What Pest Experts Want You To Know About Ticks Around Fayetteville, NC

September 15, 2021

Ticks are disgusting and scary pests because they attach to human or animal hosts to survive. They are blood-sucking parasites that wait for the perfect opportunity to imbed their head in their victim’s skin to get a blood meal. In Fayetteville, ticks are a common problem for outdoor enthusiasts as well as property owners. While people who spend time in the wilderness might seem to be more at risk, ticks can also get into yards and become a problem for homeowners.

deer tick on a leaf

Common Types Of Ticks

There are many different species of ticks in the area. They all behave a little differently and have unique characteristics. Here is what you need to know about each species:

  • Deer ticks: These are often referred to as black-legged ticks. They are an orangish-brown color with black legs. They are known for hiding in grass or shrubs and waiting until a host walks by their hiding spot. Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease.

  • American dog ticks: While these ticks usually seek out dogs as their hosts, they can get into your yard on wildlife and become a problem. They are hard-bodied ticks and have brown coloration. They usually live in grassy areas.

  • Lonestar ticks: These ticks are light brown, and the females have a single white dot in the shape of a star. This species is more aggressive and will actually travel in search of a host instead of just waiting for one to pass by.

What Do Tick Bites Look Like?

In most cases, tick bites won’t cause any significant health problems. While ticks can spread many diseases including Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, most bites won’t lead to illness.

Because of the risk of a tick bite carrying these diseases, it’s vital to know what the bites look like and the symptoms to watch out for. In some cases, a tick bite can look similar to other bug bites. The appearance of the bite can vary depending on the species. The surest way to know if you’ve been bitten by a tick is to notice the tick when it’s still attached. However, if you notice a bug bite that starts to develop a rash in a bullseye pattern, this is a sign of possible Lyme disease. Along with the bullseye rash, here are some other serious symptoms of tick bites:

  • Joint pain

  • Joint stiffness

  • Muscle pain

  • Headaches

  • Fever

  • Exhaustion

If you notice any of these signs, get help from medical professionals right away as these symptoms could be a sign of a serious tick-borne illness.

How To Keep Ticks Off Of Your Fayetteville Property

Because ticks in Fayetteville can spread many serious illnesses to you, your family, and even your pets, it’s essential to take steps to keep them out of your yard. While you can’t completely ensure you’ll never have ticks, you can make your yard a less appealing place for ticks (and the wildlife that carry them). Here are some of the best ways to keep ticks away:

  • Have your vet help you protect your pets as this is a common way that ticks come into homes.
  • Take steps to keep wild animals out of your yard by putting up fences and placing bird feeders out of reach.
  • Make sure garbage cans have tightly fitted lids to keep away certain wildlife like raccoons.
  • Regularly trim bushes, shrubs, and other vegetation in your yard.
  • Mow your lawn regularly. 

The Best Way To Keep Ticks Away

Ticks can be a problem for any homeowner around Fayetteville, and because they can spread disease, keeping them away is vital for the health and well-being of you and your family. Trying to prevent or remove ticks on your own is difficult if not impossible. The best way to deal with tick problems is to get help from the pest control experts at Ennis Exterminating. We have over 20 years of experience, and we offer free quotes. Reach out to us today to schedule your pest assessment.

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