How To Protect Yourself From Dangerous Ticks In Coconut Creek

August 07, 2023 - Ticks

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Summer is the peak of tick season here in Florida. Whether you have already had to remove ticks from your family or pets or you’re looking for ways to protect them, this blog is for you. We’ll explore the topic of tick pest control in Coconut Creek and help you determine the best way to defend yourself and your family from these dangerous pests.

We’ll start by explaining what a tick is and review the dangerous diseases their bites can spread. We’ll also provide practical tips you can use to protect your loved ones from tick bites. Keep reading to learn more about ticks in Coconut Creek and the most effective way to control them on your property with the experts at GOTBUGSIKILL.

What Exactly Is A Tick?

People often assume ticks are insects, like fleas or mosquitoes, but ticks are arachnids, more closely related to spiders. Like spiders, ticks have eight legs and no antennae. These arachnids are parasites that require a blood meal to survive, and most species will bite humans and animals.

American and brown dog ticks are common in Coconut Creek, and while both prefer to bite the family pet, they will also attach themselves to people. American dog ticks prefer low grassy areas and do not survive well inside the house, but the brown dog tick can spend its entire life indoors. 

The brown dog tick is especially concerning because it can lay its eggs inside, and when they hatch, hundreds of immature ticks will infest the house. The best way to prevent ticks on pets and keep them out of the house is to work with a professional tick control company in Coconut Creek. Contact us today at GOTBUGSIKILL for assistance getting rid of ticks and preventing an infestation.

The Dangerous Diseases Tick Bites Are Known To Spread

When ticks feed on a host animal with a blood-borne disease, they can spread that illness through their saliva to the next person or animal they bite.

Tick bites in this area can spread several dangerous diseases to people and their pets, including:

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

  • Tick paralysis

  • Tularemia

  • Canine ehrlichiosis

  • Canine Babesia

Prompt and careful tick removal can help you avoid disease transmission. Use blunt tweezers near the head of the tick and gently tug (but don’t twist) until it releases its hold. Avoid crushing or handling the tick with your fingers, and thoroughly wash the area with soap and water.

Ticks don’t immediately start feeding when they find a host, and it can take several hours for them to embed themselves deeply enough to feed. If you think a tick has been on you for several hours or notice any flu-like symptoms or a rash, contact your healthcare provider.

GOTBUGSIKILL offers tick control for your yard to help protect your family and pets from dangerous diseases. Contact us today to learn more about our tick control services or to schedule an appointment.

Effective Tips To Protect Yourself From Tick Bites

Tick repellents containing DEET can help you avoid bites. Also, wear long sleeves, and tuck your pants into boots for additional tick protection, especially when walking in the woods or grassy areas.

Around the yard, there are several ways to reduce the chances of coming in contact with ticks, including:

  • Keep the lawn cut short to prevent ticks in the grass.

  • Remove excessive vegetation and yard debris.

  • Keep bushes and shrubs cut back from walkways.

  • Install fencing around your property to keep wild animals out.

  • Stack wood neatly, and keep it dry to avoid attracting rodents carrying ticks.

  • Place a three-foot barrier of wood chips or gravel between your lawn and the woods.

  • Consult your veterinarian about tick prevention medication for pets.

Combining your efforts with professional tick control is the best way to protect your family and pets from dangerous ticks. Contact us today at GOTBUGSIKILL for assistance with tick control and prevention. Our technicians can help you eliminate ticks and help you determine what factors on your property might attract them.

The Key To Effective Tick Control For Your Property

Professional tick control is the most effective way to get rid of ticks near your yardand keep them from coming back. GOTBUGSIKILL is here to help you manage ticks and any other dangerous or nuisance pests on your property. Contact us today to learn more about our Coconut Creek pest control services or schedule an appointment to reclaim your yard from troublesome ticks.

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