August 20, 2021

Answering Conroe's Most Common Tick Questions

Do you have questions about ticks? If you don’t, then you should. These invasive pests are a serious problem around Conroe properties and they pose a number of serious health threats to locals. They use unique methods to break into living areas. To help you better understand the threats ticks pose and to help you keep these dangerous creatures out of your Conroe home, here are some commonly asked tick questions and their answers.

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Why Are Ticks Dangerous?

Getting bitten by ticks is a lot like gambling. Most of the time it just hurts a bit and is annoying. It is only in rare moments that you win a special prize. In the case of ticks, this usually involves an uncomfortable or life-changing disease. Some common diseases you may contract from a tick bite include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis. These pests pick up diseases like this from infected woodland creatures like deer, wolves, and squirrels. 

What Should You Do If You Find A Tick On You?

There is a right way and a wrong way to remove a tick from your body. The wrong way leaves this pest’s head ripped off and lodged beneath your skin. To safely remove a tick from your body, start by grabbing a pair of tweezers, soft-headed tweezers work best. Next, grab the tick around its head and get as close to your skin as possible. Finally, pull firmly at a medium pace. Do not jerk, twist, or bend the tweezers while you do this.

Once the tick is safely removed from your skin, DO NOT throw it away. Instead, store it inside a plastic bag in the freezer. As weird as this sounds, it is the best way to potentially save yourself a lot of trouble if you show symptoms of Lyme disease. If you didn’t know, Lyme disease has many strains and is difficult to identify and treat without the vector that caused it. Having the tick that spread it to you greatly increases your chances of finding quick and effective treatments from your doctor.

How Do You Prevent A Tick From Getting Onto You?

There are many ways to keep ticks from biting you. Here are some of the best strategies our experts recommend.

  • Apply bug spray to your legs and body before going into tick dense areas.
  • Avoid tick-dense areas like tall grass and thick undergrowth.
  • Keep your grass cut short and your landscaping well maintained.
  • Wear long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks while outside.
  • Wrap a piece of heavy-duty tape around your shins so the sticky side is outwards.
  • Are There Ways To Prevent Ticks From Getting Into Your Home?

Ticks regularly get into homes on the backs of birds, rodents, and bats. To keep these invaders out of your living areas, seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation, repair damage to window/door screens, and make sure things like weather stripping and door sweep are present and in good working condition.

What Is The Best Answer To Tick Problems?

Sometimes, ticks get into homes. If you are looking for a way to deal with an infestation inside your living areas or you want a more reliable solution to keep these pests outside where they belong, you need professional pest control. At Bill Clark Pest Control, we offer both long-term and short-term solutions to tick problems. Our treatment plans are built to fit your individual needs and our team of technicians is friendly and always looking for ways to make things easy for you. Give us a call now to learn more.


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