When Should I Worry About Ticks in Louisville?
August 15, 2019
For pests that don’t fly, jump, or even travel around very well on their own, ticks seem to cause quite a problem for Louisville residents. Some common ticks that live in our area include black-legged ticks, brown dog ticks, and American dog ticks. Each of these ticks is feared for the viruses and diseases they can transmit to humans and pets, a few of the most well-known being: Lyme disease, Powassan virus, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. All of these diseases can be associated with life-long health problems, however, these problems can be prevented if the disease is caught early enough.
When are ticks most active?
Now is the time that ticks are becoming increasingly active. While ticks were active throughout the summer, now and in early fall is a time period where new ticks that hatched during summer are reaching their adult stage. (Some ticks are even able to withstand the cold of winter, especially if they stay on a host.) But even though we are right in the heart of tick season, it is not too late to learn about the factors that might put you, your pets, and your property at risk of a tick infestation.
Factors That Could Be Putting You at Risk
Unlike many summer pests, ticks are not able to enter your home on their own. In most cases, ticks are picked up while you are outside walking your dog, jogging through a forested area, or hiking with some friends. Once you have completed your outdoor activity, it is always best to inspect yourself and your pets for ticks before entering your Louisville home. Otherwise, you could risk spreading a tick infestation to your property. Ticks also like to hide in thick brush, leaf piles, and tall weeds—which is why you should remove these attractants from around your home. One of the ways ticks are brought into your home doesn’t involve you or your pets at all. There are many cases of rodents bringing these parasites inside while they are searching for shelter and food sources. If ticks are entering your Louisville home and you don’t own pets, it might be indicating an existing rodent infestation.
Save the stress and worry of finding ticks on your property when you reach out to the trusted pest technicians here at Action Pest Control. We have what you need to avoid the frustration, danger, and risk of tick activity on your property. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today to learn more about our tick treatments and programs!