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Common Tick-Related Illnesses

June 21, 2017

There are many diseases that can be passed from ticks to humans. The most well-known tick-related disease in the U.S. is Lyme disease, which is primarily spread by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) throughout the northeastern United States, and by the Pacific blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) along the Pacific coastline. But, it is only one of many common illnesses spread by ticks. These insects are linked to ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, relapsing fever, babesiosis, tularemia, and specific illnesses such as Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Heartland virus, and Colorado tick fever. If you are concerned about finding a tick on you, you have good reason to be. Here are a few things everyone should know about ticks:

Important Tick Facts

  • Not every tick is infected. Ticks are not born with these illnesses. They contract them from mammals.

  • Some illnesses require a tick to be attached for several hours before it can pass from the tick to a human.

  • Ticks can be very tiny. The blacklegged tick can be a mere 1 mm.

  • Tick larvae have only six legs, and can be confused with insects.

  • A single field mouse can have as many as 100 ticks in its fur. If you have rodents in your home, you may get a secondary infestation of ticks, fleas, mites, or lice.

Important Tick Prevention Tips

  • Spraying insect repellent on your pant legs can help you avoid tick bites.

  • Inspecting for ticks when you, your children, or your pets come in from the outside is vital. You will need to inspect closely. As mentioned above, ticks can be very small. It is also important to train children to check themselves.

  • Ticks prefer to climb into our hair to feed. And, since ticks do not fall from trees, the only way they're going to get into our hair is if they climb up our bodies. That is why it is important to wear bright colored clothing when walking around in nature, especially in tall grass.

Important Tick Control

Ongoing pest service has two major benefits, in regards to tick-borne illnesses. Pest management in your yard will reduce ticks directly, and pest protocols applied to your exterior walls and foundation will resist rodent infestation and a secondary infestation of ticks. Ongoing pest control also works to deal with a tick infestation that finds its way into you home on a pet or a person.

If you do not have service in place for your South Florida home, let Nozzle Nolen help. We've been protecting homes and Businesses since 1951. We use pet-friendly products and green solutions that work to resist a wide range of invasive pests that can raise health concerns for you, your family, and your pets. Contact us today to get started.


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