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Our Tick Control Company in Atlanta Examines Common Tick Misconceptions

Ticks are a nuisance and can potentially transmit serious illnesses. While there is a great deal of information available regarding how to manage ticks and what to do if they bite you, not all of it is accurate. We are here to debunk the popular tick myths, reveal why they should be avoided, and demonstrate how our tick control services assist homeowners in Sandy Springs, GA to rid themselves of these invasive pests.

From left to right: blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), bird tick (Ixodes auritulus), rabbit tick (Haemaphysalis leporispalustris) and dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis
 

Common Tick Misconceptions that Should Not be Believed.

There’s a long list of tick misconceptions out there. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them:

Ticks are only seasonally active in forests

Many people think that ticks can only survive in forests from spring to fall, but this is no longer true.

With the expanding ranges of their hosts, ticks are appearing in greater numbers close to city centers like Atlanta. Ticks are even being found in people’s backyards due to the annual reproduction of nearby populations. Unfortunately, some of these ticks have also tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

Ticks can jump

How do ticks find their way onto people? Many people described having ticks jumping on them from trees, but ticks can’t jump. Instead, they patiently sit on low vegetation or crawl around the ground, sensing a host’s carbon dioxide and heat.

Ticks search for their next meal when temperatures are above 4°C. During the winter, people think that ticks are inactive or dead because of the cold. However, if temperatures rise above freezing for several days, ticks can emerge from their dormancy, leaving us and our pets at risk.

All ticks are infected with Lyme disease

People often panic thinking they will immediately get infected with Lyme disease if they’re bitten by a tick. In some places, some ticks may not be infected at all, while others can carry a variety of less prevalent diseases besides Lyme disease, which is the most common.

For example, black-legged ticks can also transmit babesiosis and the Powassan virus. Dog ticks are well-known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Both kinds of ticks can also pass on anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis.

How Our Tick Control Company Protects Area Residents

Working with our team means getting the protection you can trust. With our proven approach and our top-notch pest control products, we make short work of active tick populations and prevent additional populations from developing in the future.

Our tick control company serves homeowners and businesses in these communities:

  • Smyrna
  • Vinings
  • Buckhead
  • Sandy Springs

To get started with our tick control, contact us today!

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