What Everyone In Boise Needs To Know About Tick Dangers
April 15, 2021
Ticks may be tiny, but their dangers are anything but small. These common parasites can pose greater health risks than other pests that might plague your property, so it pays to learn how to prevent their populations and react quickly.
What To Know About Ticks
Ticks are incredibly small but thankfully not too small to see with the naked eye. They are dark brown or reddish pests that resemble insects but are actually arachnids. Unlike spiders, which hunt bugs for food, ticks are too small to be hunters. Instead, they feed on the blood of large mammal hosts, including people and pets. Many parasitic pests are known to spread diseases, but ticks are perhaps uniquely known for their ability to transmit Lyme disease, which can be very serious if left untreated. Ticks tend to be outdoor pests, waiting on tall grasses or other vegetation for something with a heartbeat to brush past. They cling to hair, skin, or clothing fibers until they can find an opportunity to feed. It’s for this reason that anyone can accidentally track ticks back to their property, so thorough inspections and smart responses are required to reduce your risk of an infestation.
An Overview Of Tick Bites
Now, just because ticks can spread disease doesn’t mean they necessarily will. Plenty of people experience tick bites and only receive the mild symptoms of an itchy mark left behind on the skin. In fact, those marks are often the only thing people notice since tick bites themselves tend to be too small to even hurt initially. But even ticks without diseases can lead to many uncomfortable bites and a loss of blood that can be serious over time. If you notice any of these worsening symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately:
- Rash: One of the first signs of Lyme disease is the red rash that breaks out over the skin -- even in areas where you haven’t been bitten.
- Fever/chills: Another sure sign that you’re getting sick is the chills that can be caused by fever. If you notice that you feel sick after a bite appears, it could be a sign of a serious infection.
- Nausea/vomiting: This symptom typically comes at later stages of an illness and is proof that something is not right.
Tick Prevention For Your Property
Smart property owners will want to avoid tick bites altogether, so you never have to worry about worsening symptoms. To do that, however, you have to take care to reduce your risk of tick encounters both inside and outdoors. Here are ways to do this:
- Clothing: When traveling or being active outdoors, you should make sure to cover your arms and legs fully. While shorts and t-shirts are cooler, they leave you exposed to bites.
- Products: Another way to avoid bites while outdoors is through treating your clothes or body with sprays or lotions that repel ticks.
- Treatments: Treating your clothes or skin will only temporarily ward off tick bites. To keep their populations away, you need lawn treatments that make your property unattractive to them in the first place.
Trust Experts For Removal & Prevention
Even those who take care to protect themselves can wind up with tick populations on or near their property. Once this happens, ticks will be attracted to come closer simply because you are their direct food source. That’s why the only way to make sure you’re completely protected from ticks is with treatments offered by trained pest professionals. At Owyhee Environmental, our expert staff can get started right away on an inspection of your property. We’ll not only check for early warning signs, but we can also implement safe and effective yard treatments that prevent all kinds of invasive pests from coming into your yard.
To truly protect yourself from tick bites, turn to Owyhee Environmental today.