When it comes to protecting yourself and the ones you love from tick-related diseases, it is important to understand the problems associated with ticks. Hopefully, this quick guide will help clarify any questions you have.
In Missouri, we have brown dog ticks, blacklegged ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, and more. Brown dog ticks attack dogs and rarely attack humans. American dog ticks can target a wide range of creatures including dogs, mice, rats, cattle, deer, and even humans. Ticks that target humans may target them indirectly by coming into a home on a pet and establishing themselves in a location where people sleep or lounge. They can also target humans directly when individuals are outside.
Ticks can come into a home on dogs, cats, humans, and also rodents. If you're noticing ticks in your home and you don't have pets, it may be another furry animal bringing them in.
Anything you do to reduce wildlife in your yard will also help in reducing ticks. Ticks don't come into your yard on their own. They ride into your yard on animals. Keep your exterior trash sealed, and protect any food sources in your yard to deter larger animals. Keep shrubs trimmed neatly and reduce vegetation near your foundation walls to deter rodents.
Ticks can fly into your yard. Not on their own. They use birds as hosts. That means your bird feeders might be increasing the tick population in your yard.
Ticks can be found around the perimeter of a home in shaded locations because this is where rodents and other wildlife hide. Pest control technicians apply products to these locations to reduce ticks. Because these locations are also where mosquitoes hide, this treatment works to reduce mosquitoes as well.
Make sure all your pets have veterinarian prescribed tick control products. This will help to protect them from tick-related diseases and help to prevent them from bringing ticks inside your home.
When you are outside, you can prevent ticks by avoiding tall grass and bushes. Tuck your pants into your socks and consider spraying mosquito repellent on your legs and feet.
Be sure to check for ticks when you come back inside. It takes 24-48 hours for Lyme disease and some other tick diseases to transfer from an infected tick. Finding and removing ticks quickly can help to prevent illness.
If you are in Missouri, be aware that Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions offers year-round pest control service that will protect your family from mice, rats, other wildlife, and ticks. We back our service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. When it comes to protecting your family and pets from tick-related illness, you shouldn't settle for anything less.