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Most of the time, ticks can attach to their host going completely unnoticed. They do this by emitting a light numbing liquid that masks the inevitable bite. Once attached, a tick will feed on its prey for up to a week and sometimes more. The only way you should remove a tick from your skin is by grabbing the base of the tick’s head with a pair of sanitized tweezers or tick remover and lightly pulling away from the body. Once the tick is free, make sure to properly execute and dispose of the body properly and to never store it in an indoor garbage can at your home in Bourbonnais. It is important to never crush a tick with your hands because of the chance of spreading disease. The same strategy should be used if your pet has a tick attached to its skin. After the tick is disposed of, you should immediately clean the area of the bite with antibacterial soap and then cover the exposed wound. If you locate a tick on you or your animals, always work as quickly as you can to remove it, your health may depend on it.
Ticks main source of food is small mammals with the emphasis on mice. At Mosquito Squad Chicago, we have a solution that uses this to our advantage. Our “tick tubes” are filled with an insecticide coated fluff that mice like to use in their nests. Once the fibers are in the nest, the mice become coated with the insecticide and will kill any tick that the mouse comes in future contact with. This product is such a great solution because all you have to do is place it in a tucked away location in your Bourbonnais yard and let the mice do the rest.
Another effective solution for tick control is the utilization of one of our barrier sprays. All you have to do is make an appointment and we will handle the rest. One of our mosquito extermination experts will come out to identify and remove any mosquito breeding areas. If you have a pond or large water feature that is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, we will happily treat it with a larvicide to eliminate them before they become a problem. Your technician will then carry out the treatment that usually takes 30 minutes for an average yard and an additional 30 minutes for the yard to become safe to walk on. We also offer 100% eco-friendly options that are nearly as effective as our other sprays.
Your animals that you bring outdoors are also susceptible to ticks, specifically your dog. Dogs are notorious for plowing through tall grass or bushes making it easy for ticks to attach themselves to your pet’s fur. Whenever your pet comes in from being outside, it is very important that you check for ticks from its nose to its tail making sure to check everywhere so no ticks come into your home. If you find a tick attached to your dog, make sure to remove it immediately. The longer the tick is attached to your dog, the higher chance of a disease like heart worms or Lyme disease can be transmitted. You want to keep your furry friend happy and healthy and we want to help you with that. Call the experts at Mosquito Squad Chicago to set up program that would be perfect for your Bourbonnais home.