Spring has arrived in Texas and, along with it, more active pests. It is important that you learn about these pests and how they can impact you and your family. You should be aware of the most dangerous pests, like ticks, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
Though ticks are active all year round in Texas, their activity level increases as the weather changes and temperatures begin to rise in the spring. There are several different species of ticks found across the Lone Star State, the four most common types being American Dog Ticks, Lone Star Ticks, Brown Dog Ticks, and Blacklegged Ticks. Ticks live in both wooded areas and outdoor areas around homes that tend to have tall brush/grass, leaf piles, wood stacks, etc. They are tiny and often very difficult to see with the naked eye, especially in the earliest developmental stages when they resemble poppy seeds in both size and shape.
People in Texas should know how to protect themselves against ticks; tick bites should give cause for alarm. Why? Ticks are vectors of a variety of diseases, many of which cause serious illness, or even death, in humans. The most commonly known tick-borne illness transmitted by ticks is Lyme disease, though there are many others including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Though most tick bites are painless and cause only minor immediate physical signs or symptoms of illness, you cannot know if any given tick carries disease; it is vital to seek medical assistance immediately and remove any attached ticks if bitten because infections can be transferred within a few hours or even a few minutes.
While engaging in outdoor activities, it is crucial that you limit your exposure to ticks by applying insect repellent; wearing long pants, long-sleeve shirts, and closed-toes shoes; and performing “tick checks” on your whole family, including pets. And to mitigate ticks in and around your home, it is key that you trim shrubs, bushes, and trees; and remove the yard waste to minimize ticks’ preferred habitat. You should also cover garbage cans and store pet food inside to keep wildlife pests like rodents that often carry ticks from spending time around your property. Of course, the most important thing you should do is contact tick control experts at a professional pest management company for assistance keeping your yard tick-free.
If you need tick control in your home and around your property, reach out to Absolute Pest Management today! The Absolute Pest Management experts have the knowledge to deal with tick infestations effectively to protect you and your family and to keep the problem from getting out of control. Absolute Pest Management is your best choice for professional pest control in Austin and the central Texas area. If you need help getting rid of ticks or have any other pest issues, it is important to get assistance from professionals with pest control, pest extermination, and pest management experience–Absolute Pest Management is the company to call! Contact Absolute Pest Management online or by phone at 512-444-0262 to learn more about the services offered by the company and to receive a free pest control quote.