Ticks Can Cause Deadly Diseases
Some pests are just pests, while others are bonafide health risks. One of those pests is the tick, which is a disease carrier that can seriously impact your health if you are bitten by one. Furthermore, once ticks latch themselves onto people and pets, it takes manual effort to remove them. They are frequently found in Texas (especially in the warm summer months), so that is why our San Antonio pest control company wants you to be very aware of the risks they pose you your health.
What is the specific health risk that these insects pose? Tick-borne illnesses range from Lyme disease, which is characterized by fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema migrans. If you aren’t sure you have Lyme disease and it is left untreated, you can become susceptible to an infection that spreads to the joints, the heart and the nervous system.
Once that happens, the damage can be irreparable. Children playing outside in the summer are especially vulnerable, and parents may not be immediately aware that their child’s symptoms are Lyme disease. Another dangerous disease is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can be fatal in both humans and pets.
To prevent these diseases, here are some tips from the Federal Centers for Disease Control
- Use EPA-registered insect repellents to keep ticks off you and your clothing.
- Treat your clothing with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
- Check your body and clothing for ticks upon return from potentially-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Place your clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
- Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tick-borne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and is a good time to do a tick check.
- Stay away from bushy areas with high grass
- Avoid wooded areas with excessive leaf litter
- When hiking, always walk in the center of the trail
If you find ticks on your body or your pet, follow these instructions from the Centers for Disease Control. It’s very important to get these dangerous insects off as quickly as possible.
If you suspect that you have an infestation on your property, our BUGCO San Antonio technicians can use our yard treatments to kill these pests outside your home and then in-home treatments to kill them in your home. You’ll also need to consult your veterinarian for safe ways to remove any ticks on your pets.
Call BUGCO Pest Control if you think you have a tick infestation, and we will be glad to speak with you. Call 210-340-2847, use the chat box or send us an email using the contact form.
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