Many local residents enjoy hiking and outdoor activities while the weather is warm. Unfortunately, opportunistic ticks also favor warm temperatures. You can easily pick up ticks in your own yard, on a hiking trail or while riding a horse through tall brush. Ticks wait on the blades of grass or on leaves until a host brushes against it, and then they look for a place to bite. Ticks feed on blood and will become engorged if they are not discovered and removed quickly.
Tick Bite Identification
If a tick bites and does not latch on, it will be difficult to determine what type of tick bit you. Tick bites may appear red and may also itch. If you have been bitten by a tick and could not find it for identification, seek medical help. When a tick bites and latches on, it buries its head under your skin to feed. It is important to safely remove the tick for proper identification.
The CDC recommends using tweezers to remove a tick. Place the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight upward with firm pressure. Do not pull to the side since this could leave the tick's head under your skin. Save the tick for identification. If you cannot safely remove the tick, see a doctor immediately. Do not try to burn the pest or apply any toxic substance to its body.
Types Of Ticks In The Area
Although there are many types of ticks, only some bite humans. These pests can be carriers of serious diseases such as Powassan disease and Lyme disease. Powassan disease leads to encephalitis and is deadlier than Lyme disease, which can cause permanent cognitive damage as well as a wide array of physical ailments. These are the most common types of ticks found in the Northeast:
- American dog tick
- Blacklegged tick
- Brown dog tick
- Lone star tick
How To Prevent Tick Bites
If you have tall grass or shrubbery on your property, you are at risk for a tick infestation. You can reduce your risks with professional tick control. While this will keep you safe on your property, you must still take precautions when you enjoy hiking, horseback riding or other outdoor activities. Be sure to check yourself carefully when you get home, and wear bug repellent with at least 40 percent DEET to discourage ticks from biting.
For professional tick control services, choose Lethal Pest Solutions. We can quickly eliminate tick populations and help you prevent them from returning. Please call us for a free estimate. We serve New Jersey, Pennsylvania and parts of Delaware.