How To Keep Ticks Away From Your St. Louis Property
May 30, 2021 - Ticks
Ticks are arachnids with a “crab-like” appearance that is less than ¼ of an inch long, and consume human or animal blood. They are generally found outdoors during the spring and summer months, and their prevalence varies each year due to factors including weather. Some of the most commonly found types of ticks include American dog ticks, brown dog ticks, and black-legged ticks, which are also referred to as deer ticks.
Like most parasites, ticks can carry and spread various types of disease as they travel among hosts. They are known for transmitting Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, among other health concerns. Those who experience adverse symptoms after exposure to a tick are encouraged to seek medical attention.
Ticks generally encounter their hosts outdoors and climb on them, as they are not equipped to fly or jump. They typically arrive indoors aboard a human or pet that is reentering the premises. Once indoors, ticks will reproduce and hide in carpeting, bedding material, furniture, or any location near pets.
For humans, ticks are often found on the arms, legs, or other areas of exposed skin that allow them to consume a blood meal. When a tick is discovered attached to a host, it should be carefully and entirely removed using tweezers. Then, immediately flushed down the toilet, submerged in alcohol, or otherwise disposed of. Wash the area of skin with soap and water, and apply antiseptic if possible.
Best Practices For Preventing Ticks
- Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors to limit areas of exposed skin, and consider applying permethrin to clothing and belongings to discourage ticks.
- Apply products such as IR3535, DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or other EPA-approved repellents to areas of exposed skin.
- Those with cats or dogs should have their pet treated regularly for fleas and ticks under the care of a licensed veterinarian.
- Briefly inspect your body and pets for the presence of any ticks before re-entering the home from outdoor activity.
When To Contact A Professional Pest Exterminator
Property owners that begin to notice the presence of ticks or other similar pests should respond promptly by contacting a local professional to schedule an inspection of the premises. In many cases, those who ignore or otherwise fail to take action often find that a somewhat minor pest intrusion can quickly worsen, and become a large infestation. Another commonly made mistake involves trying to use do-it-yourself (DIY) treatment options that are available from local home improvement stores or online retailers.
Those who use the mass-marketed DIY products, such as sprays, traps, and bait stations, often find them to be very mediocre and only capable of generating short-term results that ultimately result in further frustration. Also, some of these options might contain chemicals that could irritate the eyes, or aggravate allergy conditions. You are strongly encouraged to initially speak with a professional exterminator when these problems arise.
Licensed Local Provider Of Pest Control Services
Did you know the team of experts at Roberts Pest Control has been delivering positive results for residential and commercial customers in the St. Louis region for many years now? Our staff undergoes industry-leading initial and ongoing training in the use of products and treatment methods that are both powerful and eco-friendly. As local members of this community, we prioritize the safety of our customers, and the environment.
We continue to back the quality of our work with a satisfaction guarantee that ensures fleas, ticks, bed bugs, rodents, and other pests are quickly banished from the property. Our representative will also assess the property for any existing conditions that may make you susceptible to future pest-related intrusions. We look forward to speaking with you to schedule a no-obligation estimate of our tick control services or commercial pest control services.