Finding a tick trying to lodge itself in your skin is one of the creepiest pest-related experiences you can have. However, the real danger of ticks is their ability to transmit Lyme disease to humans. As is important with all pests that can harbor and spread diseases, it’s crucial to learn about ticks and the ways that they operate so you can keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe from their bites. We’ve put together some information from our technicians at Springer Professional Home Services about ticks and Lyme disease in Central IA. Read on to learn!
What to Know About Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread by the deer tick, otherwise known as the blacklegged tick. These ticks carry the bacterium that leads to Lyme disease in humans. It is most often spread by their nymphs, which are more apt for biting undetected due to being a fraction of the size of their adult counterparts.
The first symptoms of Lyme disease to appear are exhaustion, headaches, fever, rashes, and pain in joints and muscles. If you don’t seek treatment in time, these symptoms can progress into nerve damage and arthritis. If you’re experiencing any of the initial symptoms of Lyme disease following a recent tick bite, talk to a local medical professional right away.
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To stay safe from the dangers of Lyme disease, you have to learn the best ways to avoid crossing paths with ticks. These arachnids hide in densely vegetated areas, like shaded fields of tall grass or woods, waiting for small animals to walk by. These are the best ways to steer clear of ticks in Vermont:
- When hiking, stay along the trail and away from dense vegetation
- Wear pants and long socks if you plan to be outside for extended periods of time
- Check yourself and your pets for ticks when coming back in from time outside
- If you find a tick on yourself or someone else, never crush it or try to remove it with your fingers. Use a pair of tweezers and pinch the tick as close as you can to the skin, pulling back steadily and gently
Tick Control in Central IA
Regularly finding ticks on yourself or your pets is cause for concern. If you think you have a tick problem on your property or the surrounding area, call your local pest control company. The tick exterminators at Springer Professional Home Services are well-versed in the habits and patterns of all tick species in Central IA. Our tick control team can assess your yard for vulnerabilities and tick hotspots, devising a plan for a barrier treatment to keep ticks away and stop them from breeding. For a free quote or to learn more about our tick extermination services, contact us today!
How to Protect Yourself from Ticks & Lyme Disease in Des Moines
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