Oklahoma City's Handy Guide To Tick Control
June 24, 2021
There is arguably no other pest that causes more problems than ticks do for the residents of Oklahoma. Ticks are small arachnids and feed on blood to survive. In fairness, other pests do this too, but it's the long-term effects a tick bite can cause that truly make them dread worthy. The most common species in Oklahoma are:
- Lone Star Ticks: This tick is common in the southern and eastern United States. The female can grow up to 4 mm in length and has a brown body. The male is smaller but no less of a concern. However, the female is the more aggressive of the two when it comes to feeding. This species of tick is known to transmit STARI, which causes an allergic reaction to red meat.
- Black-legged Ticks: Growing to about 5 mm in length, this tick is black and is most active during the spring and summer. However, they will also maintain activity in the winter if the temperature is mild enough. This tick is known to spread Lyme disease, which is manageable when caught early enough with treatment. Failure to get prompt treatment can lead to lifelong health complications.
- American Dog Ticks: This tick is brown and has gray markings on its back and grows to about 5 mm in size. As its name implies, this one targets animals but will also bite humans. The American dog tick is known to transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
How Do They Move
Ticks don't get inside your home on their own. Instead, they are similar to bed bugs in the sense they hitchhike. Only instead of clinging to luggage or car seats, they cling to other animals like your pet or rodents. That's why tick control for your yard is so important to maintain.
When not attached to a host, ticks love to hang around in areas such as untreated yards, forests, woods, and other examples of nature. The wilder the area, the more likely they are to find hosts running around. While ticks can and will travel across the body, they do prefer the more warm and moist locations on your body. Pay special attention to the armpits, groin, or scalp when checking for ticks on your body.
Protect Your Property
Controlling an existing tick infestation is nearly impossible since they're tiny and can reproduce rapidly. However, prevention is much more doable. Make sure to stick to the following prevention measures to have a chance:
- Mow The Lawn: Ticks need tall vegetation to thrive. For this reason, it's vital to keep the grass mowed short. Also, make sure to control the shrubbery.
- Treat The Yard: If you live close to the woods or other untamed areas, you likely need to treat your property to remain protected. With pesticides, you should only one or two applications.
- Rodent Prevention: Rodents are bad enough, but they also carry ticks. By preventing a rodent infestation, you're also preventing a tick infestation. This is a win-win.
- Pet Control: For those with pets, it's crucial to maintain regular flea and tick treatments to ensure your pet doesn't bring ticks into the house.
Prevent Ticks With Dandi Guaranty
Ticks cause a lot of problems and make life feel like one constant drag. At Dandi Guaranty, we understand that which is why we're there for our customers to eliminate and control your tick population so you can live easy. Do you suspect a tick problem? Then give our team at Dandi Guaranty a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest prevention services or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.