Hidden Dangers Of Ticks
July 27, 2018
Ticks are a growing problem in the United States and the North Carolina region is no exception. The ticks specific to North Carolina are American dog ticks, black-legged ticks, brown dog ticks, and Lone Star ticks. These parasitic pests can be picked up just about anywhere outdoors as they lurk on branches, trees, leaves, and tall grasses, especially during the warmer months. These tiny pests can be transported from place to place on wild animals, pets, shoes, clothing, and even on our skin! These pests are considered a general nuisance, but more importantly, they are considered dangerous due to the diseases they can carry and transfer to humans, pets, and wild animals alike.
The tick-borne diseases common in North Carolina usually present with flu-like symptoms as they are caused by a bacterial infection from the saliva of the tick. Ticks carry a variety of diseases including anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The flu-like symptoms of these diseases can include fever, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, and a rash. If the symptoms of these diseases are caught early enough, these diseases can be treated with antibiotics and not cause any further problems; however, babesiosis, which is caused by a microscopic parasite that ticks can carry that can cause blood cells to become infected and this disease, will need a different form of treatment.
People and pets that spend a lot of time outside are more at risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. Yards and properties with large tick populations are considered infested. A tick infestation and that can be extremely dangerous to yourself, your family, and your pets as it significantly increases your chances of coming into contact with these pests. In order to survive, ticks need to feed on blood; once a tick finds a warm, moist place on your skin, it will painlessly bite you and then burrow into your skin to feed where it can then remain for up to ten days! The longer a tick remains burrowed in the skin, the higher the chances are that a tick-borne illness will be transmitted.
It is very important to reduce the tick population in your yard and to check for ticks after spending time outdoors. Seeking the help of a pest control professional is the best way to reduce the tick populations and lower the risk of tick-borne illnesses on your property.
To reduce tick populations in your yard, you can call on A-1 Pest Control! We have been protecting homes and businesses in the Western North Carolina area for over 50 years by providing effective residential pest control services. Contact us at A-1 Pest Control for more information about how we can help solve your tick problems!