What Are the Signs of a Tick Bite?

Do you enjoy camping, hiking, or just lounging around in your own back yard? Whatever your pleasure, there's something enticing about the great outdoors. Unfortunately, these simple pleasures are also ones that can put you in contact with ticks, small parasites in the arachnid family capable of transmitting the serious disease to you and your pets. If you're concerned about ticks infiltrating your back yard or, worse, infesting your home, B & B Exterminating can offer a slew of solutions for pest control.

How Do I Know I've Been Bitten By a Tick?

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, ticks transmit a number of different diseases, but several of these diseases share common symptoms. These include red spots or rashes near the location of the bite, headache, fatigue, nausea, and pain in the muscles or joints. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don't delay! Consult with your doctor immediately. Many tick borne illnesses can be treated with antibiotics, but left unaddressed can lead to serious illness and even death.

Tick Bite Prevention

The best way to treat a tick bite is, of course, not to get one in the first place. If you love spending time in the woods, employ good tick bite prevention practices such as applying insecticide before venturing out. Treat your clothing, boots and hiking gear with permethrin, an effective synthetic insecticide. If you can, check yourself for ticks before heading home. And once home, get in the shower immediately and give your body a thorough inspection. Be sure to get your clothes in the wash right away, too.

Two common species of ticks include the American Dog Tick and the Brown Dog Tick, and, as the name suggests, they take special aim for dogs. If you like to bring your dog along as a hiking companion, or if he just enjoys sniffing around the yard, be sure to check him over too. You don't want your dog to get a tick bite, nor bring them in the house. 

Ticks don't just thrive in the woods, but also in high grasses and brush. Therefore, good pest control practices should also extend to your own back yard. Keep your lawn cut short and free of leaf litter. Add a gravel or wood chip barrier between your lawn and wooded areas. Trim back brush and bushes. These steps don't just make your lawn look attractive, they are also great tick bite prevention practices. 

If and When You Need to Call a Pro

If you and your pets love the outdoors, it's often inevitable that the outdoors may end up coming inside your home. If you find a tick in the carpet or on furniture, thoroughly vacuum and clean. Discard your vacuum bag in the outside trash. However, if you feel your home may have become infested with ticks, or any other undesirable pests, contact us today. At B & B Exterminating, we are here to help.