Tick Talk: Effective Prevention And Control Strategies For Your Florence Property

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Ticks may be small, but they are one of the most challenging pests to keep away from Florence, Kentucky, properties. Being proactive is essential when it comes to ticks. The best way to maintain your yard, stop ticks from overtaking it, and prevent their unpleasant bites is to partner with a local pest control expert. While several DIY tick prevention treatments are on the market, the surefire way to control and prevent ticks is to partner with a pest control professional. If you are ever concerned about ticks in your yard, the professionals at Pest Guard Exterminating offer effective home pest control in Florence.

An Introduction To Ticks: Understanding The Basics

Learning about ticks, their behaviors, and feeding habits is key to helping control these pests. The more you understand about these arachnids, the easier it will be to make your property less attractive to them. 

Ticks and other types of arachnids lack wings and antennae. Adult ticks have two body segments and eight legs. The sole source of nutrition for ticks comes from the blood of warm-blooded animals. Some of their most common hosts include rodents, deer, raccoons, skunks, dogs, cats, and people. Wild animals and neighborhood pets moving to and from your property is the most common way ticks find their way to our Kentucky backyards. 

The size and shape of ticks in Florence will vary by species, but in general, ticks are small with an oval body. They are usually black, brown, or reddish-brown; some may have distinctive markings. Because of their small size, if you ever have a question about what type of ticks has bitten you, always reach out to an experienced pest control professional. 

The Dangers Of Tick-Borne Diseases: Risks And Symptoms

Throughout their lives, ticks feed on the blood of many different hosts. As they feed, they acquire and spread various disease-causing pathogens. When ticks are introduced into our backyards and conditions are right for them to expand their populations, they put you, your kids, and your pets at risk. Some of the most common diseases caused by ticks in Kentucky include:

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

  • Lyme disease

  • Ehrlichiosis

  • Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI)

  • Tularemia

Implement routine pest control services to keep you, your family, and your pets safe from ticks. Professionals understand tick behaviors and which tick treatments are most effective. 

Tick Prevention: Remedy Factors That Attract Ticks To Your Property

Ticks are outdoor pests that primarily find their way to our properties by hitchhiking. The following prevention tips will help to make your property less appealing to ticks and their hosts:

  • Keep your lawn’s grass cut short, especially along the edges of your property, walkways, and fenceline.

  • Limit damp, dark hiding spots that ticks can take advantage of by raking up fallen leaves, pruning bushes, and removing piles of yard debris.

  • If possible, install fencing around your property to keep wild animals and stray pets out.

  • Keep lids on trash cans, pick up uneaten pet food, and remove bird feeders that can attract rodents and other wildlife to your property. 

  • If you own pets, place them on a year-round tick preventative.

Contact us today for more information about tick prevention.

Professional Tick Control Services: Stress-Free And Effective

Ticks are frustrating pests to deal with because they are constantly being introduced onto our properties by wildlife and pets. Implementing regular pest inspections and control services is the best way to eliminate your current tick infestation and prevent a re-infestation. Here at Pest Guard Exterminating, we are committed to our customers and ensuring we solve their pest problems with the help of our high-quality pest control services. If you are ready to learn more about pest control in Florence, please call us today. We are your local pest control experts!

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