What You Ought To Know About The Ticks In Charlotte's Backyards  


February 12, 2020

Despite the many sprays, creams, ointments, and salves available on the market today, there’s no perfect way to ensure that these blood-sucking bugs stay off your property (and skin) for very long. In Charlotte, there are three types of ticks that are common home and lawn invaders: the dog tick, the Lone Star tick, and the blacklegged tick, also called a deer tick.

a lone star tick on a fingertip

Tick bites can usually be identified by finding the tick offender in the center of a red bump, holding on for dear life. It is incredibly difficult to remove an entire latched-on tick from the body, especially when the head has been embedded for some time. If no tick is present, bites can often be identified through their resulting effects. A circular red ‘bull’s eye’ may begin to form around the circumference of the bite, spreading outwards. Not only is this a telltale sign of tick activity, but it may be a strong indication of the beginning stages of Lyme’s disease. If you think or know that you have been bitten by a tick and are experiencing unusual symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

The Dangers Of Tick Bites For Charlotte Residents And Their Pests

Tick bites are certainly nothing to downplay, and their infamous biting tactics can be accompanied by a host of severe illnesses and diseases. Humans are the most affected party that fall prey to these conniving characters, although some pets such as dogs and cats can suffer from extreme consequences. Some of the worst of these tick-borne dangers include:

  • The increasingly common Lyme’s Disease, which may cause severe damage to your nervous system. This forces the body to enter a constant stage of exhaustion while fighting off bacteria that may attack your eyes and heart, liver and kidneys, and joints. 
  • The Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which is another bacterial infection that can cause lifelong chronic illness and pain. 
  • Powassan, which may cause seizures in young victims, and even death.

Thankfully, ticks are generally only capable of spreading diseases to the host after being attached for twenty-four hours or longer. However, if a bite is suspected in any way, it is recommended to visit your doctor immediately. Pets are vulnerable to these infections as well, which is why prevention and certain maintenance tasks are vital to mitigating tick-borne illness in the Charlotte area.

Where Are Ticks Most Often Found In Charlotte?

Ticks are most often found around areas of the lawn that have been allowed to ‘grow up’ or otherwise run wild. These creatures engage in what is known as searching behavior, grasping on to a blade of grass or branch and waving their legs around to ‘catch’ a host. Once contact is made, the tick will accompany the host on whatever journey they may be making. Some of the most common spaces homeowners may encounter a tick are:

  • The lawn 
  • The woods 
  • Heavy shrubbery

Some of the methods of mitigating tick risk and removing the wildlife that carries them are:

  • Removing harborage spots 
  • Wearing long pants, shirts, and socks 
  • Getting regular pest control from a company you trust

For a comprehensive home inspection of the tick harborage spots near you, reach out to Proforce LLC for your complementary scheduling today.

Tick Infestation Spree? Use Proforce LLC

Disease-carrying pests such as ticks should never be allowed to maintain a presence in your lawn, whether or not they are affecting your current way of life. With just a single bite, these ferocious feral fiends can send victims packing to the hospital, where they may experience headaches and nausea, paralysis, and even a lifelong diet change. For assistance with tick control and other blood-sucking pests, reach out to the professional pest exterminators at Proforce LLC today.

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