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Tick Control

Ticks are more than just a nuisance, they carry diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more. Diseases that can affect both people and pets for a lifetime.

If you and your family like to spend time outdoors, you run the risk of encountering ticks. You could accidentally bring a tick indoors and if it ends up inside your home, an infestation can occur very quickly.

Ticks are found throughout North America but are particularly heavy in states including, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Massachusetts.

Are you worried about ticks? Don't let ticks disrupt your plans to spend time outdoors with your family. If you think that you need tick control because you’ve found ticks on your pets or family, then call the experts in tick removal available from Rentokil Steritech. Call 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online.

Tick Fact: A female tick only lays eggs once, but that one time may end up laying hundreds or even thousands of eggs, which is why an infestation can occur so easily.

Tick Removal and Prevention Service

Rentokil Steritech's tick control services focus on two things: removing the current problem and then preventing future infestations.

In addition to offering solutions that eliminate ongoing tick problems, Rentokil Steritech's tick removal experts will prevent them from returning by creating a barrier around your property.

Our experts will help remove the heavy vegetation around your home or business.

How Do Ticks Get On People?

A tick's favorite place to hide is in long grass or heavy vegetation. When a tick first hatches, it finds a small host, drinks blood, falls off, molts and then heads into its next life cycle.

Once again, it attaches to a host, drinks blood, falls off, and becomes an adult. That adult then climbs to the top of a long blade of grass, extends its front legs and begins looking for a host by waving its legs around, a method known as questing.

When a good host brushes past its blade of grass, its tiny claws latch on and the tick then spends hours crawling around on the host to find the right spot to puncture through the skin and begin drinking.

A tick has an anti-coagulant and secretes a cement-like substance to stay on there and that makes tick removal very difficult.

Tick Bites and Tick Removal

There are things that can be done to prevent ticks from latching on to you or your pets.

  • Avoid areas of long grass and heavy brush and vegetation.

  • Remove vegetation from around your property to prevent infestations.

  • Lots of smaller animals that can act as hosts like squirrels, mice, rats and other rodents, so keeping them away and getting rid of possible nesting sites for them is important. Deer can carry deer ticks which are carriers of Lyme Disease, so keep them away from your home, as well.

  • Use a bug spray containing DEET to stop ticks from finding you or your family as desirable hosts.

  • Tuck pants into boots or socks to stop ticks from latching on to your legs.

  • Wear light clothing so that ticks are easier to spot.

Despite those measures you might still end up with a tick bite. If you search yourself, your family or your pet and find that a tick has latched on, you can attempt to remove it by doing the following:

  • Use fine tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible.

  • Pull with steady force and do not twist. Leaving behind the head and mouthparts can create more potential disease problems.

  • Clean the bite mark with soap and water and keep an eye on it for a few days.

Types of Ticks

North America has a number of ticks that you might find, depending on where you live.

The most common ticks include:

    • Deer tick or black-legged tick - the most common carriers of Lyme Disease
    • American dog tick - who prefer to attach to your pet
    • Rocky Mountain Wood Tick - carriers of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
    • Gulf coast tick
    • Lone star tick
    • Brown dog tick - which can spend their entire lifecycle indoors

Tick-borne Diseases

Nearly all ticks in North America are known to carry some kind of disease, many of which can be debilitating or fatal.

Some of the illnesses borne by ticks include:

    • Lyme disease - which can cause lifelong problems
    • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - a serious bacterial infection that can be fatal
    • Tick paralysis - can cause breathing problems
    • Typhus - another potentially fatal illness
    • Colorado Tick Fever - a viral infection

Rentokil Steritech Removes and Prevents Ticks

Rid your home of ticks and prevent their return. Call us at 1-800-837-5520 or contact us online to schedule a tick control service visit.

While there are many do-it-yourself solutions on the market that claim to effectively kill and prevent ticks, your best bet for a thorough solution is to call in the pros. Ticks can be dangerous to your health, so call a professional right away to reduce the risk.

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