The most terrorized ticks that live in the United States are blacklegged ticks due to their capacity to trigger Lyme disease. They are found across all of the Eastern United States and in the Pacific states of Washington, Oregon, and California. There are populations throughout Northern Pennsylvania but, as at the time of writing at the time of this writing, the CDC has not received any information on any localized instances or cases of Lyme illness in Pennsylvania. However, there is an increasing concern throughout Pittsburgh County, due to possible cases of Lyme among residents who have visited regions with endemic status, some of which are not within the nation. There is currently an unfounded concern about Lyme infection in Pittsburgh however Lyme isn’t the only disease that are transmitted by ticks. In our region there is a significant risk of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, that can cause grave and potentially life-threatening signs. Here’s what you need be aware of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and ticks that are carriers in the Pittsburgh region.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
This disease, often referred to as RMSF, usually comes with flu-like symptoms. First, a rash appears about two to five days after transmission. It is estimated that six to ten people develop a rash and, in Pennsylvania, it is rare for a rash to be associated with RMSF.
Some of the symptoms can be acute, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite abdominal pains, muscular nausea, pain, and breathing problems in the upper respiratory tract. The long-term effects can lead to serious medical problems. Treatments within the first 5 days are more likely of seeing results.
Brown Dog Tick
The most commonly seen tick found in Pennsylvania is the dog tick. It’s about one-quarter of an inch in length and is reddish-brown if not engorged. If it’s suffered a blood-related incident, it could grow as large as 1/2-inch, and the body of an engorged animal will have a grayish blue color. Although brown dog ticks prefer to feed on blood of domestic canines however, they are able to bite human beings and are also known for transmitting RMSF. This is a major issue.
Another problem with brown ticks on dogs is they are the sole tick species that has the ability to complete its entire cycle inside. If ticks are introduced their home, they are able to stay inside your home and grow into populations.
American Dog Tick
Another tick that is common in Pennsylvania residences is known as one called the American dog tick often known as wood tick. The ticks are taken in by your pet within wooded areas. Once in your home The American tick doesn’t have the capacity to finish its life cycle however, it can bite people. Thus, although its time could be brief but it’s more dangerous than brown dog ticks. American ticks on dogs have been recognized as carriers of RMSF and Tularemia.
There are several ways to prevent brown dog ticks and the other tick species from infiltrating your home.
- Check that you and your dog(s) as well as your cat(s) wear the appropriate collars for flea and ticks. They’re not 100% guarantee of protection but they’re a good start.
- Conduct routine tick inspections. Examine the ears as well as between your pet. These are the area where ticks may be caught.
- Reduce the activity of wildlife in your backyard to decrease ticks that are in your yard. This can be done by controlling wildlife-attracting factors including garbage bins and bird seeds in the ground.
- Rodents pose a significant danger when it comes to ticks and spreading of tick-borne illnesses. You must take immediate action to eliminate the rodents and mice whenever you observe activity around or inside your home.
- If you have a pet and they roam in your backyard, we suggest making a secure area. This will prevent your dog from acquiring ticks on your lawn and decreases wildlife activity within this outdoor area for recreation.
There’s no better way to lower the chance of contracting tick-borne illnesses than by having regular pest control that includes tick removal. If you are unsure about how these services function you can contact Pittsburgh Pest Control. We will guide you to the most effective tick-control plan for your property and garden. Our services are reasonably priced and are scientifically designed to provide you the highest quality results. Don’t let ticks cause you and your pet sick. Call Pittsburgh Pest Control today. We’re here to assist you with all of your pest control requirements.