Spring is here! The days are getting warmer. The flowers are blooming. The birds are singing. The ticks are hatching. What?! That’s right — ticks that remained sheltered under leaf litter during the winter months are emerging, and they are hungry. Use these tips and tricks to protect you, your family and your pets from ticks this spring.
Ticks Can Transmit Disease
Ticks are arachnids, more closely related to spiders and scorpions than insects. They are also parasites that live off of the blood of hosts like mice, deer, pets and even humans. To eat, they cut into their host’s skin and excrete a material that prevents the blood from clotting. Ticks may feed for several days before detaching from their host and dropping to the ground. Just before they release, ticks regurgitate a little bit of their meal and this is the time when bacteria can be transferred. Ticks can transmit dangerous pathogens that cause illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Prevention is key when protecting yourself and your family from ticks. Avoid tall grass and dense vegetation. These places are where ticks like to hang out when waiting to hitch a ride on a new host. If you’re out hiking, tuck your shirt into your pants and wear high socks to reduce spots where ticks can sneak onto your body. Ticks are attracted to light colored clothing, so it is best to wear wear darker clothes.
This deer tick landed on one of Catseye's pest management technicians when he was checking a client's property for pest problems.
Check for Ticks
If you have been outside, whether it was hiking or doing yard work, always check for ticks. These little pests prefer warm cracks and crevices so remember to check your bellybutton, armpits, inside elbows, scalp, around any tight seams like your waistband and between your toes. If you spot a tick make sure you know how to properly remove it.
Catseye Pest Control has a tick prevention treatment that helps keep ticks off your property, protecting you and your pets. Contact us if you would like to learn more about this prevention treatment.