There is nothing more disturbing than finding a tick on your body when you return to your Pittsburgh home after spending some time outdoors. Ticks can transmit a number of bloodborne diseases, which can prove to be deadly for both humans and pets. Even worse, many people don’t realize they have been bitten until it is too late. People have many questions about ticks and how they can be protected from them. Pittsburgh Pest Control has the answers to all your pest questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions about ticks:

Which Time of Year are ticks the worst?

Tick bites can increase in some areas of the country as more people spend time outdoors, hiking and camping. Here in Pittsburgh, however, ticks can be a threat all year.

Are ticks jumping on you?

Ticks cannot jump, so the short answer is no. This common misconception could be due to the fact fleas, another parasitic pest, can jump quite far. Ticks, however, wait for a potential host by hanging out on a leaf, or blade of tallgrass. They latch on to the host without their host even knowing.

What should you do if you find a tick on your body?

You should immediately remove any ticks you find. Tick bites can transmit a variety of bloodborne diseases. If you have been bitten by a tick and experience severe headaches, paralysis, yellow fluid, paralysis of your extremities, difficulty breathing and weakness in your arms and legs, swelling, itching, or other symptoms, you should immediately contact a doctor.

How do you know if you’ve been bit by a tick?

A tick bite is usually a small, red bump on the area of the bite. It’s similar to a mosquito bite. Tick bites can be quite painless so you might not even know you were bitten. Even if there is no tick bite on your skin, if you feel any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.

How can you prevent ticks from getting on your body?

You may not be aware that you have been bitten by ticks. It is important to use tick-prevention techniques at home as well as outdoors. This means that ticks and other wildlife can be less attracted to your yard. This is:

  • Take care of your lawn.
  • You can trim any brush or bushes that are growing around your property.
  • Protect your garden with a fence
  • Take any fallen vegetables or fruits from your yard.
  • Take any uncooked pet food.
  • Outdoor dining areas should be free from food debris and spills.

You should also be aware of these things while out in the wild:

  • Stay close to the trailheads.
  • Avoid high grass and brush.
  • Protect exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and long trousers
  • After returning from the outside, check your body and that of your pet for ticks.

Find out more about tick prevention and control

We at Pittsburgh Pest Control are happy to answer any questions you may have about ticks and tick prevention on your property. You can use our residential pest control solutions in either one-use or ongoing treatments to give you peace of mind, no matter where your property is located. Do not allow ticks to make their home in the yard. Give us a shout today.

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