What Attracts Ticks to My Maryland and Virginia Home?
The most important reason ticks need to find a host is higher ground, which is why you’re more likely to be bitten by a tick after walking through the woods or an unkept field or yard. If your property backs up to a heavily wooded area or you don’t mow your lawn often, you’re much more likely to track ticks into your home.
Signs of a Tick Infestation
Unlike cockroaches or ants, ticks have no need to come into your home in search of a host—they can live without a host for up to a year, after all. It’s more likely that you, your pet, or someone in your family will be bitten and bring them into the house that way. If you’re often removing ticks from yourself or your family after spending time in your yard, your property is likely an ideal playground for these bloodsuckers.
Are Ticks Dangerous?
Seeing a tick doesn’t put you in immediate danger, but finding a tick on you or a family member can spell trouble because of the number of diseases they carry. Among the most common tick-borne diseases is Lyme disease. According to the CDC, they receive approximately 30,000 reporting cases of Lyme disease, but it is estimated that about 476,000 get Lyme disease every year.
Other tick-borne illnesses include:
- Alpha-gal syndrome. This disease is primarily transmitted by the Lone Star tick. The infected person develops an allergy to red meat after being bitten by a Lone Star tick.
- Tularemia. A zoonotic disease that can affect dogs and humans but cannot be spread from person to person.
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A disease typically transmitted by the American dog tick.
If you or a member of your family finds a tick on them, carefully remove it and tape the tick to a notecard with information about where on the body the tick was found and when it was removed. This will allow you to properly monitor symptoms and even get the tick tested for these tick-borne diseases.
Keep Ticks Away From Your Maryland and Virginia Home
Ticks don’t have much interest in coming inside, but they will linger around your home if your property is really woody. You can prevent the number of ticks you and your family bring into the house by keeping your lawn cut and all branches trimmed back since ticks will climb to higher points in search of a host.
If you’re spending time hiking or in an area where ticks may be present, try to stay on the hiking tray if possible, and wear long socks, pants, and long-sleeved clothing. Lighter-color clothing will also allow you to better see if a tick is crawling on you. Lastly, using a DEET bug spray will help keep ticks away as well.
Schedule Tick Control Services With Frontline Pest Today
Because ticks aren’t interested in infiltrating your home, it’s easy to write them off as a pest of least concern, but if you find your family or your pets are bringing in ticks on a daily basis, it might be time to call in the pest control specialists at Frontline Pest. We’ll find where vampiric pests are hiding and treat the property to keep ticks from feasting on you or your family. If ticks are plaguing your Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Tennessee home, give us a call or request your free quote online today.