Living in the Midwest, a person expects to encounter ticks on occasion. However, 2012 is forecast to have more tick encounters than usual, specifically the black-legged tick, or deer ticks, in Missouri A predicted tick population explosioncan be attributed to oak trees producing more acorns than usual in 2010 (a primary food source of host animals of this insect pest). A more bountiful food supply will support a greater population of host animals for ticks to feed from in subsequent years. The natural occurrence of an abundant food source coupled with an increase in migratory, host animals results in humans and family pets being more susceptible to ticks looking for a meal. The warmer months of spring and summer are generally when people notice an increase in ticks, and if someone suspects a tick infestation in or near his or her home or business it should be dealt with promptly.
The potential risks of a high tick population are numerous. Ticks carry diseases which can be transferred to a human or another animal with a bite, and a higher tick population only increases the chance that a pet, family member or client will become infected. Human anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and frequently Lyme disease are all diseases that ticks can spread. A circular rash is usually the first sign of Lyme disease, and experiencing flu-like symptoms is also common in the early stages. Occasionally, Lyme disease can present without the more noticeable early symptoms and if it continually goes unchecked can affect the nervous system, joints and the brain, leading to problems such as numbness, arthritis, inflammation and memory problems.
The easiest and most effective way to deal with a tick problem, or to prevent a problem from occurring at all, is to call in a tick expert pest control professional. Ticks can be tracked into a home or business by a dog or a person. Since ticks attach to hosts close to the ground they are less likely to be noticed and brought inside. Once inside, ticks can hide inside the walls and survive for a year without plasma to feed on. If a tick were to lay eggs inside a home or business, the tick infestation would be almost impossible to control without calling in a pest control professional. The process for treating a tick infestation for an individual is a daunting and costly task, often involving the removal of carpet. However, a tick expert pest control professional is just that; a professional who specializes in getting rid of a tick infestation. They know what to do and how to do it. Instead of an individual home-owner or business-owner trying and re-trying to deal with ticks, a pest control expert has the tools and experience to properly keep a home or business free of ticks.
Talk to the St. Louis pest control professionals at Bugs By Brian today about tick control in St. Louis and surrounding areas to get started on a prevention program before the intense tick season hits St. Louis. Contact us here, or our phone number is (636) 394-0101.