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blood sucking invaders
Like bedbugs, ticks intentionally feed on human blood. It’s this one aspect of their nature more than any other that makes them repulsive to most people. Pair with that the fact they can carry horrible diseases, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a waking nightmare.
Ticks aren’t big enough to go bump in the night (even when they’ve enlarged from feasting on your blood), but if you feel an odd bump on your skin after spending time near a wood pile, you may want to turn on a flashlight. Ticks can pose serious health risks, so it’s important to identify them as soon as possible so eradication can take place quickly and without lasting consequences.
Two of the most common ticks you might find are the Deer Tick and Brown Dog Tick. While the Deer Tick has a tiny, flattened appearance, the Brown Dog Tick can become quite large when engorged on blood.
Although humans are not on the preferred menu for either of these pests, when a tick is hungry and a human is present, they aren’t incredibly picky. Of the two types, Brown Dog Ticks have the unfortunate habit of laying eggs inside buildings in certain situations.
Both are potential carriers of disease.
Are Ticks dangerous?
Deer ticks are perhaps the most dangerous, due to their ability to carry and transfer Lyme Disease, babesiosis, and human granulocytic ehrlichiosis. Because all three of these illnesses can be carried inside a tick at the same time, there exists the very real possibility of getting infected with all three pathogens at once.
Considering their habitat ranges from long grass to wood piles to the backs of your pets, the likelihood that you’ll be exposed to them if you live adjacent to a known infestation area is incredibly high.
Another often overlooked aspect of tick control is the fact that they can, under certain circumstances, survive during the winter months in your home. Specifically, on the backs of other animals. These animals don’t have to be the family pet, either. This makes the tick a big instigator for blanket pest control, as allowing mice in your home can unintentionally bring ticks inside as well.
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What should I do next?
Give us a call at (269) 424-3458. We’d be happy to walk you through both the removal AND prevention process. Once we’ve eliminated the existing tick problem, you’ll want to make sure you eliminate any of the causes that bought them to your doorstep in the first place. You’ll want to make sure any pets you have are treated, regardless of whether they’re indoor or outdoor animals.
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