Ticks In My Backyard
If you are like most homeowners, the idea of tiny ticks running around your backyard is frightening. You know they may be there, but you can't even see them, making it nearly impossible for you to get rid of on your own. Along with the creepy pests roaming your property is the added stress that they are dangerous for both people and pets. Wouldn't it be satisfying to take control over your backyard and enjoy it stress-free?
Why Backyard Tick Treatment Is Important
Unfortunately for homeowners in Virginia, ticks are back and 2017 may be the worst tick season yet. The past winter was extremely wet and warmer than usual. This caused the resurgence of ticks to begin earlier, creating more ticks for the summer. With more ticks come more concern for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses for people and pets in the Northeast regions of the United States, including Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.
Lyme disease is caused by the germs in the saliva of certain ticks that are transmitted when they feed on people and animals (including your pets). The ‘black legged tick” or deer tick is the most dangerous as it can be responsible for transmitting 2-3 different disease organisms simultaneously. The ‘brown dog ticks’ mostly attach to animals, putting your pets at risk for a number of diseases.
How To Prevent Lyme
Always check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors. Don’t wait, check as often as possible and right before going indoors. Ticks often attach themselves to the more hidden areas such as the groin, armpit, and scalp. Tick nymphs can be very tiny, so it's important to do a thorough check for small dots on the skin. Shake out clothing when inspecting yourself as they may not have found their way to the skin yet. If you do find an embedded tick, it is important that you properly remove the tick and pay close attention to the bite site. If the site develops into a rash, bull's-eye pattern, or you begin feeling sick you should seek medical help for early treatment. Prevention of tick-borne illnesses is much easier than treatment after-the-fact. These diseases can be debilitating and treatments can be long-term.
How To Get Rid Of Ticks
While preventing ticks may seem like a difficult task, you can help protect your household by using veterinarian approved flea and tick products on your pets. This will decrease the chances of your pets bringing ticks into your home. Check dogs and cats regularly along with their bedding for any stray ticks. While DIY tick prevention methods and over-the-counter yard sprays for ticks exist, they often require constant maintenance, can be dangerous, and often times aren't even effective. For efficient, effective, and stress-free tick control, you will need to take a comprehensive approach, by calling a professional pest control service like American Pest. American Pest in Virginia uses a customized management system to control both mosquitoes and ticks in your backyard that can help reduce your risk of tick-borne diseases as well as mosquito-borne viruses. Give American Pest a call today to see how we can help you take back control of your yard!
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