The warm weather of summer is just around the corner which means that you will most likely be spending a lot more time outside, maybe even taking a few weekend trips to enjoy a dip in the lake. Unfortunately, with summer outings comes the threat of ticks, tick bites, and Lyme disease. The Witt Pest Control professionals want to make sure that you and your family understand these pests, how to protect yourselves against them, and what the signs of Lyme disease are.
Ticks are an external parasitic pest that generally feeds on the blood of non-domesticated animals like deer, fox, raccoons, etc. The blacklegged tick, or deer tick as it is commonly known, is a very small species of tick that carries and transmits Lyme disease. They become problematic for people and pets when they are either introduced onto your property by wild animals, or when we come into contact with them while spending time in outdoor areas that are heavily wooded or overgrown with tall grasses and shrubs.
Prevention tips to protect you, your family and pets against ticks include:
When spending time outdoors wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, and closed toed shoes.
Use insect repellent when outdoors in areas that may be infested with ticks.
Before coming indoors inspect yourself and pets; shake out your clothing and immediately throw it into your washer.
If you have a lawn space at your home make sure that it is trimmed short and not allowed to become overgrown.
Make sure pets that spend any amount of time outdoors are treated with a tick preventative under the guidance of your veterinarian.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include:
Infection of joints, heart, nervous system
Lyme disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if caught sooner than later. If you notice any signs of Lyme disease you should immediately seek medical attention. For help with problems with ticks or other pests, contact the Pittsburgh pest control experts at Witt Pest Management today. We provide pest control services for homes that will eliminate current problems you are having with pests and then provide you with control services to keep your home pest free throughout the rest of the year!