Do Ticks Live Around Your Home?
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.
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.
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.
Do Ticks Transmit Diseases?
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.
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
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.
Do You Protect Your Family From Ticks?
can take steps to keep your loved ones safe from ticks by having
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.
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
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.
you need assistance in tick-proofing your home and property, contact
the experts at Paffy's