The Summer in North Carolina is beautiful. Residents and visitors love to get outside and enjoy everything this idyllic state has to offer. Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks when it comes to spending time outside, and for us here in Charlotte, one of those drawbacks is ticks.
Ticks are dangerous pests that are known to transmit a multitude of diseases. Not to mention, their bites are painless, so you could be bitten by a tick and not even know it. That’s why you need to be cognizant of all areas of your yard where ticks may be lurking.
With a few simple preventative tips, you will be able to greatly reduce your odds of being exposed to tick bites and keep your family and your pets safe all summer long.
What Do Ticks Looks Like?
The first step to pest prevention is identification. All ticks are arachnids, so that means they all have eight legs (though the larvae sometimes have six). In addition to this, most ticks will change in color after they've ingested a blood meal. Moreover, ticks' bodies will engorge once they have fed.
Here in North Carolina, there are four species of ticks are most common. These are American dog ticks, brown dog ticks, lone star ticks, and black-legged ticks.
American dog ticks are a brownish color and feature white or yellow markings. The female's markings are marbled and cross the upper surface of their bodies while the male’s markings cover the entire upper surface of their bodies.
Brown dog ticks are brown as their name might suggest. However, after feeding their bodies will turn a greyish-blue.
Lone star ticks have noticeable silvery-white spots on their backs. The female has only one large spot while the males have many smaller spots.
Black-legged ticks, as their name might suggest, have black legs. Their bodies, however, are orange and black. Black-legged ticks are sometimes called deer ticks as they often will feed on deer.
No matter the species, you don’t want any of these ticks hanging around your yard because ticks can be dangerous if they bite you or your pets.
The Dangers Of Tick Bites
Ticks are considered to be a dangerous pest. This is because as they feed on the blood of various hosts, they are capable of spreading blood-borne diseases.
Ticks do not jump, so they bite their victims by hiding in tall grass or leaves, reaching out their legs, and latching on as the host passes by. Also, their bites are painless, so the host might not notice they’ve been bitten for some time which leaves them susceptible to the diseases that ticks can spread.
The diseases that ticks are known to spread include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis. Although not every tick bite will spread disease, the fact that some will means every tick bite should be considered potentially dangerous.
There are some preventative measures you can take to avoid a tick bite. Wear light-colored clothing that covers your wrists and ankles, treat your clothing with a CDC approved insecticide, and check for ticks after spending time in the wilderness.
How To Keep Your Yard Safe From Ticks
When it comes to limiting ticks, the primary objectives are keeping the grass and plants around your home well-maintained, as well as removing anything that might attract wildlife to your property.
To help limit your exposure to ticks you should:
Keep your lawn well-maintained.
Keep the bushes and vegetation trimmed and maintained
Remove any bird feeders.
Place a stone barrier between wooded and grass areas.
Inspect yourself, your children, and your pets before coming inside.
Following these tips will help reduce your chances of dealing with ticks in your yard.
For More Information, Call The Pros
If you have any questions on how to decrease the tick population on your Charlotte property, give us a call here at Proforce Pest Control. We’ll help you take the proper precautions so that you and your family are safe while playing outside this summer.
Don’t hesitate. Call us today.