What are ticks?
Ticks are arachnids, so they're related to predators like scorpions and spiders. However, instead of sucking the innards out of some helpless cricket, parasitic ticks suck the blood out of an unsuspecting host.
Are ticks dangerous?
Ticks are definitely dangerous. You might not think so because they're slow and small and don't have fangs or stingers. However, ticks have something even worse; deadly pathogens.
These blood-feeders can spread illnesses like Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If not diagnosed and treated quickly, these diseases can leave you permanently disabled or dead.
Where do ticks live?
Ticks typically live in wooded areas or places with thick vegetation because it's easy for them to access hosts like deer, coyotes, etc. However, if ticks are getting regular meals by feeding on you or your pets, they'll happily take up residence on your property.
What do ticks eat?
Ticks feed exclusively on blood. Since they're not agile like fleas and can't fly like mosquitoes, they must rely on other methods to get a meal.
Ticks hide in tall grass or tree branches and either crawl up their hosts or drop onto them from above. Once on a host, ticks dig in – quite literally. They embed themselves in the skin of their host, where they feed for up to several days.
How do I know if I have a tick problem?
If you find a tick on yourself after coming in from a wilderness area, don't panic. You probably picked it up on your hike or picnic and brought it home. It doesn't necessarily mean you have a tick infestation.
On the other hand, if you keep finding ticks every time you walk outside in your backyard, you probably have a tick problem. This problem is not something to ignore, as every tick bite poses the potential for exposure to a tick-borne disease.
How can I prevent a tick infestation?
There are several ways you can avoid getting a breeding population of ticks around your Oklahoma City home:
- Check yourself and all members of your household (including pets) for ticks when coming in from outdoor activities.
- Treat hiking gear and clothing with picaridin before heading to the trail.
- Talk to your vet about preventative medicines for cats and dogs, especially if they spend time outside.
- Take measures to avoid wildlife infestations that can introduce ticks.
That last one is a biggie. No matter how many anti-tick measures you take yourself, they won't mean anything if raccoons and rats bring ticks onto your property, so you'll want to avoid attracting these tick taxis. Reach out to us today to learn more about our home pest control services.
How do I get rid of ticks?
Getting rid of a tick infestation on your property is almost impossible if you don't know what you're doing. The good news is we've got your back here at Epoch Pest Solutions. Our experts know exactly where these pests hide and how to flush them out. So don't hesitate to contact us if you're ready to kick ticks to the bricks in Idaho Falls.