With the arrival of tick season this summer, you will need to take extra precautions while setting off on your perfect weekend camping trip in Tennessee. Nationwide Pest Control is here to share some key tips below for how to prevent a tick bite and the serious diseases ticks carry.
What are Ticks?
Ticks are parasitic arachnids and will burrow under the skin to feed off of the blood of mammals and other creatures. They often become problematic in the summer months due to the high heat and humidity which they love. Ticks have eight legs and are shaped like an oval. Their color is reddish-brown and adult ticks are about the size of a pinky fingernail.
How Do Ticks Get on My Property?
Ticks like leaves and tall grasses. They often travel by attaching themselves to other animals or hiding in the underbrush. When you call Nationwide Pest Control, we will dispatch a specialist to your property to identify where your tick problem is coming from and eliminate it for good.
The Dangers of Tick Bites
Ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease along with other tick-borne diseases. Many tick bites are often harmless but some ticks carry bacteria and can cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and other illnesses for both humans and dogs. Ticks are a dangerous pest and can harm both you and your loved ones if not treated seriously.
Symptoms of Tick Bites and Tick-Borne Illnesses
Below are a few symptoms of a tick bite and tick-borne illness. If you recently were in wooded areas or amongst tall grasses and experienced any of the symptoms below, you may have been bitten by a tick and infected with a tick-borne disease:
- A bullseye shaped rash
- Multiple rashes
- A red or discolored bump with a burning sensation
- Muscle aches
- Fever and chills
How to Prevent Tick-Borne Illness
- Always wear protective clothing such as long socks, a long sleeve shirt, and pants when hiking in wooded or grassy areas.
- Do a full-body check after prolonged time spent outdoors including behind ears, under armpits, and in hair.
- While hiking in Tennessee, try to remain in the center of the trail.
- If you have a yard, mow the lawn frequently and keep it tidy from leaf buildup.
- Check yourself AND your pets regularly for ticks
How We Prevent Tick-Borne Illnesses
Ticks can carry diseases and be difficult to get rid of on your own. It is never enjoyable to spend an afternoon trying to remove a tick with tweezers and risk a tick-borne illness. Consider calling Nationwide Pest Control today to help eliminate your tick problem! We use our large referral network to dispatch an expert to your property to rid your yard of ticks for good!
Call Nationwide Pest Control at (866) 584-9183 if you are experiencing a tick problem. We look forward to helping you!