Let’s Talk Ticks.
Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida not only rids your yard of pesky mosquitoes, but we take care of ticks too! Did you know that ticks will arrive before mosquitoes and hang around after the mosquitoes are gone? Ticks arrive once the ground temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to have a plan in place in advance.
Ticks can carry the pathogens for ten human diseases and spread illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Anaplasmosis. These diseases are major health concerns, reinforcing the need to prevent tick bites. Symptoms of tick-borne illnesses include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time while feeding.
Pet owners and parents alike are concerned with tick prevention because a tick bite can have serious implications for children and pets. Five of the ten diseases ticks transmit to humans can be transmitted to pets. That is why keeping everyone (furry or not) around your household tick-free is important.
With help from Mosquito Joe, you can get ahead of any tick issues on your property this season by implementing the following habits:
- Keep grass mowed and trees trimmed.
- Move wood piles away from the home.
- Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is high.
- Move swing sets, sandboxes, and other play areas away from wooded areas.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when walking in wooded or grassy areas to avoid tick bites.
- Wash clothing immediately after coming inside and inspect kids and pets for ticks.
Ticks cannot jump or fly, they can only crawl. They sit on the tips of grass and shrubs while waiting for hosts. When brushed by a moving animal or person, ticks quickly let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. To avoid this, use prevention methods to keep ticks out of your yard and let Mosquito Joe of Northwest Florida spray your yard and set up a barrier for these intruders. Since our barrier sprays target shrubbery, we already zone in on where ticks live while waiting for a host.
To avoid the host being you, let us be another line of defense against tick-borne illnesses. Call us today at 850-316-4030 or fill out a form to the right for a free quote.
To learn more about the increase in ticks, associated illnesses, and how to spot the symptoms, check out “Forget Ebola, Saras, and Zika: ticks are the next global health threat” written by The Guardian. Or visit our learning center to learn more about how to combat ticks, as well as more about the diseases that ticks can carry.