Ticks are a type of arachnid that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They’re a major problem around the world and can cause illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Powassan virus. In order to prevent illness and protect yourself, it’s important to know what ticks are, how to prevent them, and how to treat them if they become a problem.
What are Ticks?
Ticks are small, 8-legged arachnids that feed on the blood of their hosts. They can be found in a variety of habitats, including grassy areas, wooded areas, and even your own backyard. They can vary in size from as small as a pinhead to as large as a grape. Some ticks will cling to their host and feed for days, while others will feed for a few hours and then drop off.
How Do Ticks Spread?
Ticks spread through contact with their hosts. They can also be spread through contact with other animals or people who have been in contact with ticks. It’s important to always check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks after being outdoors in areas where ticks could be present.
How to Prevent Ticks
The best way to prevent ticks is to avoid areas where they’re commonly found, such as grassy or wooded areas. If you must go into these areas, it’s important to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce the risk of contact with ticks. Additionally, it’s important to wear insect repellent that contains DEET or permethrin.
How to Treat Ticks
If you find a tick on yourself or your pet, it’s important to remove it as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and gently pull it out. It’s also important to disinfect the area where the tick was attached.
D & D Pest Control Co. can treat your yard.
D & D Pest Control Co. is a trusted name in tick prevention and treatment. They offer a variety of services to help keep your yard tick-free, including spraying the yard with a pesticide, applying granules to the soil, and using bait traps. These treatments are safe and effective, and they can help to reduce the number of ticks in your yard.
Ticks are a major problem, and it’s important to take steps to prevent them and treat them if they become a problem. Knowing what ticks are and how to prevent them is the first step in keeping yourself and your family safe. Hiring a professional pest control company, like D & D Pest Control Co., is the best way to ensure that your yard is free of ticks and that you and your family remain healthy and safe.