What are ticks?
Many people may think of ticks as insects, but they are actually arachnids. Ticks have four pairs of legs as adults and tend to be very small, rarely growing larger than a centimeter in length. The appearance of ticks varies based on species, but most ticks tend to be shades of brown and black, with some species bearing patterns like spots on their legs and backs. All ticks are parasitic pests and spend their time searching for humans or animals to bite and feed on.
Ticks are not pests you want crawling around your property. Infestations tend to become widespread quickly, and it’s important to invest in professional tick removal to avoid all the problems they bring. In order to prevent tick bites, professional tick control is the best way possible to combat these pests.
Are ticks dangerous?
Ticks are dangerous, and tick bites are something that you should avoid. As a tick bites humans and animals, it picks up bacteria and pathogens. These lie dormant in a tick’s body until they bite a different human or animal, transferring the bacteria and pathogens to them. Diseases caused by ticks include serious illnesses such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and tularemia, among many others.
Serious symptoms of a tick bite that indicate it’s time to seek medical attention include a bullseye-shaped rash around the bite site, swelling, pain, fatigue, nausea, joint pain or weakness, and dizziness.
Why do I have a tick problem?
Ticks tend to frequent properties that have lots of harborage areas to hide in and animals or humans to feed on. They may also be introduced to your property by wildlife passing through or dogs and cats that spend time outdoors.
Where will I find ticks?
You are most likely to find ticks hiding in overgrown areas or patches of long grass; they also frequent piles of debris and woodpiles. If they are on you and attempting to feed, you might find ticks hiding in warm, hard-to-notice locations on your body, such as armpits, between fingers and toes, and behind ears. You may also find ticks on cats, dogs, or other animals you may have around your property.
How do I get rid of ticks?
It’s essential to get rid of ticks to avoid the health risks they bring. Eco Valley Pest Control is ready to help you with this task and keep dangerous ticks at bay on your property. Call us today to learn how we tailor our home pest control treatments to your property and help you reclaim your indoor and outdoor areas from these pests.
How can I prevent ticks in the future?
Tick prevention is essential to ensuring your property is safe from these biting pests. The steps below help keep ticks away:
- Treat any pets on your property with a veterinarian-approved tick repellent to stop these pests from biting your pets and catching a ride indoors on them.
- Check pets for ticks often by brushing them and giving baths when necessary.
- Take steps to keep wildlife out of your yard to stop them from dropping off ticks around outdoor areas.
- Cut back long grass and overgrown foliage in addition to removing piles of debris and storing woodpiles in elevated spaces to reduce tick harborage areas.
- Address moisture issues contributing to the humid or damp conditions ticks love to be around.
Contact Eco Valley Pest Control today for more information on preventing dangerous tick invaders or to request Phoenix pest control assistance.