Why Tick Control Is Important In Boise

April 5, 2022

Ticks are tiny, parasitic arachnids with a habit of hiding in our backyard foliage. They lie in wait for unsuspecting hosts, crawling onto pets or people as they brush past their lair and then embedding themselves into the skin where they'll remain and feed on the host's blood for a long time unless removed early. 

Not only are these blood-sucking invaders rather disturbing, but they can also be quite dangerous. Ticks spread several potentially deadly diseases, so it's important to be able to recognize one when you see it and even more so to protect your Boise yard from them before they infest your home. Read on to learn everything you need to know about ticks, including the best way to get rid of them.

black legged tick on a yellow flower

Tick Season In Boise

Ticks are most active during the warmer months, when the environment is most hospitable to their life cycle and when their potential hosts are most active. They look like flat, oval-shaped arachnids, but after they've fed for a while, they become large and bloated. 

They're brought onto people's properties by wild animals, which they often feed upon. Although they thankfully can't complete their life cycle inside your home itself, they can still completely take over your backyard. Any areas of dense vegetation could potentially serve as a hiding place for ticks, making you paranoid to spend time outside or even to let your pets out unsupervised.

Ticks Carry Diseases

These sneaky parasites do a lot more harm than simply stealing a bit of blood. There are dozens of dangerous diseases directly associated with ticks, and the longer one of the creatures keeps latched on to its host, the higher the risk of contracting one. Here are just a few of the potential pathogens ticks transmit:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Tularemia
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Powassan

Common symptoms across the board include a severe rash, fever, headaches, nausea, fatigue, numbness, and sometimes even symptoms as severe as paralysis. They will all require medical attention, but the best way to protect yourself from these and other dangerous illnesses is to avoid them altogether and prevent ticks from taking over your property.

DIY Tick Prevention Methods

Ticks can be incredibly tricky to get rid of, let alone prevent. Not only are they difficult to detect, but they also go through a fast and prolific breeding cycle. However, if you know their habits and preferred habitat, there are ways to fight against them, such as:

  • Treat your pets regularly with a veterinarian-approved preventative
  • Keep your yard free from clutter and debris. Pick up any leaf or mulch piles, and keep grass, hedges, and trees well-trimmed.
  • Repair holes, cracks, and other potential entry points around your home's exterior
  • Vacuum regularly to catch any stragglers hiding in your carpet.
  • Keep wild animals off your property by making sure fences are secure, storing trash securely, and eliminating open water sources.
  • Partner with the knowledgeable tick control professionals at Owyhee Environmental for ongoing guidance.

How Professional Tick Control Works

Ticks are infamous for their stealth and prolific breeding cycle, both of which make removing them on your own a daunting task. That's where we come in. When you partner with the pest control experts at Owyhee Environmental, you're getting a guarantee of affordable, effective treatment. If you're going through a tick infestation, don't hesitate to reach out for professional help. The longer these parasitic pests are able to stick around, the more risk of disease you and your pets are put through. Call Owyhee Environmental, and one of our certified technicians will be on the scene as soon as possible to treat the present problem and then establish our proven prevention measures to protect your property from these parasites in the future.

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