Ticks are small spiderlike animals (arachnids) that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin so they can feed on blood.
Tick control is a widespread concern among people, especially those with pets. To some, ticks are can be the worst pest you can have. Ticks are one of the most common, troublesome pest for both humans and domestic animals, like dogs and cats. They are also a threat to the health and well being of people and their pets, as they are known to spread several diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Tick-borne illnesses are caused by infection with a variety of pathogens. Ticks can harbor more than one disease-causing agent so patients can be infected with more than one pathogen at the a time, making it more difficult to diagnosis and treatment.
As the occurrence of tick-borne illnesses increases and the geographic areas in which they are found expand, it becomes increasingly important that health workers be able to distinguish the diverse, and often overlapping, clinical presentations of these diseases.
These diseases are spread because of the ticks method of nourishment. Ticks, like fleas and bed bugs are parasitic insects that survive on the blood of whatever animal they find themselves on. If they do attach themselves to you or your pet, make sure you remove the tick's head to help prevent an infection. Many of the diseases ticks carry cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and muscle aches. Symptoms show up 1 day to 3 weeks after the bite. Sometimes a rash or sore also appears.
Ticks are usually found in wooded areas, and will attach themselves to anyone that passes by. Their mouth parts are structured to hold on to a host despite most attempts to remove them. Once they have bitten a host they will stay attached until they have had their fill of blood. This often will lead to the tick displaying a bloated appearance and being readily visible even through thick fur.
Because ticks almost always find their way into your home an onto you by way of your pet, your treatment strategy must include examining your pets and determining what to use to get rid of them.
Because ticks are usually found in yards and wooded areas these sites need to be examined for infestations so determination of a treatment program can be made. After you have determined the best tick treatment plan and implemented it, you may have to retreat in 10 to 14 days as eggs may hatch in this period of time.
At Safari Pest Control we can help you get these nasty little critters eliminated affordably, using the most pet friendly, safest methods and products available. For more information on pet friendly pest control for ticks in Lakeland, FL and surrounding areas call Safari Pest Control, LLC.