Despite popular opinion, it is a fallacy to think that ticks aren’t a problem here in the South. While we do not have nearly the amount of Lyme disease or deer ticks (the main vector of Lyme) as the Northeast, we have our own tick-borne diseases to worry about. And Lyme disease definitely exists here, but in South Carolina and Georgia, the more common tick-borne diseases are actually Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, both of which can also affect our pets.
Keeping our customers safe from bug-borne illnesses is our highest priority, whether mosquito, tick, or something else. Mosquito Squad’s barrier treatment and misting systems are just as effective on ticks as they are mosquitoes — reducing their population in your yard by nearly 90%. Unlike other pest control companies we do not up-charge for your Savannah or Hilton Head standard tick control.
As we mentioned, Lyme disease is more common in the Northeast than here in South Carolina, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The black legged tick, also known as the “deer tick,” is the one primarily responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease. A tell-tale sign of the illness in humans is a “bullseye" rash that occurs at the site of the tick bite, though not everyone infected with Lyme disease displays it.
Symptoms of Lyme disease range from joint pain, lethargy, and lameness to a decreased appetite and fever. Signs of infection can take months to appear. Among the diseases that ticks can carry, Lyme disease is by far one of the most well-known tick-borne diseases affecting not only dogs, but also cats, and many wild animal species. Note that animals do not get the obvious bullseye rash common in humans at the bite site of a tick carrying Lyme disease, which makes it more difficult to diagnose.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is transmitted by the American dog tick, the wood tick, and the Lone Star tick. Unlike Lyme disease, RMSF shows symptoms rather quickly — usually only a couple days after being bitten. This disease gets its name from a rash that starts around the wrists and ankles and spreads throughout the body, but sometimes that’s not the first symptom to manifest. It could take a week for the rash to show, while in the meantime you’re experiencing other symptoms like fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach and muscle pain, and lack of appetite.
Ehrlichiosis is transmitted by the Lone Star tick, known by the white dot on its back (hence the name — it has nothing to do with Texas). This tick-borne disease is extremely serious and common here in the Southeast and potentially fatal. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, muscle pain, malaise, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, conjunctival injection (red eyes), and sometimes rash. Ehrlichiosis is unfortunately the most common and one of the most dangerous tick-borne disease organisms known to infect dogs. Symptoms in dogs may not surface for months after transmission, and can include fever, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, runny eyes and nose, nose bleeds and swollen limbs.
Just like our mosquito treatment, we treat the perimeter of your yard first with our traditional barrier spray, working our way inward, being sure to cover all surface areas, including places ticks are known to hide, like tall grass, leaf piles, wood piles. A barrier treatment alone will eliminate nearly 90% of adult ticks on contact and continue to eliminate them for up to three weeks.
In severe tick infestations, we take it a step further and get a little help from our furry friends by implementing tick tubes. These are small, biodegradable tubes that are stuffed with a cotton treated with a mild insecticide called permethrin. We place tick tubes strategically around your property where mice and other small animals like squirrels will find them. They like to use cotton to cozy up their nests, and when they find the cotton in these tubes, they take it back home. When they do, the permethrin rubs off on their fur.
Most ticks actually acquire diseases from these small critters. And it’s usually the ticks in their larva or nymph stages of life that do so. When one of these younger ticks tries to get their blood meal from a small animal that has taken the cotton, they’re soon eliminated. Don’t worry, permethrin doesn’t harm the animal — they end up being stealthy little helpers in halting the life cycle of ticks to reduce their population in your yard drastically. Mosquito Squad’s Savannah – Hilton Head tick control is the most effective tick control on the market.
As your authority in private mosquito control, tick control, and plenty of other bugs, we firmly stand behind all of our products and services. However if you’re not satisfied for any reason, please let us know. We’ll either give your property an additional treatment or offer your money back.
If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible. The best way for tick removal is by using pointy tweezers. Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull upward in a steady motion. See the video below.
(Video courtesy of the TickEncounter Research Center.)
Avoid crushing the tick’s body. Do not use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products such as peppermint oil, as these are not proven to be effective and can actually be harmful.
A tick’s natural response to stress is to spew out of its mouth, which would prematurely infect you with whatever bacteria or parasite it may be carrying.
After tick removal, cleanse the skin with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.