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Do you like spending time outside in the spring and summer? While these warmer seasons are a great time for you and your family members to enjoy the outdoors, ticks will be there too, hiding in the foliage of your garden and ready for a bite.
Why should you be worried about ticks? Ticks are responsible for the transmission of many diseases to both humans and animals. Out of all the arthropods, ticks spread the widest array of disease-causing organisms. When ticks feed on human blood they are capable of transmitting serious tick-borne diseases including Queensland tick typhus, Flinders Island spotted fever and Lyme disease.
Ticks are ectoparasites that live on the blood of mammals, including humans.
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Treatment for ticks is not the same for fleas. Keep your family and pets safe with effective tick treatments from Rentokil Pest Control. This usually involves broadcast treatment to exterior surrounds and garden mulch areas with synthetic pyrethroids.
For most people an infestation of ticks in the garden causes anything from a mild irritation to severe rashes and fevers with aches and pains.
Extreme cases can even result in respiratory arrest and other forms of life threatening shock reactions. The aggravation of tick bites can be avoided through knowledge of tick biology and habitats as well as methods of tick control.
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There are several things you can do to get rid of ticks if you catch the problem early enough.
Here’s our to-do list for a tick-free home
Places clothes in a hot dryer - Clothes brought in off the clothesline that are found to have ticks on them should be placed in a clothes dryer for a short time to kill the ticks.
Watch and act - If affected by large numbers of the larval tick, you should soak in a bath containing 1 cup of sodium bicarbonate for 30 minutes.
When bitten - Removing a tick from the skin should be done carefully. Using a disinfected pair of tweezers, firmly grab the tick head pulling out in a single continuous pull. WARNING: Squeezing the body of the tick may result in more toxins being injected.
DO NOT use chemicals - Under NO circumstances should any chemical like methylated spirits, petroleum jelly, tea-tree oil or turpentine be placed on the tick before removal.
Seek medical attention - If any ill effects are felt after the tick removal, consult your doctor immediately.
Be mindful - It is worth being mindful of possible tick areas alongside roads, around parks, sporting ovals and walking paths.
Ticks, through their life-cycle, live in grass and shrubs and other vegetative areas. It is from these areas that they can drop onto humans and pets that may brush past.
Most biologists place ticks and mites in a class related to both insects and spiders commonly known as acaraines. Like other insects there are four stages in the life-cycle of a tick:
There are 70 species of ticks in Australia. Tick-borne bacteria exists which can spread infection and cause allergic reactions which can sometimes be life threatening.
Your chances of disturbing the tick increase by scratching it or trying to remove it, often resulting in the injection of toxic saliva. This is what can causes allergic reactions. In some cases, these can be life-threatening, and very rarely, lead to paralysis.
Identifying a pest that you have encountered is an essential first step in dealing with any pest infestation. Pest ID helps you identify common pests.
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