5 Common Myths About Ticks
Ticks are becoming more and more common with every passing year and the stories we hear about them are becoming more and more alarming with every passing year. As their populations grow, it’s important to stay informed. Below are five common myths about ticks you may have heard.
You’ll Feel a Tick on You
The truth is that a tick can crawl on you, embed in your skin, feed on your blood for over 24 hours, and drop back off without you even realizing it. As awful as that sounds, it’s true. Sometimes you can feel them, but it’s just as likely that you won’t. That’s why it’s so important to stay vigilant when it comes to ticks. You could become infected with a tick-borne illness without even knowing you were bitten.
All Ticks Carry Lyme Disease
The truth is only certain species of ticks carry and transmit Lyme Disease. And even then, not every tick is a carrier. The percentage of ticks that carry Lyme vary from location to location.
That doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry about ticks. All species of ticks carry some type of disease, and most carry a number of different diseases. These include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (the most common tick-borne disease in Arizona), Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan Virus, to name just a few.
Symptoms vary from disease to disease but often include fever, muscle and joint aches, and headaches. Some resolve on their own and some are much more serious, requiring medical attention and even hospitalization. Some illnesses, if not caught quickly, can lead to chronic problems.
Ticks are Only a Summer Problem
Although ticks go dormant in the coldest temperatures, many remain active when temperatures are as low as 45 degrees. That means ticks are a year-round problem in Arizona.
Ticks are Easy to Spot
Ticks come in a wide range of sizes, depending on the stage of development and species of tick. While an adult dog tick may be easy to see as it crawls up your leg, a nymph deer tick can be so tiny that you mistake it for a speck of dirt. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult to identify and remove one if it gets on you.
Ticks are Only a Problem in Wooded Areas
Although ticks are often found in the woods, they could just as easily be on any property. Ticks need hosts to survive, so they spend a lot of time on wildlife. If that wildlife walks across your property, ticks can drop off and wait for a new host, like you or a family member, to walk by so they can climb aboard. When on your property, ticks are most likely to be found along a tree line or in areas with leaf litter or lawn debris.
What to Do About Ticks on Your Property
If you think you have ticks on your property or you want to be proactive about keeping them off your property, get in touch with us at Schendel Pest Services. We offer industry-leading pest control services that can keep your yard a safe place to enjoy, no matter the time of year.