Tick Control in Omaha
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Ticks are a common pest to encounter throughout the United States. While indoor tick infestations are rare, individuals who spend ample time outdoors or live in or near a heavily wooded area are highly susceptible to bites. For this reason, Quality Pest Control, Inc. offers pest treatments for outdoor spaces to keep your yard, home, and family as parasite-free as possible!
Nearly 900 species of ticks have been identified globally, but tick problems in Omaha, Nebraska, can typically be traced back to one of four types native to this area: the American dog tick, the Rocky Mountain spotted wood tick, the lone star tick, and the deer tick.
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Ticks find a new host through a process called “questing.” Contrary to popular belief, ticks aren’t waiting in trees to fall on the heads of unsuspecting victims. Instead, pests wait in high vegetation like tall grasses, shrubs, or underbrush until a potential host passes by. Adult ticks are more likely to attach to larger hosts like deer, dogs, or humans, while younger ticks typically opt for smaller animals such as rabbits, lizards, rodents, and birds.
Identifying Common Nebraskan Ticks
Young ticks (larvae) are often too small to identify with the naked eye. Adult ticks, however, can be identified by their flat, ovular bodies and eight legs. Colors can vary among grayish-white, reddish-brown, brown, black, or yellow depending on the type of tick you encounter.
Here in Nebraska, native tick species will likely be reddish-brown (dog tick/lone star tick), brown (dog tick/Rocky Mountain spotted wood tick), or black (deer tick). Female Rocky Mountain spotted ticks can be differentiated from dog ticks by their grayish scutum (a thoracic segment of an insect), while female lone star ticks can be discerned from dog ticks by the large white spot in the center of the back.
Health Risks Associated with Ticks
Ticks pose a number of health risks to both humans and animals. The pests are responsible for spreading dangerous diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, Powassan, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, and Lyme Disease. In other cases, individuals may experience an allergic reaction which, if severe, may need emergency medical treatment. The sooner you remove a tick, the better your chances of avoiding a serious illness.
Symptoms of a Tick Bite
In the majority of cases, a tick bite will result in few, if any, symptoms. Ticks tend to bite humans on warm, moist areas of the body including the armpits, groin, head, or legs. Ticks remain on the body until either they are removed by the host or they become engorged with blood and fall off, a process which can take up to 10 days.
Common symptoms of a tick bite include:
- Redness at the bite site
- In the case of allergic reactions, these symptoms may be coupled with a rash or difficulty breathing
Talk to a doctor immediately if you, your family, or your pets experience neck stiffness, headache, nausea, muscle or joint weakness or aches, fever, chills, or swollen lymph nodes as these may be signs of a more serious tick-borne illness.
What Do I Do About a Tick Infestation?
The best way to keep ticks out of your home is through preventative measures. During peak tick season (May/June is peak tick season in Omaha, Nebraska), make sure you’re checking yourself, your family members, and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.
If you know you’ll be spending an extended period of time in a highly wooded area, wear long-sleeved, dark-colored shirts and long pants to minimize exposure to these parasites. Dark-colored clothes make it harder for pests to spot you, and long sleeves and pants keep vulnerable areas of the body protected from questing ticks.
If you live in an area that increases your exposure to ticks, Quality Pest Control, Inc. can treat the exterior of your home and yard to repel these dangerous parasites. Call us today at (402) 718-9346 or complete our online form to schedule your appointment.
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