Ticks are most prevalent in the summer in East Texas because they are more active in warm weather. Additionally, people spend more time outdoors in the summer so they are more likely to encounter ticks. Many Texans are familiar with ticks and have had the unpleasant experience of having to remove a tick that has latched on to their body. But ticks are more than a nuisance. They are known to carry a wide range of diseases.
Depending on the kind of tick, they could be carrying diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and others and the danger appears to be increasing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that three times as many cases of disease from ticks, mosquitoes and flea bites were reported in 2016 as compared to 2004; cases related to tick bites have doubled. In the same report, the CDC notes that seven new germs spread by ticks have been discovered.
Limit Tick Exposure
Now that you realize how dangerous ticks can be, you probably want to take action to prevent ticks from biting you and your loved ones. Here are some things you can do to limit your exposure to ticks:
- Keep grass mowed and weeds picked because ticks hide in tall grass.
- Wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt when you're doing yard work or enjoying nature. It’s harder for ticks to climb on fabric than skin so they are less likely to attach to you.
- Talk to your veterinarian about the best tick prevention for your pets.
- Check yourself, your kids and your pets for ticks when you come in from outdoors.
Tick Control Services For Your Texas Home
Ticks are difficult to control on your own. They hide on tree trunks and in wooded areas waiting for a host animal to come along. They can be carried by a wide range of animals, including rodents, deer, and birds. Ticks also reproduce rapidly so their population increases over the summer. Your best bet for effective tick control is to call Innovative Pest Control. Our trained technicians know the kinds of spots where ticks live and breed. We ‘ll target those areas of your East Texas property, treating the perimeter of your yard as well as areas around trees and bushes where ticks hide.
Ticks are a fact of life here in Texas, and because they move around and are carried by wildlife, they can never be completely eliminated. However, with professional tick treatments from Innovative Pest Control plus sensible precautions on your part, you can significantly reduce the danger of contracting a tick-borne illness. Call us today to discuss options for tick treatments on your property.