Tick Control 101: Techniques For A Tick-Free McDonough Yard

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Your backyard should be a safe place for your family and pets, but this area becomes a hazard zone when ticks invade. It is time to take action if you are finding ticks on your family or pets when they come in from the yard. Welcome to "Tick Control 101," where we will help you determine the best way to keep these pests off your property and away from your family.

We'll start by explaining the life cycle of ticks and reviewing the dangers they pose to the health of your loved ones. We'll also provide tips to help you prevent bites when spending time outdoors. Learn more about effective pest control in McDonough with the pros from Shane's Pest Control. 

The Life Cycle Of Ticks: A Comprehensive Overview

A female tick can lay thousands of eggs, and after they hatch, they progress through the stages of larva, nymph, and finally, adult. Baby ticks need to have a blood meal at each stage of their life cycle to survive. Some species require a different host at each stage, while others, like dog ticks, stick to one host their entire life.

Once a tick finds a host, it cuts into the skin to feed, and its saliva has anesthetic properties that keep the host from feeling anything. A tick will slowly feed for several days and then drop off to prepare for its next life stage. To protect your family from dangerous bites, contact us today at Shane's Pest Control for assistance in eliminating ticks from your property.

The Dangers Of Tick-Borne Diseases: Risks And Symptoms

When ticks feed on a host, they can also pick up pathogens, which can spread to the next host they bite through their saliva.

The following list describes some of the dangerous diseases ticks in our area can carry and the early symptoms to watch for:

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Fever, headache, rash, nausea, stomach pain, lack of appetite

  • Lyme Disease: Fever, chills, muscle and joint aches, bulls-eye rash (doesn't always appear)

  • Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI): Fatigue, headache, fever, muscle pain, bulls-eye lesion

  • Heartland virus: Headache, nausea, diarrhea, joint and muscle pain, lack of appetite

The longer ticks are attached, the greater the chances of disease transmission, so prompt tick removal is essential. Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms occur within several weeks of a tick bite. Call us today at Shane's Pest Control for help getting rid of ticks in your yard to reduce the chances of dangerous bites.

Preventing Tick Bites: Essential Tips For Your Outdoor Space

Ticks in McDonough can be a problem year-round, but there is a lot you can do to help protect your family from these pests. Ensure everyone wears tick-repellent, long sleeves, and pants, and check for ticks after being outdoors

Using the following tick-prevention tips in your yard can also help:

  • Install fencing to keep wild animals carrying ticks out.

  • Store trash in secure containers to avoid attracting animals.

  • Keep the grass short, including around fences and structures.

  • Eliminate overgrown vegetation, woodpiles, and debris.

Combining your efforts with professional pest control services is the best way to get rid of ticks and prevent future infestations. Contact us at Shane's Pest Control today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in McDonough.

Professional Tick Control Services: Stress-Free And Effective

Shane's Pest Control offers professional tick control near you to help keep your yard safe and tick-free. Contact us today to learn more about our tick and wildlife control services or to request a complimentary evaluation and reclaim your yard from these dangerous pests.

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