Ticks are tiny parasitic insects that live in shady, moist areas of dense brush. They don’t jump, scurry or even fly to reach their hosts, but rather simply fall or hitchhike onto skin, fur and clothing. Because, although ticks are small, the diseases they can pass on from a bite are quite dangerous.
How can you tell if you’ve been bitten by a tick and are at risk for contracting Lyme disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the appearance of a “bullseye” rash is often the first sign, occurring in about 70-90 percent of cases.
TICK PREVENTION TIPS
Landscape your yard: Keep grass cut low, and remove weeds, woodpiles, and debris. Ticks are found in high grass and in yards with shrubbery.
Protect your skin: Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes when outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grasses. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.
Use an effective insect repellent: Always apply an insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET to protect against ticks when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
Regularly check for ticks: Most ticks require 24-48 hours of feeding before they can transmit infections successfully, so it’s crucial to perform a thorough tick check immediately after spending time outdoors. Be sure to check all areas of the body, including the hair.
Don’t forget about pets: Check pets frequently for ticks, especially after the animal has been outside. Consult with a veterinarian about prevention and treatment options available to pets and wash pet bedding and toys frequently.
Brush up on proper removal techniques: Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick, using a slow, steady pulling motion. Wash hands and the bite site thoroughly with soap and water. Flush the tick down a toilet, or wrap it in tissue, before disposing in a closed receptacle.
HOW WE CONTROL TICKS
At Budget Pest Control our experienced technicians allow us to confidently find problem areas in your yard or household that these nasty bugs hide. Our tick service focuses on your problem zones along with low lying shaded areas, or bushes around the yard to not only provide tick elimination but also tick control, which will help to prevent them from entering your yard, home or business. One call to Budget Pest Control starts the ball rolling. Answer a few quick questions about your infestation and our office technicians will put together an estimate for a tick control plan for you, your pets and your property.
Contact Budget Pest Control Services for a free estimate or more details. 412-318-4912
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