The most obvious sign of a tick infestation are the appearance of the ticks themselves. The only other way to determine there is a significant problem with the ticks is by the medical symptoms that will be a direct result of the fluids transmitted to the host. It is best to have a medical professional analyze these symptoms if you have been bitten
Most ticks vary in color depending on the specific species. Ticks can appear smaller than the seed of a sunflower, yet will expand when engorged with blood to over a cm long. The larvae of the ticks are microscopic in size, often less than a full mm.
During the life-cycle of a tick, they will go through four different states of development. Starting with the egg, then the larval, the nymphal, and finally an adult. During the larval stage, the tick will have six legs and then eight legs as they develop into the adult stage of reproduction. During all four stages a tick is constantly consuming blood. Many diseases that are picked up from the animals that they infect can be passed throughout the different stages of the ticks life.
To limit tick infestation, keep the grass on your property short and repair any cracks in the home foundation. If a tick is discovered on the body or your pets, the ticks need to be grabbed behind the head with a strong pair of tweezers. Pull the tick slowly away from the skin of the host. Do not crush the tick once removed or fluids can be released. Be certain the entire mouth has been removed from the skin, and place the tick in a jar in case the physician needs to analyze it. Properly disinfect the location of the bite. If the area becomes infected, medical attention is recommended immediately.
What YOU Need to Know About TICKS
FAQs About This Common PEST
As the warm weather kicks up there’s a good chance you and your family are spending more time outside—and more time exposed to ticks. While ticks are a common problem that doesn’t mean they should be ignored or overlooked. Too often, a missed tick can lead to serious complications including infestations and, even, Lyme Disease. Here’s what you need to know to prevent tick-related issues in your home or business. Have more questions or need additional support? Contact Foundation Pest Control to connect with our expert exterminators now.