Big Myths About Ticks That You’ve Got to Stop Believing
No one likes ticks, which is why so many folks opt for flea and tick treatment services. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners aren’t getting all the help they need with these dangerous pests because they buy into common myths about ticks. Doing so can put you, your family and your pets at risk of contracting serious illnesses including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Here are six of the biggest tick myths that can undermine your safety.
1. You’ll Always Feel a Tick Bite
Most people believe that you’ll feel a tick bite as soon as it happens. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. Tick bites are often painless. You might not realize that you’ve been bitten by a tick until you see the tick under your skin long after the initial bite.
2. A Single Tick Bite Can Cause Immediate Sickness
While it’s true that tick bites can spread disease, a single bite usually isn’t cause for big worry. In most cases, a tick needs to be attached to you for at least 24 hours before it can spread a serious disease.
3. There Are Lots of Ways to Remove Ticks
Maybe you’ve heard that clear nail polish will chase a tick out, or that you can remove it more easily when you use petroleum jelly. While these ideas are very popular, they’re also myths. All you need to remove a tick is a good pair of tweezers. Using tweezers is an effective and efficient way to remove ticks from both yourself and your pets.
4. Ticks Don’t Hang Around in the Winter
Ticks can survive every season in temperate climates, and you’ll need to use flea and tick treatment strategies throughout the year. This is especially true in the Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas areas, where warm year-round temperatures mean that pest control services are a must, no matter the time of year.
5. All Ticks Carry Disease
Many people believe that every tick carries a disease. While many do, not all ticks are infected with disease. Some types of ticks also tend to be more dangerous than others. Professional pest control services can identify dangerous ticks and remove them from your property.
6. Ticks Always Fall Out of Trees
One of the oldest myths about ticks claims that these pesky pests get onto people and pets when they fall out of trees. This is simply untrue. Ticks are master climbers, and they can easily hitch a ride by climbing up a blade of grass and hopping on your body.
Are you concerned about ticks on your property making your family or pets sick? We can help. Call Burns Pest Elimination today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, knowledgeable tick control specialists.