Ticks are arachnids that live entirely off the blood of birds, reptiles and mammals—including humans. After passing through their first three life cycles (egg, larva, and nymph), adult ticks sit atop grass and other brush waiting for unsuspecting hosts to walk past. Tick bites range from mild nuisance to serious medical condition, and while most bites are harmless, on rare occasions they can transmit serious illnesses. Because of the potentially serious nature of tick bites, it’s essential to guard your home, your family and your pets from these harmful pests.
Signs and Symptoms
Until they’ve attached to a person or pet, ticks are almost impossible to spot. Ticks prefer warm, moist areas when feeding. For people, ticks usually bite near the armpit, groin or along hairlines. Ticks can and will bite almost anywhere on pets, but especially in or around the ears, toes, tails, and armpits. Click here for tips on How to Safely Remove a Tick.
Where to Treat
Ticks are rarely found indoors unless already attached to a host. For this reason, your yard, yourself and your pets are mostly where you’ll need to treat. For outside, we suggest treating your entire yard with a plant-friendly outdoor pesticide—including bases of trees, bushes, shrubbery, etc. To protect pets like cats, dogs and horses from bites, spray them with a pet-friendly repellent anytime they’re exposed to common tick areas (like the woods or tall grass). Similarly, before and after enjoying outdoor activities like hiking or camping, spray yourself with a personal bug repellent to prevent tick bites.
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Tips for Controlling Ticks
Repelling ticks and preventing bites is fairly straightforward. Like with most pests, prevention is the best form of pest control when it comes to ticks. Here’s some tips for getting started:
- As a preventative measure, treat your yard monthly with PCO Choice to kill and repel ticks.
- Ticks thrive in unkempt yards. Keep your lawn free of clutter, and regularly mow, weedeat, rake, and trim hedges and small trees.
- The longer a tick stays attached, the higher the chances of contracting an illness or infection, so remove ticks as soon as possible (ticks removed within 36 hours rarely cause disease or infection).
- Periodically check your pets for ticks, especially after spending time outdoors.
- Before and after walks, hiking, dog park visits and other outdoor activities, spray yourself and your dog with Tickshield or Cedarcide Original to repel ticks and other biting insects.