What Should I Do If I Am Bit By A Tick In Scottsdale?
February 28, 2023
You likely have encountered a tick if you enjoy spending time outdoors or hiking with your dog. Ticks are tiny arachnids that feed on the blood of their hosts.
Different ticks prefer different types of hosts, but most ticks in our area will also latch on to people to feed. If you have a tick problem in your yard, the time is now to contact a local Scottsdale pest control company.
We’ll explain how to identify the most common types of ticks in Scottsdale and the diseases different kinds of ticks can spread. Most importantly, we will review what you should do if a tick bites your pet or family member and the best method for tick removal.
Is This A Tick?
There are three types of ticks in Scottsdale that are cause for concern, but some pests may be confused with ticks, such as beetles or bed bugs. Here is a brief description of each kind of tick we typically find in our area:
- American Dog ticks are brown with whitish or gray markings with a hard exterior shield. Their preferred host is domestic dogs, but they will also feed on people.
- Blacklegged ticks are orange-brown with a soft shell. They feed on wild animals and people. They often attach to the back of the neck when they feed on a person.
- Rocky Mountain wood ticks are brown but become gray after they feed. These ticks feed on animals and people.
No matter the type of ticks you find on your property, they are a danger to your family. The safest way to get rid of ticks in your home or yard is to work with a local pest control company.
Tick Bites Can Be Very Dangerous
Many diseases caused by ticks can harm people, so you should always use tick protection when spending time outside or near woods or fields. After a tick finds its way to a person, it can take time for them to bite and, even more, time to start feeding. This period is your window of opportunity for tick removal because they don’t spread diseases until feeding begins.
Rocky Mountain wood and American dog ticks spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) which they usually contract after feeding on rodents. RMSF is a severe infectious disease with a high mortality rate. The main symptom is a rash that spreads after two to five days. Tick bites can also spread diseases like tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and tick paralysis.
What Do I Do If Bitten By A Tick?
Finding a tick on yourself or your pet is enough to make anyone cringe, especially when you know that ticks bite to feed on your blood. Tick removal is fairly simple if you know what to do.
You will need to use fine tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull it straight out and do not twist, or you may leave behind the mouthparts. Any tick removed from a person should be saved in a container filled with rubbing alcohol with the date and area of origin in case symptoms appear.
Let The Professionals Tick-Proof Your Yard
Because of the many diseases caused by ticks, it is imperative to use tick protection when you or your pets are outdoors. Working with a company like Green Home Pest Control to control the ticks in your yard is the best way to get rid of ticks and reduce your risk of tick-borne diseases. Reach out today for your free estimate to eliminate your tick problem and protect your family and pets.