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Ticks: How Serious Are They?

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Finding a tick in or around your home can leave you feeling worried and panicked. Rightly so. There are many health risks for both your pets and your family. Aside from being a nuisance, ticks can transmit up to 15 different diseases, viruses and infections.

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tick borne diseases to the CDC. The mid-western United States, including Michigan, are considered high-risk for Lyme disease. Ticks are responsible for most cases of Lyme disease, in fact, reported numbers of cases of Lyme disease has tripled in the past two decades. They also responsible for carrying other diseases including babesiosis, and anaplasmosis, and these diseases have more than doubled over the past twenty years.

While most cases of ticks are brought in by Rover or Fluffy, they can come into the home in several ways. Ticks can attach themselves onto fur, clothing, or skin. While these pests often come indoors on pets, they frequently indicate another problem such as household pests like rats and mice. Finding a tick might also indicate a stray animal (opossum, raccoon, coyote, etc.) is living near your home. Brown ticks, are an example of the tick species that survives and reproduces quite well inside. Ticks can live up to two years in dark areas, without professional treatment.

Despite your best efforts in avoiding and getting rid of ticks, tick infestations often require a professional exterminator. Our team of exterminators at Presidio Pest Management can not only help prevent an infestation with our specialized equipment and pesticides, we also have an in depth knowledge of ticks’ habitats and behaviors. We are able to locate the ticks very quickly and help prevent a future tick infestation, so you can get back to enjoying your home, pets and family.

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