Tick Talk: What Everyone In Ottawa Ought To Know
July 21, 2023
Most people do not spend their days talking about ticks. This is for a good reason. Anything in life that is uncomfortable is not fun to discuss. That said, it is important that you understand these pests if you want to better enjoy your property here in Ottawa. We are going to take some time today to break down everything you need to know about the different types of ticks in Ottawa and provide some simple options to combat these pests around your yard. Call Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators Inc for information about our Ottawa pest control options. We will provide everything you need to stop these or other common yard pests.
The Life Cycle Of Ticks: A Comprehensive Overview
There is a lot that you should understand about ticks. One thing that is important that you know is how these pests grow up. All ticks start as eggs. Eggs are laid in leaf brush, furniture, carpeting, and other warm/soft spaces inside or around homes. Once hatched, larvae look for people or animals to bite. After a blood meal, larvae molt and turn into nymphs. Nymphs then find their own blood meal and molt into adults. Interestingly, adults are not nearly as dangerous as larvae, but we will talk about this more in just a bit. What you need to know is that these pests will find a way to reproduce inside your home if they get a chance to invade. The best way to stop ticks before they breed is to have some form of prevention in place.
Top Tick-Borne Diseases: Symptoms And Treatment
If there is anything you should know about ticks it is what diseases they are most likely to spread here in Ottawa. To start with this, you should first consider one thing. Different types of ticks spread different diseases. Blacklegged ticks are the main spreaders of Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. American dog ticks, on the other hand, are most commonly known for spreading tularemia locally. Common symptoms of tick-borne disease include headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and a fever. Where most tick-borne diseases are easily treatable, Lyme disease is not. The best way to treat this virus is to have the tick that bit you when you visit your doctor. We highly recommend storing all ticks you find on your body inside plastic bags in the freezer. This may seem strange, but it might save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Tick Bite Prevention: Proactive Measures For Outdoor Activities
Now that you know a bit more about the different ticks in Ottawa and the problems they cause, let’s talk about prevention. One option you have is DIY control tips. Here are some of the best options our experts recommend.
- Keep your grass trimmed short and clear out grounded leaves whenever you get the chance.
- Install a fence around your garden and yard to keep away tick-carrying wildlife.
- Make sure your home’s exterior is properly sealed and that your windows and doors are in good working order.
For more help preventing or eliminating ticks, bring in our team at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators.
Expert Tick Control Services: Keeping Your Property Tick-Free
Whether you are looking for help with tick identification or are seeking a way to get these pests out of your home, we have options for you at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators Inc. We even offer great treatments to drastically reduce tick populations on your property.
Get in touch with Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators Inc today and find out more about our dedicated tick control and find a service that works for you and your Ottawa home and property.