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Are You Prepared for Tick Season?

ticks on a strand of grassTicks are more than annoying bloodsuckers. Some transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick paralysis. As more people spend time outdoors, Washington and Oregon pest control experts want to make sure that you stay healthy while enjoying nature. Before you head outdoors, arm yourself with the following tick-related knowledge.

Tick Pest Control Tips

Know How to Identify a Tick

Ticks are arachnids and have two body segments. They have six legs along their abdomen during the larval stage. Adults have eight legs. Adult ticks are 3 to 5 millimeters wide, but an adult female can grow up to 1 centimeter wide after feeding.

Tick Habitats

Ticks live in forests, gardens and dunes. They generally stay 3 feet or less above the ground. When a tick is ready to feed, it will climb to the top of tall grasses or the edge of branches and wait for a host to cross its path.

How to Tell if You Have a Tick

Humans generally do not feel tick bites, and ticks are good at hiding in hard-to-find places, like your hair. If a tick bites you, your skin may become a little red or swollen.

When you remove a tick from your body, place it in a in a sealed container and keep it in the freezer in the event that you develop symptoms of a tick-related disease, which include:

  • Sudden onset of a fever, rash, muscle pain and headache
  • A bulls eye-shaped rash, which can appear one day to one month after a tick bite

If you develop any of these symptoms, seek medical help.         

How to Tell if Your Pet Has a Tick

A pet with a tick will scratch, lick or groom itself excessively in the affected area.

Tick Prevention

  • Avoid bushy areas or those with tall grasses
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat when enjoying the outdoors
  • Apply DEET to exposed skin
  • Regularly use a flea and tick pest control solution on your pet
  • After spending time outdoors, inspect your entire body for ticks. Have someone check areas that are difficult for you inspect on your own, like your head.
  • If you go out with your dog, brush its fur and inspect its body before allowing it to get in the car.

If you find a tick, promptly pull it straight out with a pair of tweezers or a tick removing tool. Then wash the site with soap and water, and apply an antiseptic. If you notice ticks nesting on your property, call Eden to schedule a free inspection. When it comes to pest control, Washington and Oregon residents can count on our green techniques to keep your family and the earth safe.

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