There are few pests as mysterious as ticks. Would you agree? For example, what time of year is tick season? Do you know that ticks don't have a season? They are a problem all year long. Do you know why? It is because they live on warm-blooded animals. They never have to go into hibernation. How about this one: Can you get ticks if you don't have a dog or cat? The surprising answer is yes. Ticks can hitch a ride into a home on a rat, mouse, or some other animal.
If you have questions about ticks or tick control, you may just find the answer right here. Today, we will look at more surprising facts about ticks and tell you what you can do to keep them out of your home. And, of course, the experts at ProCare Pest Services are here if you need us. We can help you find answers to your pest questions, tell you about tick prevention and control services in Lawrenceville, or help you get an idea about pricing.
Call or connect with us online. Your ProCare Pest Services team looks forward to hearing from you.
Signs Of A Tick Infestation
The first step in tick control is to watch for the signs of a problem. When you catch ticks early, you can deal with them before they cause too much trouble. You'll find these signs by looking for them on your pets, your kids, and yourself.
Pets: If a dog or cat has a tick, you may find it in the ear or between the toes. These are two common places ticks like to attach to the skin. You may also feel for them with your fingers. If you notice a lump, use a flea comb to part the hair and take a closer look. A tick will grow in size the longer it is attached. An engorged tick looks like a large tan or gray blob. As you routinely check your pets for ticks, watch them for strange behavior, such as gnawing and scratching.
Kids: When kids play outside, they can pick up a random tick on their shoes or pant legs. Take a quick look for tiny reddish-brown critters on their clothing. As you do, knowing another misunderstood fact about ticks is helpful. They don't always have eight legs. Baby ticks (known scientifically as seed ticks) only have six legs. They grow the last pair when they read their adult stage of development. Keep this in mind as you do a quick inspection. Check around the ears. If a tick climbs all the way up to the head, it will likely attach near the ears. If seed ticks attach to the skin, they may look like nothing more than tiny reddish bumps.
Adults: When you come in from outside, it is important to check yourself for ticks. You can use the tips above. We also recommend taking a quick rinse off to check your skin; ticks can get up underneath pants or shirts and attach.
Along with routine checks of dogs, cats, kids, and yourself, keep watch in your home. They're small, but not so small that you won't see them crawling around on the floors, tables, beds, and surfaces. When you find ticks in your home, take a moment to evaluate the issue. Here are a few facts that will help.
Top Tick-Borne Diseases: Symptoms, Treatment, And Prevention
Are you ready for another trivia question? We get this question a lot. Are ticks dangerous? What do you think? If you've heard of Lyme disease, you may quickly answer yes. The truth is that not all ticks carry Lyme disease, or this a disease-causing organism. This is particularly true of seed ticks as you are likely their first host, and tick-borne diseases pass from animals to humans. A tick must feed on an infected animal before feeding you or your kids.
Now that you know the good news, let's quickly cover the bad. Ticks have the ability to transmit Lyme disease and several other extremely harmful pathogens. We strongly recommend reading CDC resources regarding Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, southern tick-associated rash illness, and Lyme disease. Familiarize yourself with how these diseases impact pets and humans.
Each of the diseases listed above have their own unique symptoms. A few common symptoms are fever, joint pain, stomach pain, fatigue, and nausea. You may also have a bull's-eye rash, which is a symptom of Lyme disease transmission.
The most important fact to know about a tick bite is that you may have a chance to avoid sickness if you catch the tick early and remove it. For example, it takes over 24 hours for Lyme disease bacterium to transfer. Removal of the tick quickly can prevent the completion of the transfer.
If you find a tick attached, use a tick removal tool to remove it. Removing ticks in the proper manner is critical so you don't introduce bacteria into the wound. If you don't have a tick removal tool, use needle nose tweezers and pinch the tick as close to the head as possible, which is the part of the tick lodged into the skin.
Along with proper tick removal, it is helpful to wash and disinfect the wound to eliminate disease-causing bacteria near the surface. Apply cold or heat to help with swelling. Use an anti-itch cream to help with the itch.
Tick Prevention Tips: Expert Advice For A Tick-Free Life
The best way to deal with ticks is not to get bitten. Wouldn't you agree? We have some great preventative tips to help you avoid ticks and tick bites. Here are our best recommendations:
Talk to your veterinarian about tick control for your dog or cat. Collars are often a good first step. You can also get other products, such as medication, powders, baths, etc.
Install fences to protect your dog while outdoors. A fenced-in recreation area keeps wild animals from introducing ticks to the places your dog(s) play. Fences also prevent your dog(s) from getting into tick habitats around the exterior of your home, such as your landscaping.
Trim vegetation in your landscaping and keep your grass cut low to reduce the moist habitats ticks require to survive.
Clean your gutters and make repairs to your downspouts and gutter troughs to reduce perimeter saturation.
Rake leaves and remove other organic material near your home.
Take steps to deter wildlife from coming near your home and dropping ticks. Rake nuts up and remove them. Guard bird feeders so animals can't get to them. Keep trash in covered containers and weigh the lids down so raccoons can prop them open and get to your trash.
Lay down gravel, pea stones, or mulch as barriers around our human recreation areas. Ticks do not like to crawl across these materials.
When you go out into nature, apply mosquito repellent to your legs to keep ticks from climbing up your legs. Ticks don't fall from trees or spring at you from plants. They attach to your legs and crawl up—every time.
If you don't use repellent, consider tucking your pant legs in your socks so ticks can't get underneath the material.
Wear light clothing to detect ticks more easily as they journey up your body to get to your head.
Apply mosquito repellent to your pet when going out for a walk. Use a special repellent made for your dog or cat.
Stay on trails and avoid walking in tall grass if you can help it.
If you're diligent, you can catch ticks before they catch you off guard. Unfortunately, it takes effort, and it is easy to let tick prevention slip your mind. We have a solution that you won't have to think about. Let's take a look at what professionals do about ticks.
Experience Peace Of Mind: Professional Tick Control You Can Count On
We have one last trivia question for you. When is the right time to call a professional for a tick treatment? Do you know you don't have to wait until you find ticks inside your home to contact a licensed pest professional like ProCare Pest Services? We can help prevent tick problems long before they happen.
Tick control doesn't begin in your home; it begins in your yard. When you have routine treatments, you, your kids, and your pets will have fewer (if any) encounters with ticks in the yard. The treatments we apply for mosquito control also address ticks. So, if you've been thinking about mosquito control, maybe now is the time to move forward with the mosquito control plan you've always wanted.
ProCare Pest Services is also here if you want to call on us to treat a trick problem in your home. We use residual products to break the cycle of infestation and return your home to tick-free. Contact us today for professional tick control in Lawrenceville. We have the services you need.