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The Real Dangers Ticks Pose

deer tick on a leaf

Now that summer has arrived, tick season is officially underway! You’ve probably heard a few tick horror stories by now and are likely to hear more as the season continues, and maybe even experience one!

Even though the best time to implement tick prevention methods has passed, there are still things that homeowners in South Carolina can do to limit their exposure to ticks around their property. Some steps you can take to reduce the threat of ticks in your yard are:

  • Trimming back bushes
  • Cutting back trees, and keeping your lawn trimmed short
  • Removing bird and wildlife feeders as wild animals tend to bring ticks with them
  • Wearing protective clothing when spending time outside
  • Inspecting yourself, your family, and your pets before entering your home after spending time outdoors.

Inspection plays a key role when it comes to tick bites as they often go unnoticed. Some people have a skin reaction or rash and notice a physical sensation while others do not. Through these bites, ticks can spread diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and more.

Symptoms of these illnesses include headaches, allergic reactions, muscle and joint pain, lethargy, nausea, facial drooping, and more. If any of these diseases are contracted, it could result in lifelong complications. The biggest problem with tick bites often going unnoticed is that the longer these diseases are in a person's system, the harder they are to treat. Lyme disease, in particular, is very treatable in the early stages but the symptoms worsen over time without treatment.

A tick infestation brings with it many serious risks to homeowners and their families. If you notice a large number of ticks in your yard, it’s best to contact your local pest control professionals immediately. For residents in the CSRA and Midlands of South Carolina, Aiken Pest Control is the place to call! Our professionals will come to your property, and after performing an initial evaluation, they will recommend tick control treatments that best fit your situation. Professional pest control treatments can make a huge difference in how much worry and stress ticks cause you this summer! To learn more about our services and how Aiken Pest Control can help you with the elimination and preventative treatment of ticks, contact us today!