The Answers To Tucson's Most Commonly Asked Tick Questions

February 15, 2021

It is no fun finding a tick on your dog or cat. It is even less fun when you find a tick on yourself. There is something not quite right about a bug that attaches to you and draws your blood. They're also a known vector for disease. We wouldn't be surprised if you have questions. We've put together a short list of common questions we get about ticks. Perhaps you'll find the answers to your questions below.

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How scared should I be of ticks?

This is the elephant in the room. You've probably heard that ticks can make you sick, but what are the odds? Will you get sick from every tick that bites you? The truth is that you can get bitten by many ticks and never get sick. While certainly comforting, this fact is somewhat misleading.

  • The best outcome is to get a bite from a seed tick that has not had a blood meal. When this happens, you will not contract a disease.

  • It is possible to get a bite from a tick that has had a blood meal but has not yet contracted a disease that is dangerous to humans.

  • You can get a tick-borne disease, even a deadly one like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and be asymptomatic. That is to say, you have no symptoms but you are a carrier.

  • There are several tick-borne diseases that can lead to death. If you're bitten by a tick, seek medical aid to reduce the risk.

  • The worst case scenario is that you contract a disease and it becomes a chronic illness that plagues you with health complications for the rest of your life. This is what Lyme disease has the potential to do.

What do I do when I find a tick on me?

Early detection and proper removal of a tick can prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. We recommend using a tick-removal tool. If you use tweezers, utilize needle-nose tweezers and pinch the head of the tick as close to your skin as possible. The goal is to avoid squeezing the body of the tick because it will inject more disease-causing organisms into the wound.

How do I keep ticks off me?

Ticks wait on vegetation and they cling to you as you pass by. They don't fall on you or jump on you. You can target the vulnerable point of contact by spraying mosquito repellent with DEET on your legs. This product will cause ticks to disengage and fall off. We highly recommend using repellent if you'll be walking in wooded areas or tall grass.

What time of year are ticks the worst?

Ticks don't have a season in Tucson, Arizona. They're active all year long. That means your tick prevention needs to be year-round. We can assist you with this by providing tick reduction in your yard. When you have few ticks in your yard, you, your kids, and your pets will have fewer, if any, encounters with ticks.

Residential pest control in Tucson isn't just something you get to keep nuisance pests out of your home. It is essential protection that every homeowner, and every family, should have. There are many pests in our area that bite and sting. Ticks are just one of them. While we can't tell you how much of a threat ticks will be to you, we can tell you that they have the potential to cause serious harm. It is best to mitigate that threat with preventative pest control. Reach out to us today to request a pest control evaluation for your property.  

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