PUBLISHED ON April 21st, 2015
Ticks 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.