Don't Let Bugs Be a Pest

May 7, 2018 12:32 PM

Flea and tick infestations are not exclusive to dog and cat owners. These pesky parasites are equal-opportunity offenders that want to latch onto you and feed on your blood. These pests live outdoors, so this is where they sneak onto your clothing and eventually come inside with you as they make their way to your skin. Ticks are present year-round, but are most plentiful in summer and can spread Lyme disease and other diseases. Fleas are most prevalent in August and September. These tiny pests leave pesky bites as well as a trail of debris that causes an allergic reaction to humans and pets, both of which result in unpleasant itching. Both pests are resilient creatures, so flea and tick control is often a challenge.

Keep Ticks Off Your Pets This Summer
Ticks and the diseases they carry present a danger to you as well as your pets. This summer, when you’re spending more time outside, don’t worry about ticks biting your four-legged pals. Instead, take action to reduce their chances of being bitten.

Pest Repellent
There are a number of products on the market designed to keep ticks from biting your pets. The most popular products require monthly applications that involve putting a preventative solution on the skin at the back of your pet’s neck. Follow the directions on the package to ensure a safe treatment for you and your pet.

Perform Regular Inspections
After your pet has been outside, comb through your its fur to find any ticks that might have latched on. You should also part the fur in order to examine the skin. Pay special attention to the ears, behind the legs, and the head.

Fur Control
Check your local pet store for tick-repellant collars and special tick-preventative shampoos. Be sure to carefully follow the directions on the packaging for both products.

Keep Vegetation Under Control
Tall grass, weeds, and bushy areas are popular hiding spots and breeding grounds for ticks. If you can, keep your pets out of these types of environments. Mow the grass on your lawn as short as you can without harming it.

Keep Your Pet Groomed
Long fur is easier for a tick to latch onto. If your pet has fur that can be shaved short, then do it. This also helps them deal with the summer heat. If your pet already has a shorter coat, keep it trimmed as close as possible to prevent sneaky hitchhiking pests from taking up residence on your pet.

How to Remove A Tick From Your Pet
Ticks exist year-round, but they have shown to be most prevalent in spring and summer since this is when dogs and cats spend the most time outside. Here’s how to properly — and safely — remove a tick from your pet.

How to Remove a Tick

  • Wear a pair of rubber gloves to avoid contracting tick-borne illnesses.
  • Part the pet’s fur where the tick is and use a pair of tweezers or a tick remover to grab the tick by the head. Avoid using the tweezers on the body, because this can release the fluids the tick contains.
  • Pull the tick out from the skin in a smooth, steady motion without twisting. Removing the body is the most important task. The head rarely stays in, but is not cause for alarm if it does.
  • Contrary to popular belief, flushing ticks down the toilet does not kill them; they have air sacs that enable them to survive in water. Instead, kill the tick by placing it into a container filled with isopropyl alcohol after removing it. This is a vital step in case the tick is a female with eggs inside of her.
  • Clean the skin around the bite with an antiseptic disinfectant and a dab of antibiotic ointment. Hydrocortisone spray is useful if a welt or irritation develops.
  • If you weren’t able to wear rubber gloves during the process, wash your hands with soapy warm water.
  • Now’s the fun part! Give your pet a treat for being patient during the removal process.

What Not to Do
Myths abound regarding tick removal, so always avoid using petroleum jelly, nail polish, hot matches, alcohol, aerosol-based freezing gel, or just your fingers when removing a tick.

Lyme Disease Symptoms and Prevention

How to recognize the signs and keep from contracting it
Lyme disease is mostly transmitted to humans through a deer tick bite. The symptoms vary in severity and can include anything from a rash to various neurological disorders. Because of this, early detection is imperative. Read on to learn more about symptoms and prevention of Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease Symptoms
The bull’s eye: the symptom most commonly attributed to Lyme is a rash that appears as a red circle around the normal-colored site of the bite. Unfortunately, this tell-tale rash does not always fit this description. It varies in color and shapes with every person and many bite victims don’t develop the rash at all.

  • Flu symptoms: another tricky indication of Lyme disease can be easily misdiagnosed or confused with the flu. These signs usually appear a few days to a few weeks after the bite takes place. Some of these symptoms include fever and/or chills, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, muscular achiness, blurred vision, sore throat, and headache.
  • Long-term signs: if left undiagnosed, Lyme disease shows up in a number of ways. It can take up to a year for certain symptoms to make themselves known. Some of these indicators include numbness in the extremities, achy joints (resembling arthritis), migraines, heart irregularities, memory loss, mood swings, sleep disruption, loss of mental focus, and depression.

Lyme Disease Prevention

  • Perform regular tick checks on yourself, your family, and pets after spending time outside. Do this by scanning your body and using tweezers to remove ticks before they get the chance to bite you.
  • Wear protective clothing that covers your limbs when outdoors. Long pants, long sleeves, and high socks keep ticks from getting to your exposed skin.
  • Because ticks like to hide in overgrown vegetation, it’s helpful to trim back shrubs, cut grass low, and clear lawn debris so you can eliminate their hiding places.
  • Apply an insect repellent containing DEET before going outside.

Since 1999, Resolution Pest has been providing premium pest control in and around the Philadelphia area. Our local, family-owned company prides itself on its extensive pest knowledge, exceptional service, and effective pest prevention treatments. Our resolution is to keep your home and business pest-free and your family and employees safe.

Resolution Pest provides pest control services in southeastern Pennsylvania. Please contact us if you have a question about your account or other general inquiries.

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295 E Swedesford Rd #255
Wayne, PA 19087

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