How to Get Rid of Ticks
There are many different types of Ticks. However, we will only talk about the Brown Dog Tick, the American Dog Tick, and Deer Tick. Ticks are small, reddish-brown in color and you can see the mouth from above. They are flat and shaped like a tear drop. When they get filled with blood, they will swell. All ticks are blood feeders and they can transmit many diseases. The American Dog Tick does not carry Lyme disease, however, they do spread the Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The Rocky Mountain spotted fever usually takes about 2-3 days for symptoms to appear. It will start off with a sudden fever, headache, and muscle ache. Then, a rash will usually appear on the wrists and ankles. Next, approximately on the second or third day of the fever, the rash will start to spread and expand. If you have been bitten by an American Dog Tick, then it is strongly recommended to go see a doctor because a late treatment can be fatal. Controlling American Dog Ticks can be extremely difficult because most of the pesticides labeled for outdoor use will not exterminate all of them especially if they are in large numbers. The Brown Dog Tick and Deer Tick will carry Lyme disease. When a person is bite by a Tick, they may experience flu-like symptoms and will develop a red rash shaped like a bull’s eye. Since Lyme disease can be mistaken as a flu, most of the time people ignore the symptoms. However, if it is not treated immediately, it can lead to more serious health issues. The preferred host for Ticks are dogs. However American Dog Ticks will use humans as hosts too. They will attach themselves to ears and between the toes on dogs and lay their eggs on the back, but that area is not the only place that they can. Ticks can be transferred from other dogs as well.
Ticks usually live in areas that are high in humidity and commonly found in grassy, bushy, wooded, and shaded areas.