Ticks seem to be everywhere lately, and though they are small, they have the potential to cause some dangerous diseases. Home and pet owners in the Pittsburgh area should take the threat of these diseases and the pests that carry them very seriously. Two of the most common ticks in the Greater Pittsburgh area is the American dog tick and the black-legged deer tick. Ticks are external parasites that lay in wait on tall grasses and overgrown vegetation until they find a host to feed on, namely the wildlife that passes through the area. The wildlife then carries and transfers the ticks to backyards and properties where they begin feeding on livestock, domestic pets, and humans. Once these ticks find a host, they will burrow into the skin and attach themselves there in order to feed.
American brown dog ticks prefer to feed on dogs and other animals, but will settle for the blood of humans as well in order to reproduce and thrive. These ticks are known to spread diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia. Usually, a victim will become ill within a week and display symptoms such as high fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and neurological changes. If left untreated, this illness can cause harmful internal organ damage to the heart and kidneys.
Black-legged deer ticks are commonly found feeding on deer and other large animals as well as pets and humans. These ticks can illnesses like Lyme disease, one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States. This disease can cause fever, headache, fatigue, and a tell-tale bullseye rash, though only in some cases. If Lyme disease is left untreated, it can affect the heart and nervous system.
Professional tick control is the safest bet for wary home and pet owners. Witt Pest Management in the Greater Pittsburgh area can create a custom-tailored solution to effectively reduce tick populations in your yard through our tick defense service! This can greatly reduce the exposure to ticks and reduce the risk of dangerous tick-borne illnesses.
Witt Pest Management will first inspect your property to find out where ticks are most likely hidden. Then, we will apply a tick treatment application using specialized tools throughout the peak tick season which runs from April through October.
Call us at Witt Pest Management in the Greater Pittsburgh area to find out more about how we can help reduce the tick population in your yard so that you can get out and enjoy the rest of the summer!