Here’s a horror story that will make your skin crawl. A Charlottesville resident called us earlier this season about eliminating ticks in their yard. Seemed like a conversation we have daily in our part of the country. Ticks were everywhere but not just outside. Their daughter was waking up with ticks and tick bites almost nightly. They could not figure out where the ticks were coming from or getting onto their daughter. Of course with the threat of Lyme disease so high in our area, they were greatly concerned. One evening as they were putting their daughter to bed, they pulled back her blanket and saw ticks crawling all over. The ticks were coming in on their dog, and bedding down at night as the dog slept with her.
All it takes is one bite from a tick to spread Lyme disease and other vector-borne diseases. Of course you can’t tell which ticks carry diseases but the more exposure you have to them the higher your chances of contracting the disease. And you and your family are not the only ones prone to Lyme disease. Your dogs can also contract the disease. Symptoms are difficult to detect in dogs and may not even present themselves for several months. These symptoms can include leg lameness, loss of appetite, depression, and fatigue. What complicates the diagnosis even more is that these symptoms can mimic other illnesses. Cases can vary from mild symptoms all the way to kidney failure and even death if left untreated.
To keep your pets protected, tick elimination is essential. Dogs in particular spend a good amount of time outside, under tree brush and shady areas where ticks like to hide as well. Mosquito Squad of Charlottesville can help protect you and your family with our two-step approach to tick elimination. We first strategically place tick tubes on your property to eliminate the small nymph ticks hiding in rodent’s dens. The rodents find the treated cotton in our tick tubes and take it back for nesting in their den. The cotton is safe for the rodents and other animals but eliminates the tiny nymph ticks on contact. We then apply our highly effective barrier spray around the perimeter of your yard and where ticks are known to hang out. This barrier spray eliminates the adult ticks within your yard immediately and protects the property from additional ticks trying to enter. Our barrier spray keeps working effectively for up to 21-days, when we return for an additional application.
In addition to calling Mosquito Squad of Charlottesville, we also recommend you follow your veterinarian’s advice on topical treatments and talk to them about a Lyme disease vaccine for your dog. If you do find a tick on your dog, proper and immediate removal should be done with a pair of tweezers, using a firm, steady pull to remove the tick. Be careful not to jerk or twist the tick causing mouth parts to break off, which can increase your dog’s risk of contracting Lyme disease.
By combining these smart treatments, you can eliminate the risk of your pets contracting Lyme disease or any other tick-borne illnesses. Mosquito Squad of Charlottesville is happy to talk to you more about keeping your family and pets safe so give us a call today. The earlier treatment is started, the more protected your family remains.