Spending time outside, especially on beautiful days, is enjoyable for everyone, from you and your loved ones to your furry friends. However, pesky insects can make your lawn less enjoyable with itchy, uncomfortable bites and the potential for spreading harmful diseases. The three lawn insects you'll want to be on the lookout for here in Ohio are chiggers, fleas, and ticks. Tiny red mites called chiggers hide in your grass and leave itchy bites. Fleas and ticks are both flightless bugs that can pass diseases through irritating bites. There are a few ways to keep yourself safe from these bugs, like tucking your pants into your shoes or putting your clothing in the dryer to kill ticks. However, the best way to get rid of these pests will be to call your local pest control service so they can treat your property!

1. Chiggers

Chigger crawling on a dead tree limb in and around the Ashland, OH area.

Chiggers are tiny red mites that can swarm your lawn. It's easy to miss these miniature pests since they're only about one to two millimeters in size. They will usually wait in your grass before attaching to your shoes or legs when you walk through an infected area. Chiggers leave behind an itchy bite on humans, but they do not carry or spread diseases to you, your pets, or your lawn!

There are ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones against chiggers. When you walk through areas that may have chiggers, you can wear long pants tucked into your shoes and long-sleeved shirts to keep them from finding their way to your skin. Showering right after being outside will also help get rid of chiggers that haven't attached themselves to you yet. If you want something a little more effective, you should call your local pest control service. They will come by and treat your lawn with highly effective treatments for well-rounded protection throughout the year.

2. Fleas

A flea has landed on a person's skin and is now crawling around in Ashland, OH.

Another insect you'll want to be on the lookout for in Ohio is fleas, which are little flightless bugs that are a red-brown color and have hindlegs they use to jump. Fleas attach themselves to humans and pets and bite; these bites can feel irritated and itchy. Similar to chiggers, fleas hide in the grass in your yard and latch onto you and your pets.

There are a couple of ways to protect yourself and your pets against fleas. You may want to try vacuuming your home, furniture, and places where pets sleep to get rid of any fleas. You can also buy specific shampoos to treat your pets. The best solution, however, is to call a pest control professional if you believe your lawn has fleas. Local pest control services should have several products that will keep you and your pets safe.

3. Ticks

A tick crawling on a home owner's skin in Ashland, OH.

You will also want to be on the lookout for ticks in Ohio. Ticks are little black and brown flightless bugs that can range anywhere in size from the seed of an apple to a small grape. Just like mites and fleas, they hide in the grass before attaching to clothing and animal fur. With their bite, they can spread diseases to both humans and animals.

There are a few ways you can combat ticks at home. After being outside, you will want to do a check on yourself and your pets to see if a tick latched on. You will want to be really thorough because they can latch on basically anywhere. It may also help to wear light-colored clothing so you can see any ticks that may be crawling. You can also put clothing in the dryer on high, which should kill any ticks in your clothes. The best solution, however, is going to be professional pest control services that will make sure your property is safe and secure.

The most common ticks in Ohio are deer ticks, dog ticks, black-legged ticks, and lone star ticks.

Schedule our pest control services to protect your property from chiggers, fleas, and ticks!

At Free Spray Lawn Care, we understand the importance of keeping you, your loved ones, and your furry friends safe from pests like chiggers, fleas, and ticks. So, we offer treatments for all three lawn insects! With decades of experience under our belt, you can be sure that with our chigger, flea, and tick control treatments, we will eliminate these pests from your lawn.

We provide our pest control services to residential and commercial properties in Mansfield, Wooster, Strongsville, and the surrounding areas in Ohio. Call us at 419-529-5296 to schedule our pest control treatments and protect your property from chiggers, fleas, and ticks today!