Tips And Tricks For Tick Prevention In Maryland

10/30/2021

Nowadays, everyone seems to experience a tick problem at some point or another. During the warmer months, their population explodes, leaving us all wary about the dangers associated with a tick bite.

deer tick crawling on leaves

Ticks can be found in wooded areas. After a tick latches onto you, it siphons your blood. Ticks move from host to host, sometimes spreading diseases. Ticks feed on dogs, rodents, cats, birds, and human hosts. Once a tick latches onto a human, it’s not always easy to locate.

How Ticks Attach Themselves

Ticks examine the world with their front legs, checking for suitable hosts. Once a tick has found a suitable host, it attaches itself to the skin with tiny claws. They then penetrate the skin with their sharp mouths. The mouth of a tick is covered in hooks. The hooks stab into the host. Finally, the tick proceeds to drain your blood. The process takes several days to complete. After they have filled themselves to the maximum capacity, they release their hooks and craw off the skin, eventually moving to the next host. 

Ticks are notorious for hiding in warm parts of your and your pet's body. They prefer folds such as armpits and hairy areas. Because they are attracted to moist surfaces, they usually gravitate toward perspiring skin. However, don't be surprised to find them just about anywhere. When conducting a tick check, be sure to check all areas of the body thoroughly. 

From Your Pet To Your Maryland Home

Ticks jump from one host to the next, sometimes spreading diseases. If you have a pet, watch out for ticks. Ticks can also cling to your pet, irritating their skin and possibly spreading diseases to you and your family. A tick invades your home not because they find it hospitable, but because they have likely already clung to a host, whether the host is a child, pet, or adult. After they’ve invaded your home, they feed on your blood and irritate your skin. 

Disease
Only a fraction of the many tick species in the world transmit diseases. However, these diseases can have devastating effects on the body. According to the CDC, ticks can transmit the following:

  • Tick-borne relapsing fever
  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Tularemia
  • Babesiosis (a malaria-like illness transmitted by certain ticks)
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis

Keeping Ticks Off Of Your Maryland Property

Firstly, you should maintain a neatly trimmed lawn, and trim your shrubs. Grassy areas attract ticks, and massive shrubs offer alluring refuge. The less shrubbery the tick can hide within, the less attractive your yard will be.

Before letting your furry friend inside, run a flea comb through his or her hair to extract any pests that may be lurking behind fur. A pet’s fur is a convenient sanctuary for ticks. Though, a tick may have already firmly attached itself to your pet. For this reason, you should frequently check for ticks on your pet when outside.

The benefits of eliminating feral animals like raccoons and possums can be twofold. Not only can feral animals attack you or your family, but they can also carry pests with them, including ticks. A tick can migrate from a feral animal’s skin to yours. Seal any openings or crawl spaces where feral animals can enter your home and keep a close eye on your pet to prevent encounters with feral animals. 

Removing Ticks From Your Skin

A tick clings to your skin with its sharp mouth, gripping your body. However, a pair of fine tweezers can do the job. Pinch down on the tick with your tweezers, and pull upward. A motion that’s too jerky or forceful can sever the body from the mouth. While a lone mouth in your skin may be more desirable than the full tick, the mouth will remain lodged in your skin. Thus, pull upward with a moderate degree of force. If you're concerned about disease, save the tick in a plastic bag or jar and send it away for testing. 

The Professionals At Capitol Pest Will Help Keep Ticks Away

Here in Maryland, ticks can be so bad that they prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Though we can't control ticks everywhere, we can help when it comes to the sanctuary of your backyard. We offer customized solutions that will help reduce the tick population on your property. Protect your family, friends, and pets from these dangerous pests by partnering with the experts at Capitol Pest. Reach out to us today to learn more about our tick control options. 

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