Is My Souderton Home At Risk for Ticks?
May 13, 2019
It's hard to enjoy your backyard without tick concerns, especially if you're finding ticks on yourself when you come back inside. Ticks are scary. Sure, not every tick you find on you has a disease, but the diseases they're able to transmit can make your jaw drop. Today, we're going to talk about some of the ways ticks can put everyone in your home at risk and discuss how to mitigate that risk.
In our service area, there are 4 species of tick that we see most. While these aren't the only tick species in our state, knowing a little about these ticks can help you understand the threat of ticks as a whole.
American dog ticks are known scientifically as dermacentor variabilis. They are considered a major carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which comes with a long list of symptoms and can be deadly to humans. There is also a link between this tick species and tick paralysis, an illness caused by tularemia.
Blacklegged ticks are known scientifically as ixodes scapularis. These ticks are perhaps the most well known because of their strong link with the spread of Lyme disease. They aren't the only ticks that can spread Lyme, but they are, by far, the most proficient at it.
Lone Star ticks are known scientifically as amblyomma americanum. These ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. This species is currently being closely watched because it is linked to a rare meat allergy that can cause a lifelong threat to those who acquire it.
Groundhog ticks are known scientifically as ixodes cookei. This is considered to be a host-specific tick, that is why it was given a host-specific name but it can get on humans and is able to spread diseases.
Along with the specific diseases listed above, all of these ticks have the potential to transmit other diseases, which diseases and how often is still being studied. A few of the many diseases linked to ticks include ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, Powassan disease, Heartland virus, Colorado tick fever, anaplasmosis, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), and more.
If you're concerned about finding ticks in your yard, you have good reason. Ticks can be dangerous. The best way to reduce the threat of tick-borne diseases is by investing in tick reduction services. The best way to get tick reduction services is by investing in a residential pest control program. It may be hard to believe, but there are scarier pests out there than ticks. With residential pest control, you can get protection from all of them. In Pennsylvania, reach out to the pest control experts at Moyer Pest Control for assistance with this essential service.