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A Handy Guide To Protect Your Home From Idaho Falls' Dangerous Ticks

July 24, 2022

a tick crawling on human skin and biting

You want your yard to be a haven for your family and animals. The last thing you want to be concerned about after enjoying an afternoon outdoors is contracting a disease from ticks in the yard. If you desire a safe environment to relax and play in, secure the best pest control In Idaho Falls,  Epoch Pest Solutions. Read this brief article to be educated about ticks in your yard.

Characteristics Of Common Ticks

Because it is tick season in Idaho, it is beneficial to your safety to learn how to identify ticks. Although mistaken as insects, ticks are arthropods.

Characteristics of arthropods like ticks include:

  • A segmented body (ticks have two segments)

  • Segmented legs

  • The left and right sides are mirrors of each other

  • A hard covering over each body segment (i.e., an exoskeleton)

A characteristic of ticks is they shed their exoskeleton as they continue to grow: this process is molting. Interestingly, the spinal cord of a tick runs along its stomach, and the food passage travels along its back. Ticks possess six to eight legs but do not have wings.

To enable them to feed, ticks have stylets so they can penetrate the skin and maintain a grip on the host during feeding. As they are feeding, the idiosoma, which is part of their body region, expands with blood from the host. 

Not Every Tick Bite Will Lead To Disease

Ticks are known for transmitting viruses, protozoa, and bacteria to humans and animals. In some people, a bite from a tick may trigger an allergic reaction or result in skin irritation.

Despite their reputation as disease spreaders, not every tick bite will result in disease transmission. For example, Idaho is home to the wood tick, and this type of tick rarely transfers diseases to its host. Because it usually takes 24 to 36 hours for a tick to transmit the disease, quickly removing it after it bites will help keep you from contracting the disease from the tick. When you remove the tick, use tweezers to pull out the tick's head because if you leave the head, you increase disease transmission.

Five Naturally Effective Ways To Protect Yourself From Ticks

Although quick removal of the tick reduces your chance of contracting a disease, you need to take steps for tick control.

Five effective ways to keep yourself safe from ticks are: 

  1. Mow the lawn regularly and on a low setting due to ticks in grass.

  2. Maintain a three-foot perimeter consisting of gravel, mulch, or wood chips between your lawn and any wooded area around the home. 

  3. Dispose of leaf piles and rake up leaves in damp, shady areas.

  4. Keep shrubs trimmed. 

  5. Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and minimize skin exposure. 

After being outdoors, check your clothing and pets for ticks. Taking a shower shortly after coming inside will aid in the discovery of ticks in hidden places like armpits, belly buttons, behind the ears, and your hair.

The Best Tick Control Method For Your Idaho Falls Yard

If you live near a wooded area or fields with tall grass, you have a high potential for ticks in your yard. If you have a shady yard with damp, leafy areas, you have a higher risk for ticks. Although not all tick bites result in disease, you don't want to risk contracting Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. 

To prevent ticks in your Idaho Falls yard, contact the licensed experts at Epoch Pest Solutions, your tick control company in Idaho Falls. Our trained professionals will use environmentally safe products and methods to solve your tick infestation. We will also help you identify additional steps you can take to ensure a safe outdoor experience for your family and pets. Reach out to us today and get peace of mind by getting a start on our effective home pest control and commercial pest control services.

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