Spring is a great time for families and children throughout the country. It brings the start of warmer weather and the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities after the end of the bitter winter months. However, just as spring brings renewal, it also means an increase in insects, including ticks. A tick bite can potentially lead to a number of diseases and health concerns, making it important to utilize methods of tick control in your yard.
What Are Ticks and How do They Threaten Humans?
Ticks are a mite, whose primary food source is the blood of larger animals. While many ticks feed from warm blooded wildlife, particularly deer, they can also attach to pets and humans. Ticks can be found in virtually any outdoor area, although they are most prevalent in areas with tall grass or trees.
A tick can attach itself to a human host in a number of ways, whether it’s dropping from a tree or after being brought into a home on a family pet. Tick bites are slightly painful, but more detrimental than the pain of the bite is the potential for diseases that can result from a tick bite.
Tick Bites and Lyme disease
Lyme disease is one of the most common diseases transmitted through tick bites. Lyme disease affects the skin and joints of the infected individual and in certain severe cases can also affect the heart and nervous system. The disease was discovered in 1975, after a large number of children were diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as a result of the disease. In the early stages of the disease, an infected individual may experience flu-like symptoms, including muscle and joint pain, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. If the disease is left untreated, it may progress to produce memory and concentration problems and chronic joint pain.
Keeping Your Family Safe From Ticks
Spring is one of the most important times of year to utilize techniques to prevent ticks from becoming a problem in your yard and gardens. A professional service, such as Mosquito Squad, can work with you to develop a plan of action that will help keep your lawn and garden areas tick-free, and your family and pets healthy. Not only can a professional service provide effective tick treatment plans, but can also ensure that all treatments are done in safest and most environmentally mindful way possible.