We are receiving unusually high rates of calls from clients regarding ticks at their homes. With the recent warmer days, ticks are quickly establishing themselves in home owners gardens much to the dislike of home owners and their pets.
Recently we completed a treatment to control ticks where our customer was finding ticks on his arms and legs after working around his yard.
Ticks only food source is blood of warm-blooded animals and all active stages require a blood meal for nutrition. The most common hosts are dogs, cats, bandicoots, echidnas and possums, however sometimes humans can also provide the nutrition they need.
Health risks and issues
Ticks are responsible for the poisoning of many native and domestic animals. The effects range from discomfort and illness to death. In humans, effects can range from mild to severe allergic reactions to paralysis. There have been recorded deaths attributed to the paralysis tick. Ticks also have the potential to spread infectious diseases, although Australia is largely free of tick borne diseases.
If you are bitten by a tick, do not touch the tick as this will make the situation worse. Follow these First Aid steps to remove the tick as quickly as possible.
Ref: Queensland Government Health
Health risks for your pets
Early signs that your pet may have come into contact with a tick include:
- Wobbly’ in the back legs or unsteady on their feet
- Change in tone of your dogs bark
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting or dry retching
- Excessive salivation
- Difficulty swallowing
- Noisy panting
If your suspect your pets are suffering from the effect of tick poisoning, please contact your local Veterinarian immediately.
How do you get rid of ticks?
Effective removal of ticks is best achieved through an Integrated Pest Management approach, which include changing the habitat and chemical control.
Top Tips – DIY
You can also follow these simple steps to help reduce ticks at your place:
- Mow lawns and attend to other habitat modifications as recommended by your technician.
- Treat pets with approved tick treatments.
- Remove children’s toys and similar items from the yard when not in use.
- Discuss other requirements with your local Amalgamated Pest Control branch. i.e., what needs to be done after treatment?
If you wish further information or advice regarding ticks, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Stanthorpe.