Ticks: Like a Time Bomb TICKing
Ticks are parasitic arachnids that live in densely-packed foliage and moist, shady areas, waiting for a victim to feed upon. Their main targets are raccoons, deer, squirrels, or any other animal, including you and your pets. Orlando pest control experts, Apex, share information to help protect you from harboring these parasitic pests.
- Remove Brush: Clear away brush near your home. If you live near a wooded area, keep all play equipment such as swing sets or sandboxes a safe distance from the woods. Even better, build a barrier path of gravel or cedar chips between the woods and the yard; ticks are unable to cross the mulch or gravel into your area.
- Pet Check: Check your pets if they enter any moist, shaded areas to ensure they have not inadvertently picked up any ticks. Ticks prefer to attach at the junction of the legs and body and on the faces of quadrupeds. As they grow, ticks’ abdomens will begin to expand with blood and they become quite noticeable. Keep ticks off your pets with a monthly regimen of tick prevention from your veterinarian, and brush your pets regularly to dislodge any potential parasite problems.
- Say No to Piles: Move piles of brush, leaves, branches, and compost farther away from your house since ticks love those areas. Keep your lawn mowed to remove the temptation for ticks to set up housekeeping. Sheds, fences, and retaining walls are also tick-friendly, so keep those areas free of brush and overgrowth.
- Diseases: Along with a nasty bite that causes itching and irritation, ticks carry diseases, such as Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by tick bites that affects the skin, joints, nervous system, and heart.
If you have tried all these tips and still have ticks, call the Orlando pest control professionals at Apex Pest Control at (866) 675-4070. Their expertise will prevent ticks from entering your outdoor living area now and in the future.