Problems with Tick Infestations

Despite numerous sprays, creams, ointments, and salves that are out on the market today, many homeowners find that it is a challenge to keep ticks and other blood-sucking pests off your property, pets, and skin for long. Ticks are often found by noticing an itchy red bumpy tick bite with the tick hanging on to the skin directly in the center. Removing an entire latched-on tick, especially when the tick has dug its head into the skin for some time, can be a challenge. 

If no tick is present on the skin, tick bites can often be identified by their resulting effects. A circular red rash may form around the site of the bite and spread outward. In addition to being a common sign of a previous tick bite, it may be an early warning sign of Lyme’s disease. If you were bitten by a tick and are noticing symptoms where you you were bit, seek medical attention immediately.

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Dangers Of Tick Bites For People And Pets

Because tick bites are accompanied by a number of severe illnesses and diseases, it is important to be aware of the risks they pose. Humans are the most commonly affected party to fall prey to ticks, although some pets such as dogs and cats can suffer severe consequences from a tick bite. Common problems resulting from tick-borne dangers can include:

  • Lyme’s Disease. This may cause severe damage to your nervous system, which forces the body to enter a constant stage of exhaustion while fighting off bacteria that may attack your eyes, heart, liver, kidneys, joints, and more.
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This is another bacterial infection that may cause lifelong chronic illness and pain.
  • Powassan. This can cause neurological issues, severe seizures, and death, especially in small children or the elderly.

Typically, ticks are generally only capable of spreading infectious or bacterial diseases to the host after being attached for 12 hours or longer. However, if you are bitten by a tick, we recommend maximum precautions. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a tick in any way, consult your doctor or physician immediately.

Pets are fairly vulnerable to these same infections as well, so if your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian.

Where Are Ticks Most Often Found?

If you suspect that you have ticks on your property, practice prevention and complete certain maintenance tasks to reduce their spread and achieve extermination.

Ticks are most often found around areas of the lawn that have been allowed to get tall or run wild. Ticks commonly engage in a “searching” behavior in which they grasp onto the top of a blade of grass or branch and search for a host to latch onto. Once contact is made, the tick will burrow into the host’s skin and hang on for the ride. Homeowners can find ticks on lawns, trees, shrubbery, and more.

Homeowners can mitigate tick risks and can removing the wildlife that carry and spread ticks by removing moist harborages, mowing or trimming tall grasses, and by wearing protective clothing such as long pants, socks, closed-toe shoes, sleeves, and hand gloves when doing lawn and garden maintenance work.  Obtaining regular pest control services from a licensed extermination company that you can trust will also help.

Having Tick Infestation Problems? Talk to an Exterminator!

As a homeowner, you should never allow ticks and other disease-carrying pests to be present in your home or on your lawn, regardless of whether or not they are impacting your lifestyle. Ticks are a public health hazard, because they can send victims to the hospital with severe headaches, nausea, paralysis, and more with just a single bite. For assistance with tick control and other blood-sucking pests, reach out to a professional pest exterminator today.