Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles. They can be found all over the world, and while they are not dangerous to everyone, they can pose a serious health risk to pets, children and people with health conditions.
Maitland Pest Exterminators can provide information on ticks, including how to spot them, what to do if you are bitten by one, and how to prevent them from entering your home.
How to Spot a Tick
Ticks are small, dark-coloured insects that are typically no bigger than a sesame seed. They feed on the blood of animals and humans, and they often live in wooded or grassy areas.
When a tick bites its host, it will bury its head beneath the skin and begin to feed. This can make it difficult to spot a tick before it has already attached itself. However, there are some telltale signs that you can look for, including:
- Swelling or redness around the site of the bite
- A burning or itching sensation
- A bullseye-shaped rash around the site of the bite
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, or body aches
What to Do If You Find Ticks
If you think you may have been bitten by a tick, it’s important to remove the tick as soon as possible. You should also see a doctor so that they can check for any signs of infection or disease.
There are a few simple steps you can take to remove it safely. First, use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Then, pull the tick away from the skin with a steady motion. Avoid crushing the tick’s body, as this can release harmful fluids into your bloodstream. Once the tick is removed, wash the area with soap and water.
If you develop a rash or fever within two weeks of removing a tick, see a doctor immediately.
How to Prevent Ticks
The best way to deal with ticks is to prevent them from becoming a problem in the first place. There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick, including:
- Wearing long sleeves and pants when you’re outdoors
- Choose light-coloured clothing so that ticks are easier to spot
- Applying insect repellent to your skin and clothes
- Checking your body for ticks after spending time outdoors
- Keeping your lawn short and free of leaf litter
Maitland Tick Control
At Maitland Pest Exterminators, we understand that ticks can pose a serious threat to both human and animal health. That’s why we offer a comprehensive tick control service that is sure to keep your family safe from these dangerous pests.
Our tick control service begins with a thorough inspection of your property, during which we will identify any areas that may be at risk for tick infestation. We will then treat these areas with a powerful insecticide that will kill any ticks that are present. Finally, we will regularly monitor your property to ensure that the tick population remains under control. With our tick control service, you can rest assured that your family will be safe from these dangerous pests.