Tick Talk: Effective Prevention And Control Strategies For Your Garden City Property

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Tick prevention can help reduce many of the risks that ticks would otherwise bring right to your doorstep. This article will share with you some of the most important things to know about how ticks operate and how you can keep them far from your house. It will also provide details on the reality of tick-borne diseases and how you can keep yourself and your family safe with pest control services in Garden City. Let’s get started. 

The Life Cycle Of Ticks: A Comprehensive Overview

Ok, so what is the life cycle of ticks? The four tick life stages to remember are egg, larva, nymph, and adult. These stages are fairly similar to those of many other types of insects, but they’re especially relevant to tick behavior.  

For example, if you’re wondering, ‘Where do ticks live?’ the answer is rooted in the tick life cycle. Ticks tend to lay eggs in areas that are relatively protected. For example, you may find tick eggs in rotting leaves, where they won’t be entirely exposed to the elements. Ticks usually won’t lay eggs in the open. They want the eggs to be protected until they can mature and hatch. To progress from one stage to another, ticks generally need to feed, which means attaching themselves to a host and “drinking” their blood. 

Regarding tick control for residential areas, it’s important to note that ticks can feed on a number of wild and domestic animals as well as humans. So if there is already a pest problem around your home, such as a rat infestation, there’s also an increased chance of a tick problem since ticks can easily feed on rats or other rodents. 

Likewise, if your pet spends a lot of time running around the backyard, parks, or nearby wooded areas, they may be bringing ticks into your home. This brings us to the most serious type of risk that ticks pose to humans and animals: tick-borne diseases.  

Tick-Borne Diseases: The Silent Threat Of Tick Bites

The full list of diseases caused by ticks is a lengthy one, but what you really need to know is that these diseases aren’t just an urban legend. They are prevalent among ticks and can lead to serious medical problems. 

From ehrlichiosis and tularemia to Lyme disease, tick-borne diseases are a serious matter. Because ticks interact directly with the bloodstream of their hosts, they can easily spread contaminants without the host even noticing. If you know that you have been in contact with a tick recently, you should pay close attention to your health. If you think there’s a chance you’ve contracted a tick-borne disease, contact your doctor as soon as possible. 

Also, consider that pets are vulnerable to many of the same tick-borne diseases as we are. This is all the more reason to engage in effective tick prevention and eliminate the risk of encountering tick-borne diseases.     

Tick Prevention: Remedy Factors That Attract Ticks To Your Property

Now we’ve come to one of the most important parts of the discussion: how to prevent ticks from coming to and living on your property.

The following tips are intended to address the major factors that attract ticks: 

  • Use wood chips to separate your lawn from your patio. 

  • Keep your lawn cut relatively short. 

  • Carefully maintain bushes and tree branches to prevent overgrown areas. 

  • Remove rotting wood and any debris from your yard. 

  • In autumn, rake leaves regularly. 

Try to keep up with these strategies on a regular basis, not just once in a while. By reducing the number of factors that attract ticks to our yards and our homes, we can also heavily reduce the chances of running into a tick problem in the near future. 

However, these prevention tips can only do so much if you already have a tick presence on your property. That’s where professional services come in. 

Expert Tick Control Services: Keeping Your Property Tick-Free

Professional tick control services in Garden City are simply the best for making absolutely sure that your property is tick-free, both now and long into the future. When you work with a pest control service, you can rest assured we will consider and adapt to the unique qualities of your property and your current situation.  

Pest control services can also help with prevention and return to give regular inspections so that you can guarantee a tick-free yard for the long term. Reach out today for help with ticks and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Garden City.

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