Indoor Ticks

About Ticks:

Ticks are small 8-legged pests in the arachnid family. Ticks are typically found feeding on their host, (animals, and sometimes humans). Ticks may transfer disease to your pets; however, your pets cannot transfer that to you. Only direct contact with the tick may cause disease spread. On human skin it is localized red and itchy. Most ticks develop outside and are transported indoors on their host, only the Brown Dog Tick is able to complete its full life cycle indoors. Ticks are blood-suckers, relying on their host to live.

If you are experiencing a large Tick issue in your home, it is more than likely a Brown Dog Tick. Brown Dog Ticks receive their name, as they favor dogs in the U.S., Other parts of the world and even southern states, they are found often on Rodents and Deer. While this is true, nymphs can be found on humans, and adults typically on animals hosts. You will not see a large tick infestation without a dog present, yet removing the dog once infested in the home, will only switch the carrier. You should consult a Pest Control Exterminator to help inspect the home for other pests that may be carrying the ticks, and exclude or seal the home for prevention. Dogs or affected animals must also be treated with flea and tick control for pets.

Where to Look for Ticks:

Ticks may be present on humans, they prefer warm, moist areas. This can be in your armpits, on your groin, or even scalp. In addition, we recommend you consult the veterinarian about on-site treatment for your furry friends. If you find Ticks to be present, DO NOT attempt to pull out right away, you will need to use care and possibly tweezers making sure not to infect the area, or leave fragments of the tick still on the host. Additionally, General Pest control can help to control other pests that may be bringing ticks near your home or pet.

Note: Ticks may also be found on other mammals including birds and sometimes reptiles and amphibians.

Tick Self-Control Treatment Methods:

Pre-Treatment is key as soon as you find the pests:

  1. Launder or discard the infected animal bedding
  2. Steam Clean the area and any rugs that may be near
  3. Launder all lines if concern of humans affected as well

Self Removal:

Ensure to grab the whole tick, with tweezers at the head if possible, slowly pulling it away from the body. If possible, freeze the tick in a jar in the freezer in case symptoms are experienced later. Wash your hands and the bite with warm water, soap and rubbing alcohol or iodine. Be careful to clean and disinfect the area bitten. See medical attention if the area worsens.

Emergency Care:

If you experience any of the following you may need medical attention: A severe headache, Difficulty breathing, Paralysis, Heart palpitation. You may also seek medical help if you cannot remove the tick fully, or the rash site enlarges, you develop flu symptoms, you think it was a deer tick, or the bite site has become infected.

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