Just the thought of coming into contact with one of the creepy crawlers that spread life-threatening illnesses to both humans and animals is enough to send shivers up and down most spines.
And because each individual tick can transmit more than one illness – everything from Lyme Disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – with a single bite, it is often hard for medical professionals to come up with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for those who are infected by a tick-borne illness.
Activity and location
Ticks are most active during the summer months, when the weather is warm and everyone wants to spend more time outside. You will most often find ticks in areas that are laden with woods, bushes, tall grass and fallen leaves. In short, you’ll more than likely find a tick no matter where you are in the great outdoors.
You’ll know you’ve been exposed to a tick-borne illness after you’ve been bitten if you experience any of the following symptoms:
An unexplained rash
If you have any of these symptoms following a tick bite, you should seek immediate medical attention.
By now your probably wondering how you can protect not only yourself but your loved ones and the family dog and cat from ticks and their bites. The best way is to use professional tick control methods that combine a barrier spray treatment with environmentally-friendly tick tubes.
The barrier spray treatment involves the application of a time-tested mosquito spray on your property that also kills ticks on contact.
Then, tick tubes are placed around your property in locations where they can not easily be seen or distract from your landscape. The tubes attract mice, which are a meal-of-choice for ticks. Inside the tube is cotton that has been treated with an EPA-registered and approved insecticide. The mice collect the cotton and use it as a bedding material, which in turn covers their coats with the insecticide. When a tick bites a mouse that has been coated with the poison, the tick dies while the mouse – and you and your family — are protected from further tick bites.
You should always reach out to a professional exterminating company for assistance in determining when, how many and where the tubes should be located on your property.