04 Sep Island Pest Control’s Tips for Dealing with Local Area Ticks
Did you know that ticks aren’t insects? They’re actually a parasitic type of arachnid. In other words, ticks are basically blood-sucking spiders. This is one pest you should try to avoid as much as possible, and call a SC tick control expert if your home or yard needs treatment.
What Dangerous Ticks Are Found in South Carolina?
In our SC tick control business, we mostly see wood ticks (also called the American dog tick), deer ticks, brown dog ticks, and the lone star tick.
Lyme disease can be transmitted by wood ticks and deer ticks. Other illnesses that can be spread by just about any kind of tick include STARI (Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness), Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, and spotted fever.
How to Keep Ticks Out of the Yard
Tick entomologists and pest control experts agree: it’s better to prevent tick exposure than deal with the consequences. Bites usually occur when people or dogs go into wooded areas, or upon returning home with a tick stuck in clothing or fur.
When entering a wooded area:
• Wear long sleeved shirts and pants
• Tuck pants into socks or boots
• Wear a hat
• Put away long hair if possible
• Spray clothes with a tick repellant
• Put tick collars on dogs
After coming home:
• Check clothes for ticks, especially below the knee
• Ask someone to inspect anywhere you can’t see
• Brush dogs and look for ticks, especially along their back and neck
Hilton Head Tick Control
Indoor pest control treatments may be needed for brown dog tick infestations. Our SC tick control experts can help with outdoor pest treatments to rid your property of ticks and keep them away. We may recommend trimming plants around the yard if they appear to be attracting ticks.
Island Pest Control has a staff entomologist, and all of our technicians are certified professionals. Contact us today for more info about our Hilton Head, SC tick control services.