Flea & Tick Season Warning

by | May 9, 2019

TICK NEWS ALERTFox 8 News reported Akron Children’s Hospital has reported more tick bites than they normally see this time of year.

The reason for the uptick in the tick population is mostly due to the wet weather we’ve had. 2018 was generally a wet year in Northeast Ohio. Even last fall, the weather patterns drenched us with relentless rain. Followed that up with the residual winter moisture and we have a perfect environment for ticks and many other insects to thrive.

Although we’ve had some cold spells this winter, temperatures were generally above normal. It wasn’t cold enough to curb the pest populations here in Northeast Ohio. Making it even worse, we’re having a cool wet spring which maintains a higher level of humidity than normal.

With a growing tick population, there’s an increase in the threat of Lyme disease and other pathogens ticks transmit. We all really need to take this problem seriously.

Ticks Aren’t The Only Problem

Entomologists are expecting a rise in the population of all outdoor pests. Rodents on the other hand, will seek shelter indoors as they look for warm, dry conditions to nest. Other pests like mosquitoes and termites will thrive during these conditions, while others yet will be driven indoors seeking food and shelter. Standing water from the residual winter moisture allows for mosquitoes breed and flourish.

This summer is predicted to have more rain than usual so were going to see more cockroaches and ants being driven indoors. We’re also going to see more indoor/outdoor pets with fleas and ticks.

The best solution is to have us treat your entire yard which will nearly eliminate fleas and ticks getting on your pets, yourself, or your children. Call us 24/7 for a fast and free, flea and tick quote.

Tips to Avoid Tick Bites

The absolute best way to avoid flea and tick bites is to have your entire yard treated by a professional. This will at least give you the peace-of-mind to know that your pets and your children can play in the yard without the fear of bringing any of these pests inside your home.

However, we’re going to hunt mushrooms or go hiking or work in fields, tall grass, or outdoors in general. Here’s some helpful tips to help you avoid tick bites.

  • Spray your shoes and/or boots with at least 20% DEET bug spray.  Get the bottoms, sides and pant legs all the way to your knees. We like to use 30% or great DEET.
  • When outside wearing lighter clothing will allow you spot ticks and other insects before they have their way with you.
  • Long pants, long sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes or boots help. It also gives you something to spray the DEET on besides your skin.
  • After you’ve been outdoors, check yourself completely for ticks. Sometimes you’re not going to feel them, you have to visually scan your body before they burrow themselves in your skin.

If you’ve discovered that a tick has burrowed itself into your skin, get it out of there as quickly as possible and clean area with rubbing alcohol. It only takes 24 hours before pathogens transmit.

Video Demonstration – How To Remove a Tick

If suspect you have a tick problem just contact us and we’ll get you on the schedule ASAP.