Ticks Can Transmit a Number of Serious Diseases

ticksTicks Can Enter Homes by Hiding In Pets’ Fur

Like many other kinds of insidious pests, ticks require mammalian blood in order to survive. Ticks are often tiny, and even when engorged with blood are often the size of sunflower seeds; this means that ticks can remain undetected for extended periods, particularly if they happen to afflict your pets.

Ticks usually prefer areas with lots of overgrown vegetation, so be sure to keep your lawn well maintained if you intend to cut down their numbers this summer. While it may be common practice to inspect your body and clothing closely after traversing areas with heavy foliage, ticks often find their way onto humans and inside homes by hitching rides on pets.

Like many other kinds of insects, ticks will usually seek out areas that provide some kind of shelter, even inside homes. When they’re not latched onto humans or pets, they can be found in cracks and crevices and nestled within the fibers of carpets. It’s also worth noting that ticks often infest rodent and bird nesting areas, so be sure to exercise extreme caution if attempting to remove them yourself.

ticksWhile they may look similar to the casual observer, fleas and ticks require different treatment methods, and if you suspect that one or the other has made inroads into your home, call your pest control professional right away. He or she will not only be able to accurately identify the pest in question, but will recommend the more efficient and cost-effective treatment method.

Even if the chances of infection are low, it’s important to be aware of the different diseases that ticks carry, in order to be prepared should the worst occur. The most common disease carried by ticks is Lyme disease. This disease is characterized by an inflamed read ring around the afflicted area, as well as joint and muscle pain, and fever. While Lyme disease may be the most common, ticks can transmit a number of equally dangerous diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, and Tularemia.

As warm weather approaches, it’s important to be aware of the ways in which you can avoid tick bites while enjoying the outdoors. For example, wear long-sleeve shirts and pants if hiking or walking through the woods, and choose lighter colors which will allow you to spot ticks easier against the fabric. Also, wear hats and keep long hair tucked underneath to avoid ticks getting tangled and hiding on your person.

ticksCantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Cantu Green Service Service. Our Texas tick control experts are excited to offer Cantu Green Service pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If ticks have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced tick removal experts.


Ticks and Seasonal Trends


Ticks feast during summer months when humans are most active outdoors

Ticks are able to invade your home by hitching rides on pets, clothing, or skin. It’s a good idea, therefore, to closely examine your own clothing and skin before returning indoors, especially if you’ve recently traversed an area with excessive foliage or overgrown plant life.

Ticks lock on to their hosts by detecting their breath and body odor, or by tracking its body heat, moisture, or vibrations. While ticks can neither jump nor fly, they exhibit a behavior known as “questing” which involves waiting on the ends of leaves or grass with their first pair of legs outstretched. If a host happens by and brushes past the tick’s questing location, the tick will quickly detach from its position and climb onto the host.

Once on the surface of their new host, some species will attach in the first location they can find, while other species will wander around, looking for the thinnest piece of skin available such as the ear or scalp, for example. Once the pest finds a suitable feeding spot, it will cut into the skin of its host and begin to feed on its blood.

The main human concern with ticks is their ability to spread a variety of extremely serious diseases including Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick-borne encephalitis, just to name a few.

That said, keeping these pests out of your yard as much as possible is imperative, especially during the summer months, when both ticks and families engage in the most outdoor activity. They thrive in warm, moist weather, meaning that they are already beginning to prove problematic in some parts of the country.

One of the most effective and simplest measures that you can take to prevent ticks from invading your yard is to simply cut your grass. Ticks prefer overgrown foliage and ensuring good lawn maintenance—cutting your grass once every two weeks or so, for example—will significantly decrease the chances that ticks and other insects will find your property hospitable.

Another good measure to take is to keep wildlife out of your yard as much as possible. As mentioned above, ticks are known to hitch rides on all manner of larger mammals and other vermin, meaning that the exclusion of these animals will go a long way towards ensuring your lawn is tick-free. Depending on where you live, rabbits and deer are likely vectors for ticks, so maintaining fences of the appropriate size for the animals in question ought to do the trick.

Fleas and ticks have also been known to harbor in yard debris like fallen sticks, logs, and leaves. After the winter winds and storms die down, it’s a good idea to remove this detritus as soon as possible in order to eliminate possible hiding places. While you’re at it, be sure to get rid of any areas with standing water like flowerpots or backed-up drains, as these areas are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

If ticks have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.