Ticks won’t just attack your pets. Humans, as well as cats, dogs, and other animals, can pick up ticks. These nasty blood-sucking pests can cause lots of problems. They cause Lyme disease as well as allergic reactions in some people. Plus, their bites are just plain itchy.
To protect yourself and your family from ticks, you need to know how to spot them and how to prevent them.
What are ticks?
Ticks seem to be spreading all over the United States. In earlier decades, they were worse in southern states, now they spread all over the country. You will find ticks in Omaha, which is why it is so important to protect yourself from them.
Ticks are not insects. Instead, they are arachnids. There are 800 different tick species. Only the two families of hard and soft ticks spread diseases to humans. All tick species bite though, so you still don’t want them on you.
Ticks have eight legs. Their bodies are flat but become oval when they feed on blood. They are an extremely small pest. Most ticks are only as large as an apple seed when they are full-grown. They are most active in the spring and summer, which is why knowing all about ticks before spring is so crucial.
There are two main types of tick in Nebraska, the American dog tick and the Lone Star tick. American dog ticks like to hang out in long grass and other places where there is not much tree cover. Lone star ticks prefer wood areas and dense undergrowth.
Why do you have ticks?
You or your pets likely have ticks on you because you picked them up when you were outside. If you like to hike or go on walks with a pet, you will be exposed to ticks. Dogs, especially, seem to love running through tall grass, which is a great place to pick up a tick. It takes a minute before ticks latch on to their hosts. So, you can easily pick up a tick through your animal.
If your yard has long grass or woodland-like areas, then ticks my invade. They are looking for food and shelter. If your yard provides both of those things, it will be very attractive to ticks.
How to prevent ticks?
Ticks are ubiquitous and can seem impossible to prevent, but there are a few things you can do.
- Use tick medication on your animals. This will not prevent them from picking up a tick. It does, however, make the tick less likely to latch on to your pet. This ensures no diseases are spread.
- Wear long pants that are tucked into white socks while hiking. Tucking your pants into your socks keeps ticks from being able to climb up your pant leg.
- Do a tick check every time you come in from the outdoors, especially wooded or unkempt areas. The tick check should be full body and is best if coupled with a shower.
- Keep your Omaha yards neat and tidy. Regularly cut grass and an orderly wooded lot will do a lot towards preventing ticks from taking up residence.
- Contact Beeline Pest Control. Our tick removal experts can help you prevent ticks from invading your home and yard. If you want to ensure you and your pets stay tick-free, you need to contact Beeline Pest Control today.