Tick Season Has Arrived Early This Year. Are You Prepared?

Ticks and Mosquito Control Package

Tick season is upon us earlier than usual this year, bringing added dangers for you, your family, and your pets. With rising temperatures and rapidly changing climate patterns, ticks are emerging sooner than in previous years and in greater numbers. Understanding their life cycle and taking proactive measures is crucial to avoiding potential health hazards. Brace yourself for an in-depth exploration of this ticking time bomb.

Understanding the Tick Life Cycle

Ticks thrive in warm, humid environments, making spring and summer their prime seasons. However, recent climate shifts have disrupted their typical patterns. Mild winters and early warmth provide ideal conditions for ticks to emerge from their dormant state and begin seeking hosts sooner than expected.

Ticks undergo a four-stage life cycle: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Each stage requires a blood meal from a host, be it a human, pet, or wild animal. As they feed, ticks can transmit various diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis.

Identifying Tick Hotspots

Knowing where ticks lurk is half the battle. These pests thrive in wooded areas, tall grasses, and leaf litter. They cling to vegetation, awaiting the arrival of a potential host. However, they can also find their way into your yard, especially if it borders forests or fields.

When engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, camping, or gardening, remain vigilant. Ticks can easily hitch a ride on clothing or pets, making their way into your home. Regularly inspecting yourself, your family members, and your pets after spending time outdoors is crucial.

Protecting Pets from Ticks

Your furry companions are particularly vulnerable to tick infestations and the diseases they carry. Ticks can cause severe discomfort, skin irritations, and even life-threatening conditions in pets. Regular preventive treatments are essential to keeping your pets safe.

Consult your veterinarian about the best tick control products for your pet, such as topical treatments, collars, or oral medications. These products not only kill existing ticks but also repel new ones from latching onto your pet.

Deep Cleaning Your Home

Even if you take precautions, ticks can still find their way into your home, hiding in cracks, crevices, and carpets. Regular, deep cleaning is necessary to eliminate potential tick hotspots.

Vacuum carpets, upholstered furniture, and corners thoroughly. Wash pet bedding and your family’s clothing frequently, especially after outdoor activities. Consider treating your home with insecticides or hiring professional pest control services if the infestation is severe.

Seeking Professional Help for Tick Removal

If you or a family member discovers an attached tick, prompt removal is crucial. Improper removal techniques can increase the risk of transmitting diseases, as ticks can regurgitate infected fluids into the bite site.

Seek professional medical assistance for safe tick removal. Healthcare providers have specialized tools and techniques to ensure the entire tick is removed without leaving any mouthparts embedded in the skin.

How Icon Pest’s Mosquito Control Package Can Help to Keep You Safe

While tick prevention is a multi-faceted effort, Icon Pest’s Mosquito Control Package can provide an added layer of protection. Our experienced technicians apply eco-friendly treatments to your yard, reducing tick populations and creating a safer outdoor environment for you and your loved ones.

By targeting mosquito breeding grounds, our treatments also help control other pests that can serve as tick hosts. With regular applications, you can enjoy your outdoor spaces without the constant worry of ticks and the diseases they carry.

Staying vigilant and proactive is key to navigating this early tick season. By understanding their life cycle, identifying hotspots, treating pets, deep cleaning your home, and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can minimize the risks posed by these unwelcome visitors. Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable summer for you and your family.

Mosquito Control Package
Mosquito Control Package

Icon Pest’s Mosquito Control Package Forms a Barrier Against Ticks in Your Yard

Icon Pest’s comprehensive Mosquito Control Package offers a powerful solution to protect your outdoor spaces from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. This multi-faceted treatment program is tailored to combat these pests throughout the entire summer season. Over the course of 4-5 treatments, spaced at least 21 days apart, our experienced technicians will meticulously apply eco-friendly spray treatments around the perimeter of your property, including around trees, decks, pools, and cabanas—everywhere these pests are known to breed or lurk.

With this package, you can have peace of mind knowing that your yard is being safeguarded against these unwanted visitors all summer. A thorough warranty backs up the treatments, ensuring ongoing protection throughout the entire season. Pricing starts at $450 plus HST for smaller properties and can go up to $1,500 plus HST for larger areas, making it an affordable investment in your family’s comfort and safety.

Additionally, we offer flexibility—clients can choose to receive a portion of the 5 treatments this summer and save the remaining for next year’s tick season. Current Icon Pest customers even receive an exclusive 10% discount on this package.

Make Icon Pest your first call for pest control in your home or on your property.

FAQs

What do ticks look like?

Ticks are small, ranging from the size of a poppy seed to a sunflower seed, depending on their life stage and how engorged they are with blood. They have an oval-shaped body and eight legs. Before feeding, they are reddish-brown or black in colour. After feeding, their bodies swell and turn a greyish-blue colour.

How do I check myself and my pets for ticks?

Perform full body checks after being outdoors, paying close attention to areas where ticks like to hide, such as the groin, armpits, scalp, behind the ears, and belly button. Run your fingers over your skin and through your hair to feel for any bumps. Check on your pets by running your hands over their skin and using a fine-tooth comb.

How do I remove a tick from my or my pet's skin?

Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull upward with steady, even pressure; do not twist or jerk the tick. Clean the bite area after with rubbing alcohol. If any mouthparts remain embedded, let your doctor remove them. For pets, use a commercially-available tick removal tool and consult your vet.

What are the signs of tick-borne illnesses?

Early symptoms can include fever, chills, aches, fatigue, and a bull’s-eye rash around the bite in the case of Lyme disease. See a doctor promptly if you experience symptoms after a tick bite. Pets may show lethargy, loss of appetite, and lameness.

Can ticks transmit diseases to my pets?

Yes, ticks can transmit several harmful diseases to pets, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Using preventative tick control products on pets is important.

Who can I contact to protect my yard from ticks?

Icon Pest offers a comprehensive mosquito control package that not only targets mosquitoes but also protects against ticks and fleas. This all-inclusive service is designed to create a comfortable and pest-free outdoor environment for clients to enjoy.

 In addition to controlling mosquitoes, Icon Pest’s mosquito package also offers protection against ticks and fleas. Ticks and fleas are not only a nuisance but also pose health risks to humans and pets by transmitting diseases. By including protection against ticks and fleas in their mosquito control package, Icon Pest ensures that clients can enjoy their outdoor spaces without worrying about these additional pests.

Overall, Icon Pest’s insect control packages provide a comprehensive solution for homeowners looking to create a pest-free outdoor environment. With our effective treatments and focus on customer satisfaction, clients can trust Icon Pest Control to keep their property free from bothersome insects of all kinds.

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