1. 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.
2. Ticks Affect Pets and 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
If you need assistance with Mosquito & Tick Control and you are in our Pennsylvania service area, let Moyer help. We offer one of the most effective and affordable Mosquito & Tick Control programs available. We'll make sure you get the right protection in place for effective and long-lasting control.