Ticks have a relation to spiders, as both are arachnids. Ticks have eight legs, like spiders, and do not have any antennae. While some species will vary with overall size and color variations, the basic appearance will remain a constant throughout. Try to avoid tick bites all together. When working, camping, or walking in a tick habitat — wooded, brush, or grassy places — a few simple precautions can reduce your chance of being bitten. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt; tuck your pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants to help keep ticks outside your clothing so they’re more easily spotted and removed.
If you discover an attached tick, it’s important to remove it quickly. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Avoid removing the tick with bare hands. Don’t twist or jerk the tick, which may cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the parts with tweezers if possible. After removing the tick, disinfect the area and wash your hands. Note the date that you found the tick attached to you, in case you get sick. If you develop a fever, rash, or aches and pains within a month, let your health care provider know that you were bitten by a tick. This information may help your provider diagnose your illness. If you need any additional help with ticks, contact a professional who does pest control in Seattle.
Constantly Check Your Pets
Ticks are most likely to attach themselves to your dogs and cats. As the animals go back and forth between being indoors and outdoors, ticks will jump onto them, feed on them. If your pet is indoors when the ticks dislodge itself, you will be stuck with ticks in your home. For this reason, it is always a good idea to thoroughly check your pets as they come inside every day. Closely examine the same areas you would on yourself as well as between toes of your pets. Run your fingers through its fur to help detect any bumps that might be a tick. Ticks typically enter homes by the pets we keep.
Around the Home Management
Focus your management of tick habitat to areas frequently used by your family, not necessarily your entire property.
- Use brick, paving, decking, gravel, container plantings, and low water requirement plants to encourage bright sunny areas immediately around your home – open sunny areas are less likely to harbor ticks.
- Keep grass mowed and shrubs trimmed, and restrict the use of ground cover in family or pet areas.
- Keep dogs and cats out of the woods to keep them from bringing home ticks. Tick control products are available for pets – follow label instructions and talk to your veterinarian if you have questions.
- Move swing sets, sand boxes, and other children play areas away from the edge of woods and place them on a wood chip or mulch foundation.
- Use plantings that don’t attract deer or exclude deer through fencing.
- Since Ticks are attracted to rodents, practice proper rodent control techniques.