Why Professional Tick Treatment is Worth It
September 19, 2018
As summer fades to fall, spending time outdoors becomes more enjoyable. Temperatures begin to cool, and biting, stinging pests aren’t quite as prevalent as they were in the thick of summer.
There is one pest, however, that remains strong all through autumn, a particular pest that makes many people afraid to venture outdoors.
North Carolina is home to several different species of ticks. Blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks), the American dog tick, the Lone Star tick, and the brown dog tick are all common here. Each has small variations in size and coloring, but they all share similar life cycles.
Ticks are active anytime the temperatures are even moderately warm, and they don’t die off in winter if temperatures don’t get bitterly cold for an extended period of time. That makes North Carolina a perfect breeding ground for them.
If ticks were simply a nuisance pest, it wouldn’t be so bad, but unfortunately, they are far worse than that. Ticks are parasitic pests, requiring a blood meal in order to live. They are also carriers of a host of diseases, which they can easily pass along to whatever or whomever they find to feed on.
While tick-borne diseases vary from species to species, some common ones are babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, Powassan virus, and Lyme disease. Many of these illnesses are first mistaken for the flu because the symptoms can be similar. Adding to the confusion, a person may not even think to suspect a tick-borne illness because ticks can often attach, feed, and release themselves from a person without being noticed.
If these early symptoms: fever, muscle and joint aches, headache, rash, etc. are quickly and correctly diagnosed, treatment is very effective. However, if left untreated, many of these illnesses can cause chronic pain and problems including neurological problems, partial paralysis, severe joint pain, and more.
Avoiding ticks is certainly the best way to ensure you don’t end up with a tick-borne disease, but unless you want to live a life stuck inside, fearful to step outdoors, knowledge is your best defense against these bothersome pests. Besides, since pets often bring them indoors, even staying locked inside won’t keep you 100% safe.
What knowledge will help you avoid ticks?
First, if walking in areas with tall grasses or in wooded areas, wear long, light-colored pants. This will help make any ticks you pick up easier to spot. Wear DEET to help repel them and check yourself carefully upon returning home. (Keeping pants tucked into your socks will help as well.)
In your own yard, keep your grass cut short and remove leaf and brush piles. Consider placing a barrier between your lawn and the treeline, and keep your pets’ tick treatments up-to-date.
Finally, go on the offense by enlisting the help of the professionals at A-1 Pest Control. Our Plus and Complete Plans both include outdoor tick control, as well as year-round protection from a host of other pests. We also offer one-time only pest services. Give yourself peace of mind; call us today.