What Wilmington Property Owners Should Know About Ticks
August 5, 2020
If you have any experience with ticks, then you know what it is like to stand in front of a mirror, checking every inch of your skin after spending time outdoors. For most people, inspecting themselves for ticks is routine. What if we told you, there was something you could do to make sure you never had to check yourself for ticks again after spending time outside in your own yard? Would you want to know what it was? To help you combat ticks around your Wilmington property, here is everything you need to know.
Common Ticks Around Wilmington
North Carolina is home to a number of different tick species, most common are the American dog tick, the brown dog tick, the lone star tick, and the black-legged tick. Of these four common species, some features are different such as color and body shape, but many things remain the same. In general, all ticks have eight legs, round to oval-shaped bodies, and mouthparts at the front of their head that can be used to latch on and draw blood from beneath the skin. When fed, ticks can grow to be upwards of five times their usual size. Fortunately, ticks are not like fleas that leave their hosts after they have finished with their meal.
Are Ticks Dangerous?
Most creatures that drink blood from many different sources are dangerous. Ticks are no exception. Just like mosquitoes, ticks can carry and transmit a number of different harmful illnesses. One common sickness vector ticks carry is a pathogen called Borrelia burgdorferi, the primary cause for Lyme disease. If you didn’t know, Lyme disease is a multi-faceted illness that can affect different individuals in different ways. Early symptoms for Lyme disease include redness around the bite zone, fever, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle, and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Over time, more serious symptoms such as severe headaches, EM rashes, arthritis, neck stiffness, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, intermittent pain in tendons, joints, muscles, and bones, dizziness, shortness of breath, inflammation of the spinal cord and brain, shooting pains, numbness, tingling, and nerve pain, can occur.
One of the biggest problems with Lyme disease is that it is almost untreatable without the vector that caused it. That is to say if you don’t keep the tick that gave it to you, finding relief from symptoms is near to impossible. If you ever find a tick on your body, safely remove it and store it in a plastic bag in the freezer. This way you can bring it to the doctor for testing if any symptoms arise.
Some Ways To Reduce Tick Populations
Unless the entire world works together, ticks will always be an issue out in nature. This does not mean, however, that they have to be a problem on your property. With a little effort and care, you can make your yard and landscaping less inviting to these potentially dangerous pests. Here is how.
- Keep your grass cut short and your trees, hedges, and shrubs well-trimmed.
- If your property is regularly frequented by wildlife, consider building a fence around it, or investing in other forms of wildlife repellant.
- Remove organic litter from your yard.
- Create a three-foot-wide barrier of gravel or wood chips between wooded areas and your lawn.
- Be careful to keep playground equipment, patios, and decks away from the edges of your lawn and tree line.
- Remove used furniture, box springs, mattresses, and other trash from your yard and property.
- Invest in high-quality tick control.
When it comes to keeping ticks off of Wilmington properties, no-one is better suited for the task than Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We have the tools and experience needed to quickly and effectively get your property the protection it needs.
Reach out to us today to find out more.