What Denham Springs Property Owners Ought To Know About Ticks
November 13, 2020
Louisiana is home to several pest ticks. We have the American dog tick, the brown dog tick, the infamous blacklegged tick, the appropriately named Gulf Coast tick, and the abundant lone star tick. Let's take a moment to look at each of these and touch on the facts you need to know most about them.
American Dog Tick
These ticks prefer to feed on domesticated canines. If you have a dog, you can have trouble with American dog ticks. While bites are rare, their ability to cause tick paralysis make these ticks a serious threat when they get into Denham Springs homes. They're also known to spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
Brown Dog Tick
This is another tick species that prefers to feed on the blood of domesticated canines but, unlike the American dog tick, these ticks can live in your Louisiana home permanently. In fact, it is the only tick that can complete its reproductive cycle indoors. This can make them particularly difficult to exterminate. And, while they don't prefer to bite humans, they can and do bite humans. The disease linked to this tick is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Also known as deer ticks, these are perhaps the most infamous ticks in the United States, though they shouldn't be. All of the ticks that we're discussing today are able to spread serious diseases that have the potential to be life-threatening. What makes blacklegged ticks so well known is their ability to spread Lyme disease, which can have lifelong medical implications. They also commonly spread babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, B miyamotoi and Powassan virus.
Gulf Coast Tick
These ticks readily bite humans and are common in the Gulf Coast region. They are most known for their ability to spread Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis. Data is currently limited as to the extent of this tick's ability to spread other diseases, but concern in growing.
Lone Star Tick
This is another tick species that readily bites humans. It is common for seed ticks of this species to be so numerous that dozens can attach to your skin. If your child comes in with dozens of tiny dark specks on his legs, you might want to look a little closer. They could be lone star ticks. Diseases spread by lone star ticks include Bourbon virus, STARI, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and Heartland virus.
There are some things you can do around your Dednam Springs home that can reduce tick habitats and populations. Here are some suggestions:
Keep your grass cut low.
Trim bushes and shrubs.
Remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping.
Trim tree canopy in areas that are densely shaded.
Rake leaves up and remove them from around your exterior.
Remove objects from your yard that animals can use as hiding places.
Create a fenced-in play area for your dog(s).
Restrict wildlife activity in your yard and around your home by putting your trash in secured receptacles, installing fencing to protect food sources and harborage sites, and removing food options near your home, such as placing bird feeders at least 20 feet from your exterior walls.
The best protection from tick-borne diseases is to have treatments applied around your Dednam Springs home that target ticks and prevent ticks from developing. This is where the pest control team at W.O.L.F. Pest Control can help. Reach out to us and ask us about how we can help you protect your family from tick-borne diseases. We're here to assist you with all your pest control needs, and we offer essential protection for your health and property.