Ticks are not insects, but arachnids, like spiders and scorpions. They have eight legs and a mouthpart that can pierce the skin of their hosts and suck their blood. Ticks can feed on a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, rodents, birds, and humans.
Ticks are not only annoying, but also harmful. They can transmit many diseases to humans and animals, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, tularemia, babesiosis, and tick-borne encephalitis. These diseases can cause serious symptoms such as fever, headache, rash, joint pain, muscle weakness, paralysis, and even death.
The best way to prevent tick bites and diseases is to avoid contact with ticks and their habitats. Ticks are usually found in wooded areas, tall grasses, leaf litter, and shrubs. When you go outdoors, wear long sleeves, pants, socks, and shoes. Use insect repellents that contain DEET or picaridin on your skin and clothing. Check yourself, your pets, and your gear for ticks after being outdoors. Remove any ticks you find as soon as possible with tweezers or a tick removal tool.
But how do you know if your pet has ticks? Sometimes it can be hard to tell, especially if your pet has long or dark fur. Here are some signs that may indicate a tick infestation:
– Your pet scratches or bites itself more than usual
– You see small bumps or scabs on your pet’s skin
– You notice redness or swelling around the bite area
– You find ticks or their eggs on your pet’s fur or bedding
– Your pet shows signs of illness such as fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, or lameness
If you suspect that your pet has ticks, you should take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Some tick-borne diseases can be fatal if left untreated.
However, avoiding ticks is not always possible or enough. Sometimes you may need professional help to get rid of them from your home or yard. That’s where Extra Mile Pest Control comes in. We have the experience, the equipment, and the products to eliminate ticks from your property. We use safe and effective methods that target the ticks at every stage of their life cycle: eggs, nymphs, and adults. We also use insect growth regulators (IGRs) that prevent the ticks from reproducing and spreading.
If you have a tick problem or want to prevent one from happening, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We offer free estimates and guarantee our work. We will go the extra mile to make sure you and your family are safe from ticks and other pests.
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