How To Keep Ticks Away From Your Merrimac Property
May 14, 2021
Ever wonder how a tick gets onto your body after you have spent time outdoors? It isn’t hard to feel like these pests appear out of thin air. Considering that ticks are slow-moving arachnids that cannot jump or fly and that they have no other means of fast travel, the feat of getting onto a moving person seems crazy. To help you better understand the common ticks in our Merrimac service area, here are a few facts about these pests you should know.
Ticks Love Blood
What do you call a bug that loves blood so much that it can eat it for over a week straight? A tick. If you didn’t know, when a tick starts eating, it takes its time to savor its meal. If you ever find one of these pests on your body, it could have been there for a good amount of time. Fortunately, most people are taught to check their bodies thoroughly for ticks after spending time outdoors. This minimizes feeding time but doesn’t help much to minimize your risk of contracting a dangerous disease.
Ticks Are Dangerous
The second a tick bites you, there is a small chance of you contracting a dangerous disease. Whether this happens or not depends on a few factors. It mostly depends on whether or not the tick that bites you has picked up any sickness vectors from an infected human or animal. Diseases like Lyme disease can be picked up from mice or rats or other animals and then be spread to unsuspecting humans. Some other diseases you might contract from a tick are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus disease, and borrelia mayonii disease.
Ticks Are Clever
Ticks are not fast creatures. For this reason, they have to get creative to get onto a host to feed. Getting creative involves climbing up tall stalks of grass or high foliage, holding out their front legs, and waiting for an unsuspecting victim to walk by. This takes a tremendous amount of patience.
Ticks Use Animals To Get Into Homes
Ticks may prefer to feed on humans but will get their meals from local wildlife when necessary. Sometimes the local wildlife ticks feed on are mice, rats, squirrels, birds, or bats, all pests that can invade homes. In short, if your home is being invaded by creatures that should live in the wild, ticks might be inside as well.
Ticks Are Preventable
With a bit of effort, you can deter ticks from your yard and home. To help you keep these pests from invading your living areas, use these helpful tips.
- Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Repair damage to window/door screens.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors around your home.
- Keep unscreened windows/doors closed when not in use.
- Mow your lawn frequently.
- Trim your hedges and clear out undergrowth.
- Cut back bushes and tree branches away from your home’s exterior.
A Simple Treatment For Ticks
When it comes to dangerous ticks, you should not settle for DIY alone. To make sure these harmful pests stay off your Merrimac property, let the professionals at Mosquito Busters lend you a helping hand. Our team of dedicated technicians specializes in tick and mosquito control and has the advanced solution your property needs to fight back against these invasive and problematic pests. All you have to do is let us have a look at your property. We will evaluate pest pressures in your yard and put in place the necessary treatments to stop them.
Call today to get a quote for your Merrimac property and find your freedom from dangerous ticks.