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How Can I Protect Myself From Tick Bites In Lawrenceville?

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Do you know anyone who has a tick-borne disease like Lyme disease? If so, how are they doing? Some sicknesses ticks transmit can change a person's life. We understand that here at ProCare Pest Services and want to provide our community with helpful tips and tricks for how to avoid tick bites. If you are looking to avoid tick bites in Lawrenceville, here are some things to consider today. If you are here seeking professional tick control for your property, we offer this as well. Give us a call and we will walk you through our services and get you started.

What Are Ticks?

Ticks are blood-feeding arachnids that live around the globe. In Lawrenceville, there are a few different types of ticks. We have the lone star tick, the American dog tick, and the black-legged tick. Although different in appearance and the diseases they spread, all three of these species have a lot in common. They all like to live in tall grass and thick undergrowth. They all get onto hosts by climbing up vegetation and waiting for people or animals to brush against them. Finally, they all latch onto humans and animals by burying their heads under the skin. A tick stays latched on for up to three to four days and only disconnects when removed from the skin or full with a blood meal.

Do All Ticks Carry Diseases?

Ticks are not born carrying diseases. They can take on disease-causing organisms from the animals and people they bite. Taking Lyme disease as an example, anywhere from less than 1% to over 50% of ticks in a given area might carry the bacteria that causes this disease. It depends on how many sick creatures or humans there are nearby. Another thing you should know is that certain kinds of ticks spread different diseases. American dog ticks spread ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. Lone star ticks spread ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and STARI. Finally, black-legged ticks spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, powassan virus disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The best way to avoid contracting a disease from a tick is to not get bitten in the first place.

How Can I Prevent Tick Bites While Outside?

If you plan on spending time in a potentially tick-infested area, you should take some precautionary measures to avoid getting bitten. Here are a few helpful tips and tricks our team recommends.

  • Apply bug spray to your body, especially your legs. We recommend using a product that contains picaridin, as DEET may be less effective. 
  • Wear long pants and high socks. Tuck your pant legs into your socks for extra protection. 
  • Avoid tall grass and dense undergrowth. 
  • Wear light-colored clothing.
  • Trim your grass at least once a week.
  • Clear debris and clutter from your property.
  • Invest in quality flea/tick protection for your outdoor pets.
  • Keep tick-carrying wildlife off your property.

What's The Best Way To Keep Ticks Away From My Yard?

The absolute best way to keep ticks away from your Lawrenceville yard is to invest in a professional tick control plan courtesy of ProCare Pest Services. Our team of highly trained and licensed technicians understands invasive yard pests and would be happy to assist you with problems you are having. It starts with a pest inspection. Let us come out and assess pest pressures on your property. We will find out what level of service you need and get you on a fast road to pest freedom.

Call us today if you want to find out more about pest control in Lawrenceville. We will schedule your home and property for a service visit and find a great solution to your tick problems.