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How Harmful Are The Ticks In Oklahoma City?

May 02, 2022

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The topic of tick disease transmission is a complicated one. Today, we're going to share some simple facts that will help you protect yourself, your family, and your pets from diseases spread by ticks. We'll also cover tick pest control In Oklahoma City and discuss where it fits into disease prevention.

What Do Ticks In Oklahoma City Look Like?

Identification of tick species is helpful for professionals. It is essential for tracking disease transmission and risk factors. We could go into great detail to help you tell the difference between a deer tick, brown dog tick, American dog tick, and varieties of wood ticks found in Oklahoma City, but not only would it be boring, it wouldn't be all that helpful for disease prevention. Tick bite prevention is the same for all tick species. Where identification can be of great value to residents is in identifying seed ticks. What is a seed tick and why is it important to be able to tell them apart from adults? Seed ticks are six-legged ticks. In this early stage, there is a good chance that these baby ticks have not yet come in contact with an animal and contracted disease-causing organisms that impact human (and pet) health. When they develop and grow another set of legs, the chance of disease transmission is much higher.

What Diseases Do Ticks Spread?

There are several diseases that can be spread by ticks. Before we tell you what they are, you should know that your chances of serious symptoms or chronic symptoms are low, even if you are bitten by an adult tick. Unfortunately, there is a potential for tick bite paralysis, serious flu-like symptoms, lifelong symptoms and medical complications due to tick-related microorganisms. The CDC relates that there is a growing concern for tick-borne diseases and that the infection rate is climbing significantly. What disease do ticks spread? 

  • Anaplasmosis

  • Babesiosis

  • Ehrlichiosis

  • Powassan virus

  • Borrelia miyamotoi disease

  • Borrelia mayonii disease

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

  • Lyme disease

  • Heartland virus

  • Colorado tick fever

  • Bourbon virus

  • Southern tick-associated rash illness

  • And more.

We encourage you to look into the symptoms and disease transmission maps for these diseases spread by ticks. Tick protection isn't just about control methods. Knowledge is essential for disease prevention. 

What Are Some Effective Tick-Prevention Tips?

There are two ways to prevent tick bites. In this section, we're going to talk about what you can do to personally protect yourself. In the next section, we'll talk about tick control in your yard. Here are our best tips for personal tick protection.

  • Spray repellent on your legs. Mosquito repellent can keep ticks from scaling your body and attaching to your skin.

  • Wear bright colors so you can see ticks as they scale your clothing.

  • Avoid grass and woodland areas where ticks are known to be. 

  • Do a tick check when you go back inside. Early detection and removal can prevent tick diseases.

  • Use a tick-removal tool or needle-nose tweezers to remove ticks.

  • Perform routine checks of your dog or cat.

These tips are useful for when you're away from home. If you want to guard yourself from tick bites while in your yard, a better solution is to apply tick control to your yard.

How Do I Keep Ticks Away From My Yard?

Routine treatments applied to areas where ticks develop or where questing ticks lie in wait for a host to pass by can stop ticks in their tracks. These tricks can be standalone or a part of a year-round perimeter pest control plan for your home. If you live in Oklahoma City, reach out to us here at Epoch Pest Solutions for assistance with getting pest control for your home. The best way to prevent tick bites is to not have ticks around.

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