Most people don’t think about the dangers of pests until the danger is staring them right in the face. With ticks, that danger comes in the form of itchy red welts on the skin. You definitely want to know how to avoid parasitic pests before one decides to take a bite out of you. However, it’s also important to know how to monitor symptoms after a bite, since ticks themselves are well-known transmitters of certain diseases. Lucky for you, we’ve got this comprehensive article with information on exactly what you need to know.
The Dangers Of Tick Bites
While not every tick bite leads to Lyme Disease or some other illness, it only takes one unlikely bite to become infected with some nasty diseases. Ticks are parasites, feeding off the blood of people and animals to leech the nutrients they need to survive. It’s their feeding habits that make them such dangerous spreaders of diseases. Parasites like ticks and mosquitoes can take a pathogen from one bloodstream and plant it directly into the next warm-blooded host they find. That’s why you should never underestimate the danger of a pest just because of its small size. Some of the most dangerous creatures in the world aren’t the big, scary animals we tend to think of. Rather, they are the tiny parasites that carry biological hazards.
What To Do If Bitten
While you can protect yourself temporarily by covering your arms and legs or using topical sprays and treatments that ward off biting pests, it’s still important to know how to properly act when a tick bite occurs. Unlike other types of bugs, ticks don’t simply bite and move on. They instead latch onto the skin, burying their head in to draw out blood. That means you have to be careful how you react. It's important to remove ticks promptly while being careful to not increase your risk of exposure to the contaminants in their bodies. Use fine-point tweezers to pry them off without squeezing their bodies or causing their head to break off under the skin.
Further Warning Signs To Watch For
You also need to know what side effects to watch for 48 hours or so after a tick bite. All of the following are early symptoms to be aware of:
- Fever/Chills: The first sign of a tick-borne illness is often a fever. This higher than usual body temperature can cause chills.
- Nausea: Another early symptom is nausea, often accompanied by light-headedness. If you notice these symptoms following a tick bite, seek medical attention immediately.
- Stiffness: This one usually follows the others, but some people don’t notice the symptoms of a worsening tick bite until the stiffness comes to your limbs. While this is often specifically a sign of Lyme Disease, all kinds of tick or mosquito-borne illnesses can have this side effect.
Let Experts Keep You Safe
While you can take steps to protect yourself when you’re outdoors and at greater risk of a tick bite, what do you do if a tick population is right out in your yard? Call the experts, of course. Rather than putting yourself in harm’s way by trying to get rid of them on your own, instead, contact Redding Spray Service to quickly eliminate tick populations around your property. Our effective treatments don’t just eliminate existing pest populations, they shield your property from future infestations, too. We don’t just protect your home from ticks, either. Get started on overall protection from biting pests by contacting Redding Spray Service today.