Ticks – Unfortunately, you can also run into ticks right in your own backyard

Most people think of ticks as outdoor nuisances that only cause problems if a person has adventured out in the woods. Unfortunately, you can also run into ticks right in your own Freehold, NJ backyard. If you’ve found ticks on your body or on the body of someone else in your household, but you weren’t in an area known for ticks, you may have an infestation on your property.

Tick Identification

Ticks are arachnids, like spiders or mites. They have two body segments and eight legs. Ticks are generally quite small, measuring less than 3 mm, and can be identified by their brownish round bodies. Ticks also have pronounced mouths, which they use to cut through the skin and feed on the blood of their hosts.

As parasites, they rely solely on a host to survive, meaning you’ll most likely see them attached to your skin. If you find a tick on your body, your child’s body, or your pet’s body, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to carefully pull the tick away from the skin. Try to avoid breaking off the mouth. If you can’t get the mouth parts free with the body, pick them out individually and then thoroughly wash the area.

Problems With Ticks

Since ticks rely on blood to survive, they carry and transmit dangerous diseases between hosts. They are vectors for pathogens that cause illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In addition to the risk of disease, having a tick attach itself to you can be painful and irritating. And the more ticks in a given area, the higher your risk of getting bit and getting sick.

Ticks Pest Control

You shouldn’t have to avoid going into your own backyard because you’re worried about getting bitten by a tick. If you live near Flanders, NJ or Somerville, NJ and think you may have a tick infestation on your hands, call Cavanaugh’s Pest Control.  We can treat your lawn to exterminate the pests and offer tips for how to keep them from coming back.

Contact the office nearest you to take advantage of our experience with ticks control.