Spring is often seen as the season for new life. It’s considered a time of growth, renewal, and rejuvenation. While some may believe these ideologies to be an exaggeration, once you consider all the new life that naturally comes with the season, it’s plain to see how easily they are justified. Unfortunately, not every form of life is as pleasant as blooming flowers or fresh blades of grass. There are a number of pests and insects that are also more active during this season and the warm months that soon follow. One of these pests is the tick.
Ticks are classified as arachnids, which means they’re not actually insects but rather close relatives of scorpions and spiders. But unlike its relatives, ticks are considered parasites which feed on the blood of vertebrates. Its list of hosts include pets, mice, deer, and humans.
Ticks begin to feed by first cutting into the skin of their host. They then excrete a substance into the wound to prevent the blood therein from clotting. Afterwards, they start their feast. Ticks may feed for days before they decide to detach themselves from the host. But right before they detach, they spit out some of the blood. It is during this critical moment that harmful bacteria is transferred from the tick to the host. These bacteria often cause dangerous diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Lyme disease.
If you want to avoid contracting these dangerous diseases, you need to avoid contact with the ticks themselves. This is why it’s extremely important to ensure your property doesn’t have a tick infestation. However, this is easier said than done. Oftentimes, it’s very difficult for homeowners or amateur exterminators to identify a tick infestation. This is because the most apparent signs are usually the ticks themselves or the persons infected with tick-borne diseases. To ensure a complete and thorough inspection, your best option will be to enlist the services of a pest control professional.
These experts will do a quick assessment of your property and suggest various preventive measures, such as keeping your grass short, repairing gaps and crevices in your home, and disposing of empty bird nests. You’ll also want to take the appropriate precautions to prevent ticks from getting into your home in the first place. These precautions include carefully checking pets, people, and clothing whenever they come home from camping, a hike, or any place that encourages contact with dense vegetation and tall grass.