There are few things as annoying or disturbing as finding a tick on your body. These small yard pests lurk in hard-to-see places and are a plague to both people and animals. What most people don’t know about ticks, however, is that they are preventable. With just a little effort, you are likely to get your Columbus yard and property tick-free. Want to know how? Here is everything you need to know.
What Draws Ticks Onto Properties?
There are three things that ticks love more than anything else, darkness, moisture, and blood. They find darkness and moisture inside thick undergrowth, tall grass, and shaded areas such as woodpiles. Blood is a bit more difficult for these pests to find. Most often, ticks feed on wild creatures like wolves, bears, deer, rabbits, and squirrels. They do not, necessarily, prefer animal blood but seem to greatly enjoy blood from humans. For this reason, ticks will cling to tall grass, shrubs, and other greenery for hours waiting for unsuspecting victims to walk by. The reason they do this is that they lack mobility. Ticks do not run fast, fly, or jump like other blood-feeding pests. What they are good at is being sneaky.
The Dangers Of Ticks
Ticks are considered by many to be one of nature’s most dangerous creatures. This is because of the many diseases they can carry and spread. What diseases a tick carries depends on its species as well as whether or not they’ve been feeding on infected creatures. Lyme disease, for instance, is carried by both humans and animals such as dogs, horses, and cattle. Keeping this in mind, if you are ever bitten by a tick, do not just pull it out and throw it away. Certain tick-spread diseases like Lyme disease have multiple strains and are incredibly difficult to identify and treat. The only way for doctors to find a good treatment option is to have the vector that transmitted the disease in the first place. For this reason, we recommend saving any ticks that bit you inside plastic bags in the freezer. This will preserve them and could save you a load of trouble if worst comes to worst.
Some Natural Methods To Prevent Ticks
If you are the type of person that likes to solve problems on your own, then you should consider using DIY prevention tips to reduce tick populations around your property. To help you with this, here are some great tips experts recommend to combat ticks.
- Keep grass on your property cut short.
- Clean out thick undergrowth around forested areas on your property.
- Remove leaf piles, sticks, and other forms of organic clutter from your yard and property.
- Eliminate sources of water build-up around your yard.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working condition.
- Store firewood and scrap wood in a dry place.
- Before traveling through thick undergrowth or tall grass, tuck your pants into your socks.
- Apply insect repellant to your legs and body before going outdoors.
A Better Answer To Ticks On Your Property
It only takes one tick bite to change your life for the worst. To make sure these pests are not crawling around on your property, hire the experts at Pestmaster® Services. We offer both ongoing tick control and single service visits to handle these dangerous pests around Columbus properties. If you want the job done right the first time by a team of professionals who are friendly and looking out for your best interests, we are your best choice.
Contact us today to learn more about our tick control and schedule your Columbus property for a service visit.