How Did Ticks Get Into My Yard?
April 25, 2019
In Texas, the American dog tick, the black-legged deer tick, and the brown dog tick are common. They are parasites that require blood in order to breed--and just one little bite can prove to be dangerous.
American dog ticks and brown dog ticks seek out mammals by scent and will congregate in areas close by them. These ticks latch onto their host, with preference to dogs, and can transfer bacteria that can cause dangerous illnesses like Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Black-legged deer ticks prefer whitetail deer for feeding but will feed on other wild animals, humans, and pets. They can transmit Lyme disease which can cause fever, headache, rash, fatigue, and in some cases debilitating symptoms involving the heart, joints, and nervous system.
How do these dangerous little critters travel from place to place, especially when they get inside your yard and home and affect your family and pets? They travel from animal to animal, and onto tall grass or vegetation waiting for an unsuspecting host to pick them up on their fur, clothing, or skin. Let’s say a whitetail deer is carrying ticks through the woods and passes by a bush where a tick drops off. From there, the tick latches onto a pet, or you, as you walk by. They can also be introduced into your home on rodents that are in your yard or, worse, residing inside your home. From there it’s just a matter of time until a tick will either burrow into your skin for a blood feast or be transferred to something or someone inside your home. The host will usually not feel the bite, and the longer the tick remains in the skin, the higher the risk for illness.
Ticks are tricky, evasive, and hard to get rid of entirely. It is necessary to keep your lawn short and to trim back overgrowth to lower the risk of ticks in your yard. Your pets should be treated with a veterinarian-approved flea and tick medication as well. Don’t risk the problems that ticks bring, enlist the help of a professional tick control service like Innovative Pest Control. Our expert technicians handle troublesome ticks by first inspecting your home and yard for fleas and ticks, then applying treatment outdoors for ticks, and both indoors and outdoors for fleas.
Start enjoying your yard again without the worry of dangerous ticks. Call us for more information and set up an initial inspection. You will be well on your way to a reduced population of ticks with the help of Innovative Pest Control in Tyler, Mineola, and our other service areas in East Texas.