Ticks are arachnids. They are parasitic organisms; they feed on blood to survive. They are good at finding some creative places to latch on to the body, places like the groin, under the arm, in the hair, inside the belly button, anywhere that it will be difficult for you to notice. Another crazy fact about them is that they are transmitters of over 15 viruses and infections, some of which can be pretty serious, like Lyme disease.
So, yeah, a tick infestation isn’t something to joke around with in your home, especially if one of the disease-transmitting ticks is native to your area. Ticks are either inside your house, outside in your yard, or on your pets. How do you know if you are dealing with one or not?
HOW TO IDENTIFY A TICK INFESTATION
Appearance – The most common ticks in The United States are the deer tick, American dog tick, and lone star tick. They come in varying sizes, depending on species, ranging from 1 mm (about the width of the narrow side of a dime) to over a good centimeter long after they’ve had a good meal. They have eight legs attached to bodies that have a small head and a larger body. If you spy these bloodsuckers in your house or yard, you might be dealing with an infestation.
Behavior – Ticks survive on the blood of animals, although they may have a preferred host, they don’t discriminate, they feed on whatever is available including mammals, birds, reptiles, humans, deer, livestock, dogs, and cats. Ticks suck blood during all four of their lifecycles, and because of this, pathogens (organisms that cause diseases in animals they infect) can be carried throughout all stages.
If you live near tall grass, or near any type of area with a decent amount of wildlife, ticks may be more abundant in your area. And if you have pets that go out often or any member of your family, they may come back to your home with a tick or two, which can be the cause of a potential tick problem.
Tick-borne illness– You may have a tick problem if any of the members of your family start showing signs of a tick borne illness (Lyme disease, tularemia, rocky mountain spotted fever) with common symptoms including body ache with pains (similar to flu), chills, fever, tiredness, headaches, and a rash. Although these symptoms are also similar to those of other illnesses, you should visit a doctor for a proper diagnosis.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE TICKS
You may have a tick problem because of the following reasons:
– If you have a house in a wooded area and have cats or dogs, or other animals, you are more likely to have a tick infestation.
– Ticks only survive in specific environmental conditions of high humidity (90%) and moistness. If your house is very humid and doesn’t have any temperature control mechanism, you might be inviting ticks into your home.
– There are some outdoor features in your home that might breed ticks. These include leaf piles, woodshed, doghouses, and storage sheds. If you have any of these, be careful when you go out so you don’t bring a tick infestation into your home.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR TICK PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
Ticks are dangerous pests that can cause some serious health implications for you, your family, and pets. You sure don’t want things to get out of hand before fixing the problem. So, here are a few more reasons why you should dial your local pest control expert today:
– Ticks spread some serious diseases including Lyme disease, hence having them scurrying around your property and in your home can be the cause of health problems for yourself and your family.
– Unlike many other pests, tick bites are painless, so you will not know when they have attached on your body and they will continue to suck your blood until they drop off to lay eggs. They will lay eggs in cracks and crevices around your home or in the long grass outside, and you don’t want any of that.
HOW TO HANDLE TICK INFESTATION
Because many tick species are very small, it’s hard to spot them, which makes tick control especially difficult. They don’t jump or fly but often hitch a ride indoors on your pet, humans, or clothing and shoes.
This is why a professional tick control outfit is your best bet at controlling them. We have qualified and successful tick infestation removal companies with us that will ensure that the ticks are removed from inside your house, your yard, and your pets too. What’s more, we will do it safely and without any stress on you. Call one of our highly qualified exterminators today to get started.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER TICK INFESTATION
If you want to keep ticks from disturbing your household in the future, here are some tips to keep them at bay:
– By cutting your grass short and fixing holes in your home, you can take effective steps towards preventing a tick infestation.
– If you have ever noticed a tick on your pet, or if you live in an area where tick infestations are particularly common, then you may want to consider getting your dog or cat on a preventative medication.
– You should properly inspect yourself or your pets anytime you go out if you live in a high-risk area for ticks. Check everywhere, they can attach themselves to unusual places.
– If a tick is already attached to you or any of your family members, get a pair of tweezers or tissue and grab the tick as close to the skin as you can. Twist as you pull out slowly, this is necessary so you don’t leave the mouthparts of the tick on your skin which can cause an infection.