Tick Treatments in St Louis, MO
If you’ve lived in the St. Louis area for any length of time then you know that ticks can be a real problem. In recent years because of our mild winters the problem has multiplied. Now more than ever is the time to be vigilant in providing tick protection for your family and pets. These insects are not only annoying but can carry serious diseases as well.
Ticks live in moist, humid environments especially near wooded and grassy areas. They go through four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult. After hatching from the eggs, they must eat blood at every stage to survive. Pests that require this many hosts can take up to 3 years to complete their full life cycle, and most will die because they don’t find a host for their next feeding.
Just like mosquitoes, ticks seek out their hosts through body heat and odors along with detecting moisture and vibrations. They often wait for a host in a position called “questing.” They sit on leaves with their top two legs outstretched waiting to cling onto a passing animal. When a tick finds a host, it settles in and inserts its mouthparts to begin feeding.
Ticks are often found in these areas of the body:
- Under the arms
- Around the ears
- Inside the belly button
- Around the hair
- Between the legs
Effective Tick Treatments in St Louis, MO
Always remember to check for ticks after any activities in areas where they live. The quicker the pest can be removed, the less of a chance for infection. Most infection occurs when ticks are attached for at least 24 hours.
To remove an attached tick, wearing latex gloves use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull the tick straight out. Be sure not to twist the body. Be careful not to break the tick. Treat the bite area with rubbing alcohol. Use rubbing alcohol to kill the tick by soaking it in a container. If you encounter a nest of seed ticks (tick larvae) quickly remove clothing and bathe in warm soapy water. It’s possible to encounter thousands of these little creatures at one time!
Call Mosquito Squad for fast and reliable tick treatments in St Louis, MO and the surrounding areas.