The Best Advice You Can Hear About Ticks In Wilmington

June 17, 2020

If you’re someone who likes to spend time outside, you are probably aware of the dangers of ticks. These pests can be brought inside when people have been spending time doing activities like camping or hiking. They attach themselves to a host and can be carried around for many days.

a deer tick crawling on a leaf

The fact that ticks attach to a human or animal and then hitch a ride while they suck their blood is disturbing. They are parasitic creatures that need a host in order to live. In Wilmington, North Carolina, there are a few different species of ticks that are common. Each of these ticks has slightly different behaviors and looks different. Here is what you should know about them:

  • American dog tick: This is a slower-moving tick that isn’t very aggressive. Only the adults feed on humans. They have a mottled brown appearance.

  • Lone-star tick: This is one of the more aggressive species of tick that will feed on almost anything. They are reddish-brown and the females have a white spot on their backs.

  • Deer (black-legged) tick: These are quite small, slow-moving, and aren’t aggressive. They have dark brown to black upper bodies with red oval-shaped coloring on their lower abdomens.

  • Brown dog tick: These ticks lay their eggs in areas next to where dogs sleep. They are the most common type of ticks, worldwide. They are mostly found on dog bedding and around dogs.

Tick Bites and Diseases

Fortunately, most tick bites won’t result in getting a disease, but there are some ticks that carry serious pathogens. Here are some of the pathogens that ticks carry:

  • Lone-star ticks carry a bacteria that causes a red meat allergy.

  • Lyme disease is commonly associated with ticks and is often carried by deer ticks.

  • Some dog ticks can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

  • Some people might be allergic to ticks and the bacteria they carry.

It’s important to know what a tick bite looks like and feels like. Generally, the bites result in a small, red bump that might look like a mosquito bite. But, if the tick is still attached to you, it will be more obvious what the issue is. While most tick bites won’t result in a serious problem, there are some signs to watch out for when it comes to Lyme disease, such as:

  • Painful joints and muscles

  • Stiff joints

  • Headaches

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • A rash in a bullseye pattern.

If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention right away from a healthcare professional.

How To Prevent Ticks

There are some things you can do to help prevent ticks, but this doesn’t mean you can completely ensure you won’t ever get bitten by one. Here are some things you can do:

  • When outdoors in wilderness areas, wear long pants and shirts.

  • If your pet is outside often, make sure they have tick prevention.

  • Avoid areas full of brush and vegetation when outdoors.

  • Keep your yard groomed with less brush-filled areas.

  • Mow your lawn often. 

  • Consider a large fence to keep wildlife that carries ticks off your property.

  • Store pet food properly to deter wildlife.

Protecting Your Family and Pets From Ticks

The best way to get help with ticks is to contact the professional pest control experts at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. With over 20 years of experience, we can help you with prevention for ticks and other pests, and we also provide services that will eliminate ticks from your property. Reach out to us today for details.

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