Ticks: How They Live And How To Avoid Them
August 3, 2015
Ticks can be scary creatures to us humans because we know they live outside. We could be hiking into the woods or just in our backyards and ticks will somehow find us. We might not even notice that they have attached themselves to us. We could be in the shower and all of a sudden there is this dark thing on our arm or legs.
How is it that these sneaky creatures end up on us? You can get them outdoors when you go camping, hiking or just playing and working in the backyard. The reason Ticks end up on you is because they are like Dracula and they need blood to survive. Without blood they will die. This is why they are classified as a parasite.
Ticks are classified as Arachnids because they have eight legs. Their way of survival is to live off blood from various sources. They have a vector bite which can lead to many problems. Ticks stab you and can stay connected to you without you even really knowing it. This is why you need to make routine checks on various parts of your body to make sure they haven’t found a way to get under your skin.
Ticks are parasites that seek the blood of mammals, birds, reptiles including domestic animals of which are the most at risk. In some countries ticks are life threatening to domestic animals. This is more of a problem in certain climates than others. Countries or climates with high humidity and hot temperatures are at the greatest risk of contracting diseases including viruses and bacteria.
Like all living things there are certain favorable conditions for these creatures to breed and thrive in. As the temperatures heat up this becomes the perfect environment for the ticks to live in. Other factors that can affect your chances of being bitten are being close to and walking in the woods. Tall grass is another factor that ticks like to hide in and attach themselves to you from. Dead leaves are another environmental factor that provides a good breeding ground. Make sure to keep all grass cut and prevent any tall grass from growing on your property. If you live near the woods make sure to keep it separated from your yard with gravel or other barrier landscaping.
Deer can carry ticks so you want to put up barriers to keep them out. Don’t plant vegetation that attracts deer. Don’t forget about your pets and have them treated with tick prevention medicine. Make sure to inspect your pets for ticks and promptly remove them with tweezers. Removing them in a fast and efficient manner can keep them from becoming sick.
Two conditions increase the risk of getting diseases from Tick bites. The first is living in a humid environment. The other at risk condition is the population density of the area. If the area is more populated by deer and even people there is a higher risk of contracting ticks. The actual environmental conditions for contracting a disease like Lyme Disease has similarities. Sandy soil, hardwood trees, rivers and deer all up the possibilities of contracting this disease. The first people back in the seventies to contract the disease came from the historic Connecticut town of Old Lyme.
Ticks carry all kinds of diseases and most are caused by viruses and bacteria. There are some preventions and precautions you can take. Be sure to wear repellant when venturing outside. Products containing Deet and Permethrin can help you repel these blood sucking bugs.
When you come inside be sure to check for Ticks on your clothes. Be sure to shower after being outside. Next thing to do is inspect your body to see if these bloodsuckers landed on you. Be sure to check parts of the body you can’t visibly see. Check your back and between your legs as well as other areas you cannot readily see. Use a full-length mirror to get a better view of these bloodsuckers.
If you do find a tick use some tweezers to pull it out. Make sure you pull it straight out.
If you can find and pull these ticks out you can stop the spread of most diseases associated with Ticks. Just make it a routine to check for Ticks on your skin and you will be fine. Most ticks if removed early enough can stop the spread of disease. If you find the tick in enough time most diseases can be prevented. A good reference of time to stop the infection is 48 hours. If the Tick bite is found within this time and removed it can prevent the spread.
If you feel you're getting sick from the Tick infestation you should see your doctor. Some of the symptoms from the Tick infestation include rash, fever, aches and chills. If you feel like you have any of these symptoms then contact your doctor immediately. Don’t worry the diseases are not usually fatal but do require antibiotics to treat them.
Ticks carry lots of diseases and some can carry more than one at a time. The Ticks carry many pathogens and one of the most common is Lyme Disease. The bite by a tick turns into a rash and is a bacterial type of disease which can spread throughout the body. It could take as long as thirty days for the disease to manifest itself. Make sure to get help from a doctor because Lyme disease can turn into Chronic Fatigue. The female deer tick looks for lots of blood before laying her eggs. Make sure to check for symptoms from ticks and get help immediately.
Alliance Pest Services provides tick programs to ensure that your home and yards are treated for ticks.