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Everything Souderton Residents Ought To Know About Ticks

February 10, 2020

 

Have you ever wished that there was one quick resource you could go to for information about ticks in Souderton? Well, now there is. The experts here at Moyer put together this quick group of bullet points to help you understand the threat of ticks and how to manage this threat.

The Most Common Ticks In Souderton

  • The blacklegged tick
  • The American dog tick
  • The Lone Star tick
  • The groundhog tick
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What Diseases Do Ticks Spread?

The most common and most dangerous tick-borne diseases in our area are directly connected to the common tick species listed above. Some of the many diseases they can transmit are:

  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Tularemia
  • Babesiosis
  • Alpha-gal allergy
  • Tick paralysis

How Dangerous Are Tick-borne Diseases?

We are often asked, "How worried should I be about ticks?" Most tick bites will not result in disease. But, if a disease is transmitted, there is cause for concern. Many diseases spread by ticks have the potential to be fatal. Some can lead to lifelong health complications. Alpha-gal allergy, in particular, creates an allergic reaction to meat that can cause anaphylaxis to occur when meat is eaten. Tick paralysis, while not life-threatening, can be traumatic. It is not good to have ticks around your Souderton home, and it is definitely bad to have them inside your home.

How Do I Get Ticks?

Ticks are brought into yards by wildlife. If you have pets, your dog or cat can bring ticks into your home. They can also be brought in by mice, rats, and other animals. If ticks are carried into your home by mice or rats, there is a greater concern for disease. This is because seed ticks that have developed on those rodents could have been exposed to disease-causing organisms. When they become nymphs and fall off in search of a larger host, they can transmit diseases to everyone living in your home.

How Do I Remove A Tick?

If you find a tick, use needle-nose tweezers or a tick-removal tool to extract it. Pinch the tick toward the head to avoid squeezing the body of the tick and introducing more bacteria into the bite wound.

How Do I Reduce My Chances Of Getting Sick?

  • Consult your veterinarian to see if tick collars are right for your pets.
  • Create a fenced-in play area for your dog if you don't have one.
  • Do routine inspections of your pets. Check the ears and between the toes first.
  • Always check yourself for ticks when you come in from outside.
  • Avoid tall grass.
  • Be cautious of wooded areas.
  • Wear bright colors so you can see ticks crawling up.
  • Spray mosquito repellent on your legs and feet.
  • Reduce wildlife traffic in your yard.
  • How Do I Keep Ticks Out Of My Yard
  • Keep trash in sealed, clean receptacles.
  • Keep bird feeders at least 20 feet from your home.
  • Reduce moisture near your home to reduce the bugs animals eat.
  • Put fencing around food sources.
  • Install fencing to protect areas that can be used for harborage.
  • Trim tree branches away from your roofline.
  • Put wire mesh in downspouts.
  • Seal any entry points in your foundation walls or exterior.
  • Consider installing a motion detector with a strobe light. A short burst of flashing light will make most animals flee.

How Do I Reduce Ticks Around My Home

If you want to directly reduce ticks, and also the rodents that carry ticks, we can help. At Moyer Pest Control, we offer coverage for ticks and rodents. If you have questions, or if you'd like to schedule service, reach out to us. We can help.

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