The Secret To Total Tick Control For Your Atlanta Yard

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Sometimes mistakenly identified as insects, experts classify ticks as arachnids along with spiders and mites. Ticks typically are classified as either hard or soft ticks. Soft ticks primarily target bats and birds, while hard ticks prefer humans, pets, and various types of wildlife. 

Ticks thrive during the warm summer months. However, because the Atlanta region has a rather mild year-round climate, these pests may pose continual problems. Research performed by the Georgia Department of Public Health identified the most common tick species that bite humans. The most common species include American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), and black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis). 

Ticks originate from an egg and soon develop through stages as larva and nymphs before entering adulthood. After hatching from an egg, ticks rely on consuming blood throughout their lives. 

Has a significant tick infestation developed in your home? Seek assistance from an Atlanta pest control professional who knows how to spot a tick and the best ways how to repel ticks. Ticks may pose substantial health risks for humans and pests; therefore, promptly contact a professional for a detailed inspection. 

How Common Ticks Get Around

Experts suggest that ticks can detect the presence of humans and animals by sensing heat and movement. Ticks  in Atlanta will usually wait in areas of high grass or other vegetation awaiting a passing host. Ticks cannot fly or jump; however, they will reach out and climb onto a passing animal or human. 

Tick Bites Can Be Very Dangerous

People or animals with a tick on their skin often will not initially notice the pest because their saliva generates an anesthetic-like effect. Meanwhile, the tick will slowly extract blood from its host and may transmit harmful pathogens. Some of the primary health risks associated with ticks include tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and a host of other concerns. 

Are you wondering what to do if a tick bites you? In most cases, ticks remain attached to the skin. First, pull back any body hair shielding the tick. Using a pair of tweezers, tightly grasp the body of the tick, remove the pest from the skin, and promptly dispose of the tick. In most instances, bite victims only experience minor skin irritation; however, see assistance from a medical professional if serious symptoms occur.   

Five No-Nonsense Tick Prevention Tips For Your Yard

Diligent property owners will typically limit the possibility of experiencing a tick infestation. Some of the best preventative measures regarding how to avoid ticks on your property include: 

  • Limit potential hiding spots by removing leaf piles, mowing the lawn regularly, and trimming any overgrown vegetation.
  • Remove old furniture, mattresses, or other objects from outdoor areas near the home that might attract ticks. 
  • Store firewood neatly in a dry location that is away from the base of the structure, which helps discourage rodents. 
  • Create a roughly three-foot-wide “barrier” composed of gravel or wood chips that separate the lawn from any heavily wooded areas.
  • Install durable fencing around the yard that will effectively limit deer, rodents, and other creatures that might enter the yard while carrying ticks.

Among the best ways to prevent a tick bite involves always wearing long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants when participating in outdoor activities—particularly during the summer months. Consider applying an EPA-approved insect repellant to your body, clothing, and belongings. 

The Most Effective Tick Control For Your Yard

The qualified technicians with Squash-A-Bug Pest Control will safely and efficiently treat tick infestations for local property owners. Keep in mind that we always stand behind the quality of our work with a customer satisfaction guarantee. Contact our friendly staff today regarding a property inspection and estimate.

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