Summer Pest To watch Out For: Ticks

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In a few months, it will be summer time again.  It is once again time for preparing for beach trips, long road trips, movie watching, or going out to the great outdoors..  There is one other thing that is important to know this summer:  ticks will be back.

Ticks are small, bloodsucking insects that live on human blood, other mammals, birds, and reptiles.  They are capable of transmitting diseases, some of which are life-threatening if not treated.  Some of the diseases they spread are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever, African tick bite fever, typhus, Q fever, and many more.

They are classified into two: Ixodidae and Argasidae.  In layman’s term, they are the hard ticks and soft ticks.

Of the two types, it is the hard tick that causes the problem to your household.

Habitat

Ticks are found all over the planet.  They like warm, humid climate.  They live in grassy, bushy, or wooded areas.  Inside your home, they like to stay around your doors and windows, your furniture, and under the seams of your couch.  Check also for ticks at the corners of the walls of your house.

Control

Here are some tips on how to prevent ticks from intruding your home:

  1. Remember to use repellents.  Look for repellents that contain at least 20% DEED to keep the ticks away.
  2. For clothing that you will use outdoors, treat them with repellents that contain .5% Permethrin.  This will keep your clothing protected for weeks, even with washing.
  3. If you are going outdoors, avoid wooded areas, bushes, and tall grasses.   These areas could be infested with ticks.  Check your clothing for ticks and shower at once after going for an outdoor activity.   If you find ticks on your clothes, place it in a dryer on high heat temperature.  Do this for 10 – 15 minutes to kill the ticks.  Do not forget to examine your gear too.
  4. Inspect your entire body for ticks; use a handheld or a full-  length mirror to view all parts of your body.  If you do find ticks, use a tweezer to pull them out.
  5. Clean the house.  Indoors, sweep, mop, and vacuum carpets and rugs regularly.  Remove any clutter in your home, like your unwashed clothes and used toys.  Outside, remove dead leaves, trash, and sticks that scatter around your yard.  Trim bushes on your yard and cut off tall grass to keep them short.
  6.  Protect your pets.  You can use tick collars, oral medication, or spray protection to keep your pets tick – free.

If you already suspect tick infestation, you may need to call in the experts.  We highly recommend Lake Norman Pest Control Company for all your pest control needs.

Why Lake Norman Pest Control Company?

It has been serving- and satisfying- customers for several years.  They use state-of-the-art equipment and a method that is family-friendly and pet-friendly.

The company has a team of highly skilled and well – trained professionals who are equipped with only the state- of- the- art equipment and a method that is both family and pet-friendly.

Lake Norman Pest Control Company is a family-owned pest control company that has earned the trust of local homeowners and businesses alike.