me in the summer and especially fall (when fleas are terrible here) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Living in Vegas where it’s always so dry, we don’t see many ticks. We do have these little sand fleas which can be an issue. Our neighbors had it bad last year. Gotta say, we’ve been pretty lucky. So far, so good!

  3. I am not sure what I put on my dog, but I think it is Frontline? I know she is up for her next dose this weekend though.

  4. It is so important to protect your pets from fleas and ticks. This year they are predicting a terrible tick season.

  5. Gosh, saying someone had fleas was such a big insult growing up. Much worse than cooties. I need to keep all these tips in mind so we don’t end up with bites.

  6. It’s no fun to have fleas in your home or yard. I remember getting eaten alive during the summers, playing in fields. I need to make sure my supplies are stocked for the rest of the summer.

  7. I know this only too well. When I lived in OK we battled fleas and ticks just about yearly. In the summer I think we spent more time spraying our yard than mowing it. Up here in MI the problem isn’t as bad. I still spray the yard though.

  8. I’m not looking forward to flea and tick season at all. We try to prevent and treat for them as much as possible so it doesn’t get out of hand.

  9. Fleas and ticks are a huge problem. But if you are diligent and take measures, you can prevent them from bothering your pet.

  10. I’m going to share this post with out neighbors. They spend a lot of time in Florida and I know they want to protect their pooches!

  11. Cedar chips – I didn’t know about that. Sounds like a good idea for a play area covering, too.

  12. Great tips! Ticks aren’t big here but fleas? Can be so I’m always prepared since we have so many animals! Can’t stand fleas and luckily haven’t had to deal with them!

  13. We live in Georgia, so we have to be super vigilant about our dogs flea and tick control. If you take a step down here, you’ve got a tick on you.

  14. We make sure we stay on top of our dog’s flea and tick medications. Not only are those little buggers gross, they carry diseases!

  15. That map is pretty handy. I like how it breaks down the months I didn’t realize they went in spells like that in the warm states.

  16. I love in Florida and you are right about the fleas! We adopted our cat a year ago and he came with them. It was a nightmare to get rid of them throughout the house!

  17. Living down here we have all sorts of extra measures for critters and bugs. That is one of the things I can’t stand about living in FL, I’m not a wildlife person lol. Ill have to mention the Cedar Chips to my husband to add to our yard.

  18. Back when I had dogs I was constantly looking for products like these–at least until the winter months came around! Although I have a cat now (who NEVER goes outside) I am going to look into this just in case!!


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