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Ticks are small, blood-feeding arachnids that can transmit diseases to humans and animals through their bites. They are commonly found in wooded areas, grassy fields, and vegetation, and they can attach to humans and animals when they pass by. Here’s some information about ticks and how to deal with them:
An adult female will feed on the host for around one week, then drop off the host and find a secluded place for egg development. As adults, both males and females will attach to hosts and feed, although the males only feed for short periods. The overall cycle can be completed in just over two months, but frequently will take longer if there are few hosts available or in cold temperatures.
The tick is notoriously long-lived and can live as long as three to five months in each stage without feeding. In Florida, the cycle can occur year-round both inside houses and in outside kennels and dog runs. Within the infestation is discovered and addressed, the easier it will be to control. Monitoring and grooming dogs, particularly upon return from kennels or locations where other dogs are present, is the best way to detect infestations early.
Thousands of canines contract infections carried by ticks every year. Lyme disease is the most prevalent and serious variation. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, anaplasmosis, babesia, and tularemia are only a few of the deadly diseases that ticks may transmit. These illnesses include difficult-to-identify early signs, and dogs might have symptoms for weeks or months before the illness is discovered. Treatment can be effective, but sometimes it’s too late.
They may flourish in Florida all year long, including on your pet, on the grass, and in bushes and forested areas. In South Florida, brown ticks and American dog ticks are widespread, but the state is also home to deer ticks and the Lone Star insect. You should make sure that your family, your house, and your property are tick-free in addition to treating your pets on a regular basis.
Follow this advice to keep you and your family safe:
- Trim the shrubs, trees, and lawn in your yard.
- Clear the area surrounding your house and yard of any trash or clutter.
- To keep out other wild creatures that can spread ticks, use fences.
- Wear long, light-colored clothes and tick repellants when you’re outside so you can spot ticks with ease.
- If you have a pet, vacuum often and put the dander and dust in a plastic bag that is sealed.
- Regularly wash your bedding in hot water.
- Check for them if you, your loved ones, or your pets have recently been in grassy or wooded areas. Examine the area below the knees, between the legs, in the hair, around the waist, and around the belly button.
Being cautious, practicing preventive measures, and promptly addressing tick bites can help reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases. If you’re in an area with high tick activity, it’s important to be vigilant and take steps to protect yourself and your family.
Contact Hannan Environmental Services to take care of the areas on the outside of your home as well as your yard, shrubs, and trees. Additionally, we’ll provide suggestions for modifications that will help keep ticks from infiltrating your property. We will carry out routine checks and follow-up treatments to guarantee that your home is free from ticks, particularly when they are at their most active.