Now that all traces of summer and fall have subsided, we don’t need to worry about ticks, right? Although the warmth we crave during the summer brings a lot of joy, it also brings about ticks. If you live in the Northeast, you know why these tiny arachnids are so concerning. Despite the fact that we top the food chain, we remain vulnerable to all kinds of organisms, and ticks are a serious threat to our health. Every year, ticks will emerge from their winter shelters to target us once again for our blood, but there’s not much to worry about during the winter. Unless you come in contact with a wild animal carrying ticks, you are almost guaranteed to escape any tick encounters until spring returns. For the warmer months, what can you do when ticks take center stage once again?
Why should you be worried about ticks of all things when you've been bitten by bugs previously without experiencing any negative effects? You might not have ever had to pull out a tick that has become completely entrenched in your flesh if you are asking yourself this question. Yes, ticks feed only on blood and will continue to draw blood from your veins until satisfied. A tick may remain attached to you for a period of three to ten days, unlike mosquitoes, which only require a short length of time to obtain a full bellyful of blood to feed their young. Talk about a serious invasion of personal space.
Sadly, this parasite has a more dangerous side that can endanger the long-term health of its human hosts. Ticks are indiscriminate feeders. A tick is content to use any passing animal for a quick meal. This is bad news for humans. Because they go from victim to victim, ticks often pick up dangerous diseases that can severely damage our health. Lyme disease is the most common of these tick-borne diseases. Lyme disease symptoms usually resemble the flu and are often misdiagnosed due to such similarities. If this disease goes untreated, symptoms have been known to worsen and even cause painful, swollen joints, neurological ailments, and memory impairment. The clearest sign of all that you have this disease is a target-shaped welt that will appear at the site of the bite. However, this symptom doesn’t always appear, so be aware of other signs.
Who to trust for Portsmouth tick control
At Mosquito Squad, we’ve worked for nearly 20 years to ensure our customers are defended against ticks and the various diseases they can transmit. With the help of our innovative tick treatments and highly trained technicians, we can guarantee a dramatic reduction in the tick population on your property!
Ticks are no joke, but you likely won’t encounter them in winter. For effective Portsmouth tick control this spring and summer, trust Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. Give us a call at (603) 538-3125.