Ticks are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease, and while not all ticks bites result in infection, a large enough percentage of them are capable of transmitting serious illnesses, and that makes them creatures that you want to avoid at all costs. There are over 850 recognized species of ticks, and 100 of those species are capable of carrying and transmitting diseases on a widespread scale across the United States.
The reason why ticks are so efficient in transmitting diseases to humans is because they are able to attach firmly to our skin and slowly feed off of our blood. Many species of ticks also secrete a cement-like substance when feeding that enables them to stay in place, and some can even secrete saliva with anesthetic properties which allows them to go undetected for much longer. Lyme disease is the most common tickborne illness in the United States, and the blacklegged deer tick that carries the infection-causing bacteria is found in all states except for Hawaii. Initial symptoms are flu-like, but if left untreated, muscle paralysis, nerve damage, vision problems, heart problems and memory disorders can result over the course of months or years.
With the number of reported cases of Lyme disease rapidly rising, there has never been a more critical time to nip tick problems in the bud by hiring professionals who are trained in tick pest control. These experts can drastically and rapidly reduce the population of these troublesome arachnids from your property and make sure that you never have to deal with a tick infestation. Give yourself peace of mind by taking care of ticks before they become a problem.