Are Ticks Dangerous?
June 19, 2017
You hear a lot of hype on the news about certain things going on in today’s world. ‘Enough of it’ - that sometimes is our first reaction. We typically want to dismiss it all and move on with the rest of our day. The truth is, though, when it comes to the high volume of ticks this year and the dangers associated with them, everything that you are hearing is probably true. Thanks to a mild winter and a rainy spring, ticks are everywhere. With them comes an increase in many tick-borne diseases that spell nothing but bad news for your family and pets. The most common worry is probably Lyme Disease but there is also a possibility of other infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia to name a few.
Ticks usually find their way into your yard by attaching themselves to wildlife that is around. Raccoons, squirrels, deer, and even birds are typical hosts to ticks. If these animals are frequent visitors, it is likely that they have left a tick or two behind. The tick then hides in the cooler underbrush, long grass, or garden areas around your home. Then, when the family pet or a member of your family is outside playing, gardening, mowing the lawn, or involving themselves in a thousand other activities that we all do in the warmer months, a tick can easily crawl onto a new host, find a location, and feed without anyone realizing they are there. This is why it is so important that each member of your household, including your favorite furry friend, be checked over thoroughly for these sneaky critters.
Preventing ticks isn’t easy. It starts with making sure that the grass is kept tidy and any debris in the yard is disposed of. Discouraging wild animals from finding your property attractive can help as well. As much as we love to watch birds, the bird feeders hanging all over the place do not just attract birds, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks likely all feast there as well. Allowing these visitors to frequent your yard increases the chances of introducing ticks exponentially. Removing feeders, clearing out clutter, and tightly closed trash cans can help make your property less attractive to foraging creatures that commonly carry ticks.
There is good news. Moyer Pest Control’s Platinum HomeGuard system can help you control the tick population in your yard as well as the mosquito, ant, cockroach, and a multitude of other dangerous and annoying pest populations. With our Platinum HomeGuard system, you can count on a professional technician coming in every other month to make sure that your property is treated for both indoor and outdoor pests. Platinum HomeGuard will not only eliminate existing pest pressures and keep your home pest free, but it will save you from expensive exterminations later on. With Platinum HomeGuard, you can enjoy a summer free from the worry of ticks in your yard, and a year free from the worry of other, potentially dangerous, pests. Give us a call today and let us show you the Moyer difference.