Are Ticks Dangerous?

Are Ticks Dangerous?

Warm weather season, particularly in the state of Texas, can bring about all different types of bugs and insects—some more annoying than others. However, a majority of bugs are relatively harmless, even if they are annoying.

That’s true for most bugs, except perhaps ticks.

Ticks are truly a breed of their own when it comes to insects and pests, and many people have questions about these little blood-sucking insects and how dangerous they really are. The more you know about ticks, and keeping your yard, pets, and yourself safe—the better. Take a look below.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

One of the biggest questions that people have about ticks all has to do with Lyme disease. However, there are other tick-borne diseases out there including babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, tularemia, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness.

Lyme disease is an unfortunately common condition that currently has no cure. For some, it results in little to no side effects, for others, Lyme disease can completely impact their overall quality of life.

How Ticks Can Affect Your Pets

In addition to protecting yourself from Lyme disease, you should also make sure that you are keeping your pets safe and well-protected as well. Dogs can get Lyme disease and they can also get a serious condition called chronic canine ehrlichiosis, which can, unfortunately, lead to death.

This is why it is important to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease, use vet-recommended tick repellents, and regularly inspect your dog for ticks. The faster you can remove ticks from your dog’s skin, the less chance he has to transmit any diseases that he may be carrying.  

Tick Treatment Options for Your Yard

While there are a few things that you can do in order to keep your dog protected while they are out and about, but you also need to make sure that you protect the yard where your dog spends most of its time.

If your yard is surrounded by a wooded area, lots of trees, or other animals are in and around your yard, you should get professional treatment from an expert pest control company to help inspect your yard to identify tick-friendly zones.

If you feel as though your home may have an issue with ticks, then contact the experts here at Proctor Pest. We are here to answer all of your pest-related questions and will help you keep your yard as safe as possible.