From a mild winter into an early start to the spring season, common warm weather pests are back with a vengeance, and early. Last week we focused on the return of fleas and this week we’re focusing on another warm weather pest, the backlegged tick. Also known as deer ticks, they are often linked with Lyme disease as they have the ability to infect humans and pets with the disease. While not as much of a problem in St. Louis and Missouri as in other states, ticks and Lyme disease are present and so it is important to learn more about ticks including how to avoid ticks.
The blacklegged tick has dark legs as and a paler body hence the name, blacklegged. At only 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in size, they can be very hard to spot. Like many ticks, they will wait in transitional areas such as the edge of woods, near a fence, or near a path and when a host passes, they will climb or drop on to feed. More wood dense areas and tall grassy areas are at the highest risk for having ticks. In order to prevent and avoid ticks, our St. Louis pest control professionals suggest:
wearing light colored clothing that covers the skin when in areas known to have ticks as their dark bodies will be much easier spotted on light colored fabrics
staying in the middle of trails rather than in the deeper wooded or tall grass areas
using a repellent with a high level of DEET known to help ward off ticks
keeping your pets protected with high quality tick treatments especially during the warmer months (these can be purchased at your local veterinarian office)
checking all clothing, bodies, and your pets for any tick sightings after spending time outside
mowing areas with tall grass or cleaning up un-landscaped areas to avoid hiding places for ticks
For residents in St. Louis and Mid Missouri areas who are concerned about ticks on their property, contact Rottler today! Our trained pest control technicians will be able to identify the most common areas to come into contact with ticks and treat those areas with an effective tick control solution. Do not let your outdoor fun be ruined by the fear of a tick bite this year. You can still enjoy nature even when ticks are at higher than normal levels.