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When it comes to ticks, there is one tick that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is called a blacklegged tick, but many refer to it as a deer tick. While these ticks are not able to complete their entire life cycle inside your home, they can still be a significant threat when they get in because they can carry Lyme disease and other human pathogens. Here is a quick guide to help you recognize tick problem inside and around your home.

If you own a pet, we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that pet owners have a higher risk of contracting tick-borne diseases, especially pet owners with a dog or cat the goes in and out of the house. The good news is that your pet is a great way to detect ticks. If you check your pet's ears and toes regularly, you'll be able to catch ticks early and address the problem quickly. Early detection is key in the prevention of tick-borne diseases. This is true of humans and pets.

Vulnerabilities

If you keep seeing ticks inside your home, this is a warning sign that your home is vulnerable to tick invasion. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to preventing ticks from getting into your home.

  • Mice and rats are often used by ticks to get into a home. If you've been noticing droppings in the backs of your kitchen drawers or some other sign of rodent activity, don't be surprised that you're also dealing with ticks. Rodents will bring ticks into many areas of a home where pets can pick them up. And, when your pets pick them up, they can bring them right into your lap.

  • Furry animals aren't the only creatures that can bring ticks into your yard. Deer ticks will attach to birds. If you have feeders near your home and ticks continue to be a problem, you may want to consider moving those feeders away from your home or investing in tick control for the perimeter of your home. When you have routine treatments around your foundation perimeter, ticks don't have time to develop and cling to rodents and other animals that explore shaded areas around your home.

  • If you keep finding ticks on your pet, and you have a pet that goes in and out of your home, it is important to examine conditions in your yard that may be inviting wildlife in. If you have trash in open receptacles, wildlife will take notice. If you have fruit trees, vegetables, berry bushes, or some other food source, it is important to protect them with fences.

  • Along with keeping wildlife out of your yard, it is important to contain dogs in an outside play area. This will reduce the number of wild animals entering into that area and dropping tick eggs. It will also keep your dog from exploring the shaded locations around your foundation perimeter and picking ticks up there.

Whatever reason ticks are getting into your home, it is important to understand the role a pest management professional can play. When you have a PMP treat your yard, and address rodents and other pest animals, you and your pets won't have to worry about ticks as much. Your PMP can also apply a treatment that actively eliminates ticks in shaded areas where tick eggs commonly fall off of rodents and other wildlife. This reduces the number of ticks around your home. Your PMP can even assist you with bird control. Ticks are part of an ecosystem and that ecosystem must be properly managed. Partnering with a pest controller gives your home and your property what it needs to resist pest infestations. And, with all of the diseases that can be spread by insects and rodents, no home should be without a pest plan.

For tick control (and control of a wide range of household pests) in Knoxville and the surrounding areas, get started here. Russell's Pest Control is a leader in residential and commercial pest management. You can trust our team of educated professional to give your home the protection it needs.

 

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