Milder Tulsa Winters Means More Ticks

February 14, 2020

Many people assume that ticks die off in the winter or go dormant like some other pests. In fact, ticks are able to survive the colder months, and some remain quite active. So just because it’s getting cold outside doesn’t mean it’s time to let our guards down. Read on for more information about the risks ticks can pose and what you can do as a homeowner to stay safe from them.

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Overview: Ticks

Ticks are notorious purveyors of disease because they gorge themselves on the blood of their hosts. Feeding on numerous animals means they are spreading the pathogens from one host to the next. In other words, ticks aren’t just gross, they are potentially hazardous to the health of people and household pets.

Sicknesses Ticks Can Spread

The most notorious bacteria that ticks are known for spreading is Lyme disease, but they can actually transmit many types of bacterial infections and parasites like Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and more. Lyme disease can be serious if left untreated. It comes on with a rash, high fever, and joint pain, and can attack the central nervous system or circulatory system in serious cases. Black-legged ticks, also called Deer ticks, are the primary carriers of Lyme disease and are particularly resistant to the cold.

How Ticks Spread Year-round

While the time of the greatest risk of infection for humans is in the spring and summer, the fact that ticks can remain active during the winter means they can also pose a direct risk to humans and pets during that time. In warm months, ticks are outdoors, clinging to big animals like deer and coyotes. But when the outdoor temperature drops, ticks are more prone to finding ways indoors by latching onto animals that get let into the house, for instance.
 
Ticks can’t fly or leap like other bugs, so they wait on grass or bushes for people or animals to brush by and then they cling to clothing or fur. Once they find their way to the skin to latch on and gorge, the real health concerns begin. They can not only spread diseases, but bites can get infected.

Prevention Tips

Since humans are most at risk of contact while outside, it’s key to take preventative measures when doing yard work or going hiking and camping. There are some things you can do to reduce points of contact for ticks:

  • Check pets and children frequently after coming in from outdoors. Use a fine-toothed comb and be thorough. 

  • Treat clothing with repellent. Solutions with traces of permethrin will help ward off ticks.

  • Treat holes in clothing. Use those sewing skills, or use tape, to close up rips and holes in clothing so ticks don’t have an access point.

  • Keep bushes and hedges trimmed back. Keeping vegetation away from the home, particularly near windows and doors, will prevent rodents that might be carrying ticks, and bugs of all kinds, from easy access.

Turn To Professional Help For Peace of Mind

While these steps can help, ticks are tiny pests that can hide in the deepest hairs or skin folds. Most bite prevention or personal care tips don’t account for how ticks can get in the home by hitching a ride on other animals that seek shelter from the cold, like rodents. That’s why the best course of action is to enlist the help of thorough professionals. With our residential and commercial services, Dandi Guaranty provides superior pest extermination and prevention.

Inspections are free and our services are backed by warranties. Turn to Dandi at the first signs of a tick infestation. 

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