George Fetters Tick Control Service in Damascus, OH – How it Works
Most people never realize they’ve been bitten by a tick, especially since certain ticks are no bigger than a poppy seed. Tick bites can be very difficult to identify, which is why it is imperative to protect your family and pets from unforeseen health risks. George Fetters Tick Control services in Damascus will reduce the number of ticks on your property. Our services include:
Tick Prevention: We’ll put the proper treatments in place to reduce the risk of having ticks in your yard. Our experts will scope out could-be nesting and breeding locations on your property and apply the necessary products to keep ticks from moving in.
Tick Control: Our products and services will have an immediate impact on your yard’s tick population. We know what to apply and where to apply it to deliver maximum results right away.
Tick Maintenance: We’ll regularly reapply treatments to help keep ticks off your property. Since these insects may attempt to reclaim your yard after the initial prevention treatment, we will keep up tick maintenance to make sure they don’t come back.
Being local and the top choice service for the Damascus Ohio area, our expert technicians will share strategies for making your landscape less appealing to ticks. Everything from mowing your lawn at the proper height to installing fencing can make a substantial impact on your home’s tick population.
All About Ticks
Ticks feed on the blood of animals and may live in close association with their hosts. They’re part of the larger informal category of biting pests.
When ticks bite a person, the body reacts to proteins injected during feeding. This reaction will often be seen as a red, raised area that may itch. It’s not uncommon for the skin reaction to remain visible for a few days, but in extreme cases, the effect can be felt for much longer. The severity of the reaction will vary according to the sensitivity of the person’s immune system.
Ticks attach themselves for a period of time, and then drop off their host to lay eggs. They require a blood meal at each stage of life in order to grow. The female tick must engorge herself with blood to obtain the nourishment necessary to produce the thousands of eggs she lays. Despite the large number of eggs produced, only a small percentage will make it to maturity.
Ticks do not embed their entire head into a host, only the mouthparts. To keep the blood from clotting, the tick will inject an anti-clogging agent.
Important Note: If you develop a reddish rash around the site of a tick bite, suffer arthritis-like pain in one or more joints or have flu-like symptoms that come and go after recently being bitten by a tick, see your physician.
How Dangerous Are Ticks?
Ticks can carry serious diseases. According to the CDC, more than 23,000 human cases of Lyme disease were recorded in 2002, with an estimated 9 out of 10 cases going unreported. This disease was first recognized and reported around Lyme, Ct. in 1975. Since then, three areas in the United States are now identified where this disease organism is known to occur naturally. These are the Northeast(in coastal areas from northern Virginia to southern Maine), the northern Midwest (Minnesota and Wisconsin), and the West (parts of California, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada) Most cases occur in the northeastern United States, but cases have been reported in at least 49 states and federal health agencies (CDC) report that Lyme disease accounts for 95% of the reported vector-borne illnesses in the United States.
Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete(a type of bacteria-Borrelia burgdorferi) that affects humans and their pet dogs, as well as wildlife species. In the eastern and midwestern United States, this disease organism is caused principally by a hard tick, which commonly attacks white-tailed deer and some rodent species. In the Pacific coastal areas is caused by a similar bacteria called Ixodes pacific us. These ticks have a two-year cycle. Control against this tick in your yard would be the same type of control suggested for the Brown Dog Tick. They commonly attach to the animal’s body, after feeding they drop to the ground in search of protective areas. The areas should be sprayed with a residual insecticide.
Types of Ticks
- American Dog Tick – small, red-brown in color, uniform in color. Its mouthparts are easily seen when viewed from above. The body is flattened and shaped like a tear drop.
- Black Legged Tick – Dark brown to black body with darker legs.
- Brown Dog Tick – Uniformly dark reddish-brown with no markings.
- Lone Star Tick – Grayish-brown with a white dot that resembles a star in the center top of the abdomen.
- Soft Tick – Varies depending on species from sandy-brown to reddish-brown to dark brown.
Tick Prevention Treatment Services
George Fetters company has tick yard control down to a science. We tailor our tick control treatments in Damascus Ohio to each yard’s needs and owner preferences. Our trained tick control professionals in Damascus thoroughly inspect your property to identify areas that are potentially hospitable to ticks, and work with you to determine which vulnerable areas to treat. As a result, customers regularly get to enjoy virtually tick-free yards all season long. To prove it, we back all tick control services with our unbeatable Satisfaction Guarantee.**
Inside Tick Treatment
Use Residual Insecticides To Kill Adult Ticks: Recommended residual insecticides inside would be *FenvaStar EcoCap, Bifen IT, or *Precor2000 Plus Aerosol . Spray twice the first month every two weeks, then once a month for maintenance. Spray these products at the edges of the room and pet areas (do not spray pets with these products).
Treat where ticks reside:
- Ticks like to reside in crack and crevices, they seek hiding areas for safety
- behind baseboards
- window and door frames
- upper portions of structures
- localized areas used by dogs
- They will move to avoid detection. They don’t have the same type of larvae, like the fleas; you do not have to broadcast over the entire surface as you would spray for a flea treatment.
Outside Tick Treatment
For the outside: Bifen IT or Permethrin SFR should be applied to grassy and bushy areas near the house or kennel, the edges of lawns and gardens, under porches, and other areas where the dog travels or spends time. It is usually not necessary to treat the entire yard. One way to determine the extent and locations of tick presence is by using a white cloth such as a pillow case. Drag it along the grass, and brush it up onto foliage. Stop to check the presence of the ticks. Shrubbery up to a height of 2-3 feet should be sprayed. Nonchemical methods of treatment include keeping the grass mowed, removal of bushy areas and fencing to keep deer away.
The dog must be treated with a product labeled for ticks. Fipronil, Permethrin and Pyrethrins are common active ingredients for tick control on dogs or cats.
Our Damascus Ohio Tick Pest Control Service Guarantee
Our Tick Control Services are backed by the Dewey Brothers Guarantee. If you’re not 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right. It’s that simple.*
Call George Fetters Pest Control today at 1-888-459-9611 for more information about our Tick Control Services for residential locations in Damascus, OH.
Preventing Ticks In Your Yard
There are several steps you can take to create a “tick-safe zone” on your property. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should:
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
Call and Schedule a Treatment today with George Fetters Tick Pest Control Services at 1-888-459-9611