Help Reducing Tick Populations: Where to Look for Professionals

Our customers and California residents have expressed significant concern about ticks this season. Because it wasn’t as cold as usual this winter, tick populations did not decline as rapidly as they usually would have. Since tick season typically begins when the weather becomes warmer, people’s concerns about tick attacks on their families and pets increase as spring approaches.

Ticks connect to their hosts and transmit disease from minutes to days later. Our goal is to help you be prepared, so we have compiled a list of conditions ticks can transmit.

Preventing Tick Bites: Steps to Take

You should take extra care to avoid getting bitten by ticks this year

Ticks that carry diseases can be found anywhere, including long grass, so be careful when walking your dog, lounging in the park, or doing anything else outdoors. Ticks can be found almost anywhere, including in your yard.

A wealth of data on ticks, tick bites, and prevention strategies is available from the CDC. Use insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, treat your yard with pesticides, and reduce tick habitat to reduce your risk of contracting Lyme disease. We’ll discuss these methods and your next steps.

Insect Repellant

Permethrin treatments are indicated for use on footwear and apparel. 

Cover any skin that will be exposed with an EPA-certified insect repellent containing DEET and other approved chemicals.

Rapidly Eliminate the Tick

If you want to get rid of a tick, follow the CDC’s advice and don’t try twisting it off, smearing it with Vaseline or petroleum jelly, squeezing it, burning it with a match or lighter, or painting it with nail polish. Tweezers should be used to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible to remove it.

Natural Ways to Remove Tick

As reported by the CDC, some insect repellents sold in the US do not require EPA certification. In the 1990s, the EPA checked the active ingredients of these unregistered goods for safety (but not their effectiveness). The Environmental Protection Agency concluded that using plant oils such as peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, garlic, and others in insect repellents was generally safe for humans. They are all-natural. Therefore, they say there’s no need to register them with the EPA.

The Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t studied the effectiveness of essential oils. While topical use has been debated, it is generally accepted as safe. Please take extra precautions when using natural tick repellents and treatments. You should put on tick repellent before leaving your yard. Use the EPA’s tool to choose the appropriate insect repellent for your needs, considering the activities you’ll be engaging in outside, the types of insects you’ll be facing, and other considerations.

Where to Find the Professionals for Tick Control

Knowing what to look for when selecting a company is the best way to discover a reliable pest control service that can treat ticks. Call other companies offering home tick services before committing to one for the season. If you need a pest control service to rid your yard of ticks, it’s important to research to choose the best one for your needs. Consider a firm that offers guarantees on their work, treats frequently, has trained professionals on staff, and uses environmentally friendly products.