While tick extermination is a guaranteed way to resolve a tick problem near your home, prevention should be square one for anyone who wants to stay on top of pest control in New Haven.
It’s no secret that ticks see pets as the perfect hosts since it is easier to hide within their fur, and pets are less able to remove a tick than people. That’s why owners need to be hyper-vigilant about pet health when it comes to ticks. This article will set you up with the key information you need to know about tick control and prevention to protect your pets as well as yourself and your family.
The Threat Ticks Pose To New Haven People And Pets
Are ticks dangerous? This is the big question when it comes to ticks hanging around residential areas. The short answer is yes. This doesn’t mean that an encounter with a tick is guaranteed to result in a serious medical condition, but it does mean that ticks present health risks to both people and pets, making tick prevention all the more important.
In fact, ticks in New Haven can spread a number of diseases to both humans and animals, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and Lyme disease. None of these diseases should be treated lightly. If you notice any symptoms in your pet or yourself following an encounter with a tick, you should contact a relevant medical professional as soon as possible.
Five Effective Strategies To Prevent Ticks Around Your Property
Tick prevention is fairly straightforward, but you need to be proactive with these strategies to achieve results.
Try the following:
- Keep the lawn and shrubs trimmed neatly.
- Prevent wild animals from entering your yard.
- Make sure that wood piles are kept dry and stored far from the home.
- Remove any debris from your yard.
- Use gravel to separate your lawn from wooded areas.
These are simple, inexpensive, and effective strategies for preventing ticks from coming near your home and attaching to family members or pets. Try to regularly keep up with these strategies, especially in spring, summer, and fall.
What To Do If You Or Your Pet Has Been Bitten By A Tick
Even for the most conscientious of pet owners, there’s a good chance that your dog or cat will suffer a tick bite at some point in their lifetime. Can dogs get sick from ticks? Yes, they can, but try not to panic if you’ve recently noticed a tick somewhere on your dog’s body.
If you notice a tick has attached itself to you or your pet, it’s important to follow a few basic steps to make sure the problem can be resolved as soon as possible. You can attempt to remove the tick yourself. All you need is a pair of tweezers and some patience. If you do manage to remove a tick, disinfect the wound right away.
If you’re unable to fully remove the tick, you can alternatively see your doctor or take your pet to your local vet. Many vets offer same-day appointments during regular operating hours.
Pros And Cons Of DIY Tick Control
Performing your own tick removal, meaning removing ticks from your property, is technically possible, but it’s not recommended for most people.
Ticks are very good at hiding, and if you don’t know where to look, it can be difficult to even locate ticks and their eggs. Also, consider that ticks can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, presenting an expansive pest control problem. And as we mentioned earlier, a tick problem near your home could be related to the presence of other pests, making the whole situation more complicated.
Professionals, on the other hand, use modern techniques and expertise to make sure that your property is tick-free.
Reach out to us at Connecticut Pest Elimination, Inc. today for help with ticks and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in New Haven.