Even if you’ve never seen one, you no doubt have heard of the tiny, blood-sucking creature known as a tick. Notorious for carrying disease, these tiny arachnids can latch onto your pets and stay there for days before you even notice them. For this reason, it is important to have a tick control plan in place for your yard.
Why Ticks Are Dangerous
Ticks can cause serious health issues for your pets. Most often, the spot where they feed will become irritated and rarely, they will feed so much that your pet becomes anemic. Ticks carry Lyme disease, which causes arthritis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which causes fever and lameness. Female ticks can even emit a toxin that could cause your pet to become paralyzed.
The Dangerous of Chemicals
While there are plenty of pest control options available, many of them use chemicals that are just as dangerous to your pets, if not more so. When misused, synthetic pesticides can be very harmful to humans, too. Some research has shown that synthetic insecticides may lead to Alzheimer’s or ADHD. The chemicals are also bad for the environment, including certain plants.
Other Options to Try
Luckily, you can still fight ticks and other pests with organic options. This type of tick control is not harmful to pets, humans or the environment. Hiring a pest control company that specializes in organic methods as well as provides the necessary lawn care, such as weed control, to ensure pests don’t find their way back onto your property. Outside of organic options, you can be diligent about keeping your lawn mowed and cleaning up any space where pests may try to hide.
When hiring a lawn care or pest control company for tick control, research it first. Ensure it uses pet- and child-safe products, has an excellent online reputation and provides high-quality customer service.