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When bugs get into a home, they can create many problems. Termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-destroying organisms chew on support timbers and create serious structural issues. Carpet beetles, silverfish, clothing moths, and other destructive insects eat away at our belongings. And cockroaches, mice, and disease-carrying pests spread illness. Ticks fall into this last category, and of all the pests that can make us sick, ticks are one of the worst. For this reason alone it is important to have a professional deal with a tick infestation. But it is only the tip of the iceberg. Let's look at this and other reasons it is best to call a professional when ticks appear.

Are ticks really dangerous? The CDC thinks so. In a recent article, we discussed a tick & mosquito warning issued by the CDC regarding an increase in mosquito and tick diseases. In it we gave recommendations for avoiding tick bites but we didn't go into depth about the diseases spread by these pests. If you're not aware, ticks are linked to the spread of Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever, babesiosis, tularemia, Southern tick-associated rash illness, and anaplasmosis. Some of these are serious illnesses that can have lifelong implications. Tick control should never be left to an untrained and inexperienced individual.

Ticks are a complicated pest problem. You are probably aware that dogs and cats can bring them into a home, but many people don't know that mice and rats can do this as well. A professional understands how they get in and how they spread around inside a home. After a DIY treatment, you are likely to find yourself perplexed by the reappearance of ticks. An educated and experienced pest control technician will make sure you use a complete tick-control solution.

Before ticks come into your home, they hide in shaded locations around your home. They are brought into these areas by wildlife seeking the safety of your landscaping and harborage options. Professionals understand this. They know that ticks rarely squeeze in through holes in the foundation of a home or entry points in exterior walls. They ride in on animals. One of their focuses will be to control rodents and other wildlife around your foundation perimeter.

Reducing ticks in shaded locations around a home requires an application of product designed specifically to control these pests. This is best done by a professional. A trained pest control technician knows which products will have the most impact on ticks without harming dogs, cats, and kids that move around in your landscaping. When the right product is applied to the right locations, it is possible to drastically reduce ticks.

It is hard to remember everything we're supposed to do in a day. Even if you know what products to apply to your foundation perimeter and where to apply them, remembering to do treatments can become a problem. Your technician will have you scheduled for routine treatments. You don't have to spend any time thinking about it.

When you have a professional take care of ticks around your home, they can also take care of a long list of other pests that can cause harm to your property and your health. If you bundle pest programs together, you can really save.

There is a lot a homeowner can do to guard against pests: reduce moisture and standing water around the home; trim vegetation to allow sunlight in; remove objects that provide harborage for animals that carry ticks; fence in areas where pets play outside; seal garbage to resist wildlife pressures; and more. But, for effective control of ticks, a routine application of pest-control products is the best solution.

If you live in New Jersey, and you have not yet invested in pest control for your Jersey home, reach out to Arrow Pest Control for a free estimate. We'll send a certified pest control professional to your home and help you figure out what pest pressures you're dealing with.

Ticks are a serious health threat for humans and their furry family members. Don't trust tick control to an untrained person. Call a professional and get your protection in place today.  



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