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Everything You Need To Know About Ticks

tick up close on skin

Tick season is officially underway and it is around this time of year that we start seeing more and more of them in our yard. As homeowners, we would do just about everything we can to try to avoid them. It’s simple…the more you know about ticks, the better chance you have of avoiding and detecting them. 

It is crucial that we know what we are looking for and how to identify ticks if we come across them. Ticks have flat, oval-shaped bodies that become larger and more rounded after feedings. They are usually about 1/8th of an inch long and orange-brown to reddish-brown, however, they may appear blueish-gray after feeding. Ticks are most likely to be hiding in wooded areas, tall grass, and in shrubs. It’s not uncommon for ticks to go unnoticed. Make sure to carefully check your family members and pets for ticks whenever you come inside after being out in the yard, don't forget to have someone check you out as well.

If you’ve been bitten by a tick you will notice some variation of a red spot at the bite location depending on the kind of tick it was that bit you. It’s important that as soon as you notice a tick bite or think you may have been bitten that you receive medical attention. Certain types of ticks are known to spread a wide variety of very serious and dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated promptly. 

As mentioned before, the best form of prevention against ticks is to know as much about them as you can. By knowing what they look like, where they are found, and what to watch out for, you can do your best to avoid them. The problem is that ticks are difficult to keep out of your yard with just DIY tactics. The only sure way to eliminate them is through the use of regular services from your local pest control professionals. For homeowners in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, Big Blue Bug Solutions is your answer.

We offer tick control solutions that combine a variety of methods to reduce the number of ticks in your yard by 90% all season long! Here at Big Blue Bug Solutions, we want to help you take back your yard. To learn more about ticks and our service plans, contact us today!