What are ticks?
The northeast portion of our country is home to the worst ticks in the United States. Since these pests aren't just an issue out in nature, we will examine the problems they bring when they infest our properties. Ticks are parasitic arachnids. They have hard exoskeletons and are related spiders with their eight legs and lack of wings and antennae. They also rely on a host to survive. Ticks have flat, teardrop-shaped bodies. After feeding, a tick can double or triple in size.
When you're experiencing trouble with ticks, a home pest control plan is your best strategy to get them out!
Are ticks dangerous?
Ticks are vectors of several dangerous diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, Lyme disease, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis.
Some think that smaller ticks are less dangerous because they are younger and have had fewer blood meals, so there is less of a chance they carry pathogens. But there is no way of knowing what ticks carry which pathogens.
Why do I have a tick problem?
Ticks can be a problem for several reasons:
- Your property is surrounded by wooded areas or grass fields.
- There is a lot of wildlife activity on your property.
- Your property provides conducive conditions for ticks to survive.
If you see ticks inside your home, it could be due to a pet picking them up outside.
Where will I find ticks?
Tick populations are usually higher in wooded or overgrown grassy areas. This pest also likes moist areas, so they are commonly found in shrubbery, woodpiles, lawn debris like leaves and grass clippings, ground cover, mulch, and more.
They usually don't come inside unless carried in by a person, pet, wildlife, or rodent infestation.
How do I get rid of ticks?
If you are experiencing a high number of ticks on your property, we can help at Tim's Pest Control. We offer specialized services for ticks in Norwalk, including assessing the property to check ground cover areas, garden beds, mulch, ground walls, and bushes.
Your technician will treat the interior and exterior with granular and sprays. We use a trusted product, Tick-Killz, for effective results. Learn more about the residential and commercial pest treatments we provide and how we can help you with ticks by contacting us at Tim's Pest Control. Find out today if you live in one of our local service locations.
How can I prevent ticks in the future?
There are several things you can do to prevent ticks from living on your property in the future. First, keeping your yard maintained and clear of debris is essential to deterring any pest. This maintenance will help make your property less conducive to ticks and the wildlife and rodents that carry them.
The second thing you can do to make your yard inaccessible and unattractive to wildlife and rodents is repair damaged fencing and use motion-activated lights. Also, remove any food sources, including bird feeders, and use garbage cans with tight lids that animals can't easily knock over.
Lastly, ensure your pets are on a tick preventative prescribed by a veterinarian, which will keep them and you safe. Give us a call at Tim's Pest Control for assistance with your tick problem.