Don’t Get Ticked Off this Summer

Don’t Get Ticked Off this Summer

As warm weather comes rolling in, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are buzzing along with it! While mosquitoes tend to steal the summer spotlight, ticks remain equally relevant, troublesome and potentially dangerous. Technically classified as arachnids, ticks latch onto hosts – dogs and humans alike – by biting and attaching themselves in order to feed. They typically settle in densely wooded, brushy or grassy areas. This means the foliage in your backyard may be home to some unwanted guests, so ensure you’re keeping your lawn cut short and shrubs trimmed back.

Focus on Fido

Our beloved pets, especially dogs, are common targets for ticks. Pet owners should pay special attention to their four-legged friends, as they are often venturing off into bushes around the perimeter of the yard, exploring hidden trails, or just playing in the great outdoors. As dogs are highly prone to tick bites, it can be concerning to let them outside. Additionally, there is a high likelihood of them bringing ticks into your home. To prevent this, make sure to examine your dog in vulnerable places like the eyelids, ears, armpits, between toes and under the collar for ticks as soon as they return from playing outside. You can also use tick medicines and repellents found at your local pet store which can be applied to dog and cat fur. To protect your furry friends this summer, ask your local veterinarian about preventative medications. They can let you know the best course of action, keeping in mind any allergies or restrictions specific to your pet.

Tick Removal

In the event that you are bitten by a tick, don’t panic. Remove it as swiftly and leanly as possible. Use tweezers to pull the tick from the skin – it’s incredibly crucial that the mouth parts do not detach from the tick. Once the tick has been safely dislodged, place it in a sealed container. Don’t crush it with your fingers and don’t assume it’s dead!

Diseases

Tick bites can transmit illnesses and cause medical consequences. These bites may result in illnesses such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), active in both humans and animals. What symptoms appear?

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Rash onset
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and muscle or joint pain.

These may not seem serious, but if you have been bitten recently, be aware of any bodily issues as they may be a sign of tick-borne illness.

Asian Longhorned Tick

A new kind of tick has recently been spotted in the United States. Though not usually found in the Western Hemisphere, the Asian longhorned tick has made its way stateside and has been identified in Kentucky, Connecticut, West Virginia, Arkansas, New York, and more. Female Asian longhorned ticks can reproduce without mating, so populations have the potential to increase rapidly. Not much is known about these critters yet, but the same tick precautions should be followed.

Let Mosquito Joe of Cincinnati-NKY be your first line of defense against ticks. Protect your entire family, furry loved ones included, from tick bites and possible illnesses. Make this summer memorable for all the right reasons by contacting us today at (513) 813-1510 or eastcincinnati@mosquitojoe.com.

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