Worrying about getting bit by a tick every time you go outside is no way to live. However, it’s something that should always be in the back of your mind, especially when you’re out and about enjoying nature this summer. Tick infestations can be found everywhere — even in your own yard! But what actually causes a tick infestation?
Causes of Tick Infestations
- Vegetation – Ticks are mostly found in heavily wooded areas and any place where there are bushes, large plants, and long grass. These blood-sucking pests will take shelter here and attach themselves to any warm-blooded host that comes walking by. Common hosts include deer, rodents, pets, and of course — you!
- Temperatures – Spring and summer are seasons in which ticks are very active. They love warm, moist temperatures which explains why they are commonly found in the armpit and groin areas on most hosts.
- Living Conditions – If there’s one thing ticks do not like, it’s direct sunlight. This is why ticks will hide in large, bushy areas. You can also find them hiding out in other shady areas of your lawn like woodpiles, plants bordering the house, etc.
- Pets – Pets that play in the yard or go outside to relieve themselves are most prone to being bit by ticks. Once a tick has latched onto your pet, they will stay there for days as they feed. One they are finished feeding, they will detach themselves and look for shelter elsewhere in your home.
How to Manage a Tick Infestation
- Keep your lawn and property well-maintained by routinely mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and shrubs, and ensuring there is no debris present.
- Stack any firewood neatly away from the house by at least 20 feet.
- Inspect your pets (and yourself) any time they go into the yard or near any heavily wooded areas.
- Vacuum and clean your home regularly to remove any ticks and larvae that may have entered your home via your pet or yourself.
- Contact your local pest control company when tick infestations are present on your property or inside of your home.
Ticks are blood-sucking, disease carrying pests that can easily be present in and around your home — so it’s up to you to keep them away! When your home or property becomes infested with ticks, contact Knockout Pest Control. To learn more or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.