Ticking Time Bombs: How Ticks Get Into Your Home

Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that often carry dangerous diseases. They can easily sneak into a home and turn a small colony into a major infestation if they survive long enough to reproduce. That is a big problem for the residents, which is why everyone should try to learn a few things about ticks and how to deal with them.

How Ticks Get In

Ticks are much less agile than the average insect. They can’t fly and they don’t jump like many other pests, but they do love to cling to things. The problem usually starts when an animal picks up a few ticks while it is outdoor. Both pets and uninvited guests, such as mice, can be the culprits. The ticks cling to the animal and eventually spread through the house once the host brings it into the building.

Why Infestations Matter

A tick infestation makes a home less comfortable. Most people hate to see little bugs crawling all over their furniture and their clothes. They can also bite people or pets to drink their blood, which is a very uncomfortable experience. They can also introduce medical problems, and that is what upgrades them from a nuisance to a serious threat.

Many diseases spread through bodily fluids. Ticks live on blood, so they can often pick up those diseases and spread them to new hosts whenever they feed. Lyme disease is the most famous one. It causes tiredness, fevers, joint problems, and even heart palpitations in some cases. It is possible to treat the disease with antibiotics, but some people who get the treatment still experience discomfort for long periods after the fact. That means it is better to prevent it by reducing exposure to ticks.

Other diseases, such as tick fever, are rarer but can also cause serious problems. Pets are also at risk from tick bites, and some of those diseases can even be fatal. Our pets can’t tell us about their symptoms, so bites are much harder to diagnose and we often fail to treat the diseases when they show up.

Solving the Problem

There are two steps to treating a tick infestation. The first is getting rid of the ticks that are already biting, and the second is making sure that the problem doesn’t come back.

Most tick control services will rely on two treatments to deal with the pests. They start with a traditional spray, just like with a mosquito treatment. That will get rid of the adults, but it leaves the juveniles alive.

They deal with young ticks with tick tubes. They contain a tube with a cotton ball that was soaked in organic pesticide. Mice bring the cotton back to their nests, which brings it into contact with the ticks that feed on those mice. That is all it takes to stop them from growing up and making another generation of dangerous insects.