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Year-Round Tick Prevention for Pennsylvania Residents

Advice From Moyer Indoor | Outdoor

The threat of tick diseases continues to rise across the country with the Northeast being hit the hardest. One look at a tick-related disease distribution map from the CDC is enough to make your skin crawl, even without a tick on you. That's why we talk a lot about the dangers associated with ticks. Let's go deeper today and look at the specific ticks we see in our service area and what diseases they are linked to.

Blacklegged Tick

This tick needs a new host at each stage of life. Larvae prefer to attach to mice, birds, and other small mammals but when they develop to the nymph stage, they move to larger wildlife and begin to present a threat to humans as well. For this reason, a rodent infestation can become an issue for a family. A single rodent can have as many as a hundred tick larvae in its fur. When they come into a home and those larvae mature to nymphs, they can attach to dogs, cats, and humans living in the home. And when they mature from nymph to adult, they must look for a host again, presenting an additional threat when they invade a home.

The primary disease linked to blacklegged ticks is Lyme disease, a disease that can lead to lifelong health complications if not treated early.

Lone Star Tick

This tick is regarded as a three-host tick because it requires a different host for each stage of feeding. Larvae and nymphs target birds, small wild animals, and rodents. Adult Lone Star ticks target animals and humans. This tick will be found in shaded areas because it cannot survive long exposure to sunlight.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis are the three diseases associated with this tick. There is also a growing concern that these ticks may be linked to a rare meat allergy that can have serious health repercussions.

American Dog Tick

This tick prefers domesticated dogs. Therefore, pet owners are at greater risk of contracting a disease from one of these ticks. Their preference for dogs brings them close to paths and along roads where dog owners take their pets for a walk.

The two diseases to be concerned about with American dog ticks are Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, which can lead to paralysis.

Groundhog Tick

This tick can be found feeding on a wide range of animals. They prefer groundhogs, as their name suggests, but they can be found on squirrels, foxes, skunks, raccoons, weasels, rats, mice, humans, and domesticated animals.

The disease to watch for with this tick is Powassan disease.

How Do You Prevent Tick-Related Diseases?

Tick-related illness is a serious threat to Philadelphia residents. If you live in Philadelphia, here are three ways you can protect yourself.

Personal Tick Control

When you go outside, be sure to take measures to keep ticks from attaching. Questing ticks will cling onto your legs and crawl up to find a place to attach. Wear long pants, if possible. Wear bright colors so you can see the ticks when they crawl up. Spray your feet and legs with tick repellent or mosquito repellent, which can work to make ticks detach. Avoid tall grass and vegetation. Avoid areas where ticks are known to be. Always do a check for ticks when you get home. Removing a tick early can prevent exposure to diseases.

Tick Control For Dogs and Cats

Veterinarian-prescribed tick products are your first line of defense. These are not 100% protection, but they're a good start. Check your pets for ticks on a regular basis. If you find ticks, apply a bath or some other product to eliminate the ticks. Be aware that your pets will not only bring ticks into your home, they can pick ticks up from areas rodents have been and bring those ticks into close proximity to you.

Professional Pest Control

Fewer ticks in your yard means less chance of getting ticks inside your home. Invest in ongoing, year-round pest control that comes with tick and mosquito reduction, such as our Platinum Home Guard Program. With routine visits from an educated and experienced pest-control technician, you'll get the protection you need so that you can enjoy your backyard without tick concerns. To get started, reach out to us today to learn more, or to schedule service.  

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