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Why West Chester Residents Need to Protect Their Yards from Ticks 

What Dangers Do Ticks Pose In Pennsylvania?

As more research is done and as more data is collected regarding ticks and the spread of diseases, it is becoming clear that these tiny arachnids are one of the most dangerous pests in the United States.

The list of diseases associated with ticks is extensive and includes Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan Virus, Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, babesiosis, Heartland and Bourbon diseases, Rickettsia parkeri Rickettsiosis, anaplasmosis and more.

If you're finding ticks in your West Chester yard, there are a few things you should be aware of.

a tick crawling on a leaf outside of a home in west chester pennsylvania

Stay Calm

While we listed a lot of diseases in that first paragraph, it is important to understand that not every tick that bites you will be infected, and not every species of tick is capable of spreading all of the diseases listed above. For instance, blacklegged ticks have been linked to the spread of Lyme diseases but research is inconclusive as to whether or not other tick species are a vector. If you find brown dog ticks only in your home, you have a low risk for Lyme disease. Also, the brown dog tick rarely bites people, though it can – so it is best to deal with them quickly.

Ticks Affect Pets & People

As you've probably already picked up on, ticks are not just a pet problem. While they can make your dog or your cat very sick, and they are considered a serious pet problem, they have the ability to make humans sick as well.

Ticks Are Not Just For Pet Owners

If you have a dog or a cat, you have a higher risk of being affected by tick-borne diseases, but people who do not have a dog or cat can also become exposed to the many diseases that are spread by ticks. When wildlife bring ticks into your yard, you can come into contact with ticks as you tend to your landscaping, work in your garden, or just relax in your backyard. Beyond this, rodents can chew their way into your home and bring ticks in with them. Once inside, mice and rats are proficient at spreading ticks around.

Tick Don't Stay On Their First Host

When ticks are born, they are six-legged larvae called seed ticks. These seed ticks get onto tiny animals like rodents and birds. Those larvae molt into nymphs and leave their first host to find another, often larger, host. This makes a mouse or rat infestation even more of a threat.

Tick Collars Are Not Enough

While it is definitely important to get flea and tick collars for your pets, they are not a complete solution by themselves. Veterinarians say that collars are useful prevention but that they aren't for every pet or for every situation, and that they should be used in conjunction with topical control products.

The Best Solution For Ticks

Taking all of the above into consideration, it is easy to see how important it is to protect your yard from ticks. Birds, rodents, and other animals come and go in your yard freely and they can bring ticks into your yard when they do. If they leave an infected tick in your yard, you or your pets could pick that tick up, and a tick collar isn't going to stop that from happening. When ticks bite you or are carried into your home to bite you, you can be exposed to a wide range of tick-borne diseases. Some of those diseases can be a serious medical threat to you, your pets, and everyone living in your home. So, how can you protect your yard from ticks? By adding our Platinum Home Guard option to your year-round home pest control plan.

Rodents, wildlife, and even ticks, themselves, are not all that imaginative about where they hang out in your yard. They're going to head straight for your landscaping. Plants provide shade, moisture, and cover for animals and bugs, and when animals hide in your landscaping, ticks fall off and find the ideal location to wait for a new host. Pest control professionals use this knowledge against those ticks. When appropriate products are applied to your landscaping, your landscaping will no longer be a safe place for ticks, and you won't have to worry about getting ticks on you, your kids or your pets.

If you need assistance with tick control and you are in our Pennsylvania service area, let Moyer help. We offer one of the most effective and affordable pest control programs available. We'll make sure you get the right protection in place for effective and long-lasting control. Call us to schedule pest control services today!

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