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Essential Tick Awareness Guide from Our Tick Control Company

Since our founding in 2002, Mosquito Authority has maintained our goal to prevent illnesses and deaths caused by mosquito- and tick-borne diseases by spreading awareness about the dangers these pests pose. Our mosquito and tick control company takes our job seriously and utilizes a proven process to eliminate these dangerous pests from your property.

Different Types of Ticks and Where They Can Be Found

A frightening fact about ticks: they’re found pretty much everywhere. Inhabiting most of the US (with the exception of Alaska) and many other countries around the world, ticks create habitats in shady areas outside, clinging to tall grass and low shrubs at ground level. 

A semi-comforting fact about ticks: only a few species bite and can transmit bacteria, viruses, parasites, or disease-causing pathogens. Different species of ticks can transmit different diseases, so depending on where you live, you may have significantly less exposure risk.

For example, three commonly found tick species transmit different diseases:

  • Blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Found widely distributed across the eastern US, this species can transmit the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, B. miyamotoi disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus disease.
  • Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum). Also widely distributed across the eastern US, these ticks are more commonly found in the South. This species can transmit the pathogens that cause human ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Heartland virus disease, Bourbon virus disease, and Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI).
  • American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis, D. similis). These ticks were once widely distributed east of the Rocky Mountains, but the newer species (D. similis) has been found west of the Rockies. This species can transmit the pathogens that cause tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Ticks can be tricky to identify. While adults are typically easier to recognize, males and females may look different, even if they’re the same species. Additionally, nymphal and larval ticks can be hard to identify, given their very small size. 

Avoiding Contact with Ticks

Knowing where to expect ticks is a great starting point when it comes to avoiding contact. Ticks live outdoors in grassy, brushy, wooded areas, especially in the shade. Exposure to ticks can happen year-round, with peak activity in the warmer months. 

The best tips for avoiding contact with ticks are:

  • Treating your clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. 
  • Using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone.
  • Avoiding wooded or brushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter.
  • Walking in the center of trails if feasible.

If you can’t avoid contact with ticks, be sure to check yourself, family members, and pets upon returning inside. You’ll want to examine your clothing and gear, as well as your entire body, for any evidence of ticks. It’s also recommended to shower soon after being outdoors, as it’s a good way to perform a tick check and wash away any unattached ticks.  

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, tick control for your yard is especially important to reduce your risk of tick-borne diseases. Since ticks can live pretty much anywhere, reducing possible tick habitats on your property is a good idea. You can prepare your yard for tick control by clearing your yard of clutter, keeping your grass mowed, utilizing barriers to avoid migration, discouraging animal visits, planting tick-repelling gardens, and working with a professional pest control company like Mosquito Authority.  

Tick Bites and What to Do After a Bite

Even if you’re careful to avoid tick hotspots, use the best tick repellents, and perform regular tick checks, you can still get bitten by a tick. If discovered, a tick bite can be scary! The key, however, is to remain calm and remove the tick as soon as possible. 

Fine-tipped tweezers are the best tool to use to remove ticks. Using the tweezers, you’ll want to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. After the tick has been removed, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the bite area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. You can dispose of the tick by putting it in alcohol, containing it in a sealed bag, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. 

Depending on the species of tick, it can take varying amounts of time (minutes to days) for the tick to infect you with diseases. For example, Lyme disease takes more than 24 hours to transmit from ticks to their hosts, so removing them as soon as possible can reduce your risk. 

It’s important to keep an eye on your health for a few weeks following a tick bite. If you have concerns, you should seek medical help immediately. Several different types of tick-borne diseases can present similar signs of infection, with the most common symptoms including fever, chills, aches, pains, and rash. (Not intended as medical advice. See your doctor if you think you have symptoms of a tick-borne illness.

Tick bites can expose you to many diseases, neurotoxins, allergens, bacteria, parasites, and viruses that range from mild to life-threatening. Common tick-borne diseases found in the US include the following: anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia mayonii infection, Borrelia miyamotoi infection, Bourbon virus infection, Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, Heartland virus, Lyme disease, Powassan disease, Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, STARI, tick-borne relapsing fever, tularemia, and 364D rickettsiosis.

Our Professional Tick Control Services 

While our name represents control services for another infamous pest, Mosquito Authority’s tick control services are equally as effective! We feature best-in-class pest control options to keep ticks from invading your property, offering you peace of mind without any hassle. 

Our tick barrier control services help reduce tick habitats on a long-term basis by disrupting the life cycle of ticks. We also offer tick tubes, which rely on the relationship between ticks and rodents and work via treated cotton. 

Our professional treatments are backed by our guarantee – if you’re bothered by mosquitoes between treatments, all you have to do is call. We’ll come back out, reassess your property, and, if necessary, retreat at no additional charge. We are so confident in our service that we offer it to you with no contracts and no commitments. If you are not satisfied, there is no obligation to continue service.

Contact us today for more information about how professional treatments from Mosquito Authority can help reduce your exposure to tick-borne diseases.

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