Ticks: Don't Let Your Family Get Caught Off Guard This Year

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If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors or tending to your garden, keep a watchful eye out for ticks. Ticks have a bad reputation with good reason. Some ticks pick up, carry and transmit dangerous pathogens to humans. Once an infected tick bites you or someone you love, it could be potentially dangerous for your health.

You can learn much about ticks, including where the pests live and how they transmit diseases. Here's your guide to ticks.
Where Do Ticks Live Around Your Home?

Ticks live all over the United States, including Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Tick aren't related to bugs like the American cockroach or beetle. In fact, ticks belong to the arachnid family, which consists of scorpions, spiders and mites. The hearty pests can survive throughout the year, even during cold weather. Ticks can use the body heat of their hosts to survive cold weather.

Ticks generally live in places with grass, wood and other natural foliage like your garden and plants. Ticks can stick to the blades or leaves of plants and transfer to your clothing and skin when you accidentally bump into or rub against them.

Wild and domesticated animals like deer and dogs can also carry ticks from one location to another. Once you pick up a tick, it can travel to your armpit, groin or another warm, moist place to feed. Ticks can feed silently. Unless you check these areas of your body, you might not even know that you have ticks on you.

How Do Ticks Transmit Diseases?

Out of 800 known species, only a small number of the pests present serious health risks to humans. These include the wood tick (American dog tick) and the deer tick (blacklegged tick). Both wood and deer ticks can pick up Lyme disease from an infected animal and spread the pathogen to humans when they feed on them.

The bacteria that cause Lyme disease potentially take 24 hours or less to transfer from tick to human. Once the germ invades your body, it doesn't attack right away. It may take a week or so for a person with a tick-borne disease to show symptoms. But once symptoms do show, you may experience muscle weakness, red spots or skin rashes and joint pain.

Some individuals develop severe reactions from the actual bites of ticks. The bites may cause breathing problems, pain and swelling. If you or someone else experiences any of the symptom previously mentioned, seek medical care immediately. Tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease can cause permanent nerve, joint or heart damage.
How Do You Protect Your Family From Ticks?

You can take steps to keep your loved ones safe from ticks by having your property inspected. A professional pest control company can examine your bushes, wooded areas and other locations with plants for ticks. Pest control can also inspect your garden for tick eggs and larvae.

Pest control can use residual chemical treatments to control or keep ticks away from your home. The treatments can prevent young ticks from maturing into adults by hindering their growth. The treatments may also prevent the eggs of ticks from hatching. If ticks can't reach the next stages in their development, they won’t have the ability to breed.

You may also need to take precautions on your property to help keep ticks away from your home and family. For instance, you can keep your grass mowed and bushes trimmed. Also, keep overhanging tree limbs and branches away from your house or fencing. If wild animals like deer roam your area, place barriers between your property and them.

If you need assistance in tick-proofing your home and property, contact the experts at Paffy's Pest Control for more information.