Effective Tick Control For East County San Diego Properties
August 13, 2021
Ticks are arthropods with two body segments that are wingless, and exist in hundreds of different species. However, they are often categorized according to whether they have a hard or soft exterior shell. They are parasitic creatures that attach to humans as well as animals, including deer, birds, rodents, and dogs, and are well-equipped to pierce the skin and consume their blood. The reproductive cycle of a tick begins as an egg, then transitions in the forms of larva and nymphs before entering adulthood.
Understanding The Behavior Of Ticks
Ticks are unable to fly or jump, which requires them to be positioned very close to a potential host. They commonly hide in tall grass, shrubs, or other vegetation and can detect the carbon dioxide and other chemicals being emitted from an approaching host. As the host nears, the tick can use its legs to attach. This process of preying or hunting is often referred to as “questing.” Fortunately, ticks are unlikely to infiltrate a home, unless attached to a host that carries them indoors. Ticks are another reason why property owners must prevent mice and other rodents from entering the property.
Best Ways To Prevent Ticks
Stay on any existing path or trail when possible if traveling through areas of dense vegetation, high grass, or brush.
Prevent direct access to your skin by wearing full-length pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Certain repellents are now available for use on clothing.
Use an EPA-approved insect repellent on areas of uncovered skin, such as DEET or Picaridin.
Avoid having direct contact with wild animals, as they may be harboring ticks.
After participating in outdoor activities, promptly inspect yourself and your pets for any ticks.
Keep pets on a leash to prevent them from rummaging through vegetation that might contain ticks, as certain species including the American dog tick and brown dog tick prefer canine hosts.
The Importance Of Contacting A Pest Extermination Professional
Some property owners will underestimate what appears as a somewhat minor problem with pests. In the days, weeks, and months that follow, these small intrusions can develop into major infestations that become rather difficult to eliminate. Others will mistakenly try do-it-yourself home treatment options that are sold online and by local retailers that make sensationalized claims of being a quick and easy solution.
Unfortunately, the majority of these mass-marketed products have significant limitations that make them insufficient for banishing large pest-related problems. Also, some of these options might contain harsh chemicals that pose health risks. The best way of responding to these types of concerns is to consult with an experienced provider of pest control services that will conduct a thorough interior and exterior inspection and recommend an effective treatment plan.
Licensed Pest Management Company In San Diego
The team of seasoned professionals with Lockwood Pest Control is properly trained and equipped with many of the latest products and tools to safely and effectively banish ticks, fleas, rodents, cockroaches, and various other bothersome and potentially harmful pests. We are a locally-owned and operated organization that provides excellent quality customer service for San Diego homeowners. Our work is always backed by a "come back for no charge" guarantee to ensure total satisfaction.
Has your property suddenly become a home for types of unwanted pests? We encourage you to contact our office today to schedule a detailed inspection and estimate. Keep in mind that we are now available for same-day and emergency response services for those with immediate needs.