Scientific Name: Xodes scapulari
Discovering a tick has burrowed into the skin of you, your child or your pet incites immediate horror. You feel violated, disgusted and if you know anything about the dangers of ticks, you might feel scared. Protecting your family from further exposure to these scary insects is essential since they carry dangerous diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Fever. Treating the areas around your home for ticks keep your loved ones safe when they spend time in the yard or play outside. You will have greater peace of mind knowing the tick population has been greatly reduced by your trusted pest control specialists at Pointe Pest Control.
Deer ticks are 1/16 to ⅛ inch in width and have a hard exoskeleton. Their bodies are flat and teardrop shaped, usually orange-brown in color with a dark brown head. They are external parasites that feed off the blood of mammals and have four stages of life: egg, larvae, nymph and adult. Tick removal is a tricky process and should be done very carefully. Grasping at the base of the tick with fine tipped tweezers and carefully pulling upwards is the best way to remove a tick. Take care that you do not pull or squeeze too hard, leaving the head of the tick inside the wound. Once the tick is extracted, wash the area with warm, soapy water. Watching the wound and victim for signs of infection and tick related illness symptoms is important. Not all ticks are infected with pathogens but knowing the symptoms and risks associated will keep you safer.
Signs of Infestation:
Ticks are found naturally outside brush and shrubs, waiting for mammals or even amphibians to come by. In general, ticks are found wherever mammals are found so a tick infestation within your home is possible since they can sense the presence of blood. These insects can move quickly across your body and prefer areas of the skin that are moist and warm. This bite is painless and the host is often unaware of their presence.
There are few things you can do to keep your home inhospitable to ticks. These insects thrive in areas with high moisture content and long, overgrown vegetation. Keeping the vegetation around your home short and dry will minimize their survival. The experts at Pointe Pest Control can also treat inside and outside your home to insure these blood sucking parasites stay far away. Keep your family and pets safe, get experienced tick control today.