Harmful Charactertistics Of Ticks

Why are ticks such a problem?

Here's Why:

A tick’s bite is painful, sticking you and eating until they are full. Ticks feed very quickly. On top of having a painful bite, ticks are also considered vectors as they can carry and transmit diseases. Ticks are most commonly known for carrying Lyme disease. Other diseases that ticks can carry are Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis. Some of these diseases may cause severe illness and sometimes may be fatal.

Ticks are one of the only insects that once they bite the host; they stay attached to the host. To treat a tick bite, first, you have to remove the tick from your skin carefully. A recommendation is to use tweezers and carefully pluck it out.  You want to be able to remove the head as well. Pulling the tick can break the head away from the body leaving it in the wound. Once you remove the tick, cleanse the area with warm soapy water and alcohol.  It would be wise to see a doctor immediately if you start experiencing flu-like symptoms and a circular bullseye rash. To minimize any encounters with ticks, give Pest Proof Pest Management a call.

How To Take Action Against Ticks

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This Is How To Deal With Ticks

To get rid of ticks around your home, you can start by dusting your home for tick eggs.  Sweep your floors and vacuum your carpets thoroughly. Declutter your house as best as possible, giving ticks fewer places to hide. Wash all linens and fabrics in hot water. If you have any indoor pets, you will want to check them for ticks, remove them and treat them.  Since pets can bring ticks in from outside, you may want to put a tick collar of them to help deter the ticks.

To help fight the tick battle outside of your home, you may want to cut back vegetation.  Frequently mowing your lawn will give ticks fewer areas to sit and wait for a host. Raking and clearing your yard of brush and dead leaves will also help.  The fewer ticks have to grasp on to, the less chance they have of actually clinging to a host walking by.

The most significant measure to help kill off ticks and keep them away is to hire professions such as our pest control company.  We have special equipment and techniques to eliminate the tick problem from within your home and outside and around your house. We here at Pest Proof Pest Management use environmentally friendly solutions to help you with your tick infestation.  Please feel free to call upon us at your earliest convenience.

General Information About Ticks

Ticks are from the arachnid family and a form of parasite, feeding off of the blood of mammals, birds and sometimes amphibians and reptiles. All ticks are a part of one of the two families, hard ticks and soft ticks. Both families will find their potential host by their odor or the vibrations they put off in the air. Ticks can also sense body heat.

Living all around the world, they are more prone to be found in warm climate areas. Ticks need the warm moist environment to undergo metamorphosis and this environment also keeps the tick hydrated. Ticks will cling onto grass or leaves with their hind legs and will have their front legs stretched outward waiting for a passerby host. Larger ticks will climb up higher foliage to attach to bigger hosts.

Ticks have four stages in their life cycle; egg, larva, nymph and adult.  This life cycle takes about a year to complete. Ticks can be a danger to you, your family and your pets. Pest Proof Pest Management would like to help you protect you and your loved ones from these blood-sucking mites.

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How To Identify Ticks

Ticks are small, approximately three to five millimeters long.  They are usually brown. Although they look like other insects, the fact that they have four sets of legs (eight legs total) makes them arachnids.  One body characteristic that separates ticks from spiders as arachnids are that spiders have two body segments where ticks have none. Ticks are flat and expand when they finish feeding.  The fact that they are all flat body and legs makes it easier for them to attach to their host, undetected. Hard ticks have their mouths on the front of their bodies as soft ticks have their mouths under them.  Another difference a hard and soft tick is the hard tick has a hard shell on its back for protection as soft ticks do not.

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