Tick Bite Prevention and Treatment in Southern FloridaA tick bite can be very dangerous. Ticks are responsible for the transmission of a number of dangerous diseases to humans and animals alike. When these parasitic insects feed on human blood, they are capable of transmitting Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, and more. At Florida Pest Control, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe from the dangers of ticks. Because of the risk factors associated with ticks, it is crucial to learn how to prevent tick bites.

Tips to Prevent Tick Bites

Ticks are often found in areas with a lot of overgrown vegetation or tall grass. Here’s how to stay protected against ticks in these areas:

  • Wear protective clothing: When venturing into areas with a lot of vegetation or tall grass, make sure to keep bare skin to a minimum. Dress yourself in light-colored pants and long sleeves, wear closed-toe shoes, and consider tucking your pants into your socks.
  • Use insect repellent: On areas of the skin that are still exposed, it’s recommended to use an insect spray containing at least 20% deet, as it can help deter ticks. Apply as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Keep a tidy yard: Ticks love to seek shelter in areas with a lot of vegetation, even in your own backyard. Trim your grass, prune your shrubs and bushes, and remove piles of wood or other debris to keep ticks at bay.

Tick Bite Treatment

After spending time outdoors, thoroughly inspect your family and pets for ticks. When they’ve found a host to feed on, ticks use their piercing mouthparts to first inject an anesthetic, which is why most people don’t feel the bite of a tick. As the tick fills with blood, it will eventually fall off its host. If a tick is found before it feeds, it can be removed with tweezers. Some signs of a tick bite include the telltale red bull’s eye rash around the spot of the bite. While most bites are harmless, they can transmit dangerous diseases and should always be treated by a medical professional.

Professional Tick Prevention

Florida Pest Control knows the dangers of ticks, which is why we work to prevent them in our communities. We offer a season-long tick control service that creates a repellent barrier against ticks. One of our highly trained will perform a barrier treatment focusing on areas where ticks are commonly found when not feeding on hosts, including perimeter vegetation, frequently walked paths, and more. Contact us today to learn more about tick bite prevention in South Florida.

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