Tick Prevention for Humans | Tick Control Fairfield

What is a tick and how do they spread disease?

Tick Prevention for Humans | Tick Control Fairfield - A tick is a wingless arachnid (a mite of the order Acarina) that can be found on any continent worldwide. Ticks are small, tick-like arthropods with eight legs and they feed on the blood of mammals, reptiles, birds, and sometimes even amphibians. Ticks belong to different species; each tick species has its own specific host preference for feeding and reproduction.

Ticks have four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. In two to three months tick larvae grow into tick nymphs which then mature until they become adults several weeks later. Adult ticks must molt to reproduce. A tick may feed on a host throughout one stage or pass from one stage to the next by dropping off the host and laying its eggs after sucking blood.

Depending on the tick, their size can be as small as a poppy seed or as big as an apple seed! Ticks use their long front legs to cling onto any part of a passing animal or human host where they then insert their short mouthparts and start feeding on body fluids such as blood. One tick can drink up to three times its weight in blood. If you find a tick on your body, remove it carefully with fine-tipped tweezers by grasping the tick as close to your skin as possible and pulling it straight out slowly. Do not twist or jerk the tick because this may cause the tick's mouth-parts to break off and remain in the wound which can lead to a tick-borne disease.

Ticks are parasites that feed on blood from mammals, reptiles, avian species, and sometimes even amphibians. Tick bites can transfer infectious diseases from one host to another but they only become infected if they have been attached for 36-48 hours or more depending on the tick species. One of the most common tick-transmitted diseases is Lyme disease (LD)

How to reduce your risk of getting bitten by a tick

1. Have a professional tick control company spray your yard for ticks. Tick Control, LLC is a top-rated pest control service in Connecticut and is well-known as the best tick company that money can buy.

2. Wear tick repellent clothing and tick repellents with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin such as boots, pants, socks, and shirts. Avoid tick-infested grassy or bushy areas when walking through the woods or tall grass. Try to follow a trail if possible and avoid sitting down on logs and stumps.

3. When you go camping wear light-colored clothing so that ticks can be more easily spotted and removed with fine-tipped tweezers before they attach securely onto your body. Remove those ticks as soon as you see them!

4. Check your clothing, yourself, and even children for tick bites before going to bed because most

What to do if you find a tick on yourself or someone else?

Health experts advise: