Ticks are a constant presence in many warmer areas of the world, and in more temperate regions as well during the summer months. These bloodsuckers are actually a species of extremely large mite and are completely wingless. They rely on snagging a limb onto the clothing or hair of a victim passing their perch or dropping from a door frame or tree branch onto a mammal walking beneath. If you need tick control in Sydney or the greater metro area, Nationwide Pest Control provides everything you require to free yourself of these disgusting creatures quickly and effectively.
Ticks are flattened, round or oval creatures with short, hook-like legs. They crawl along floors, walls and ceilings, or wait perched on grass blades with their forelegs spread to grasp any passing victim. They can sense our presence both from our carbon dioxide emissions and from our body heat. They are persistent creatures with only one drive: to attach to a host, feed, and lay eggs.
Female ticks (the egg layers) attach their mouth parts to the skin, often making a nasty bite in the process. They suck blood and blow up like leather water balloons until they are the size of a grape, with a tiny head and legs projecting grotesquely from one end. At this point, which usually requires several days of feeding, they drop off. The female then develops eggs within herself, which eventually hatch. At this point, the female bursts open, dying as she releases hundreds of tiny ticks onto the ground near her.
The perils of tick infestation
Ticks’ rather unedifying life cycle is bad enough, but they cause a number of problems besides the fact that they are unpleasant creatures. Their bites are itchy and painful at the same time, and may continue to weep clear fluid for several months after the tick has been removed or has fallen off sated. The bite itself may become necrotic, necessitating the removal of some tissue from the area. It might also become infected and require extra treatment.
Furthermore, ticks are vectors for a range of diseases, including Australian tick typhus. Lyme disease, an extremely uncomfortable (though treatable) tickborne disease is common in the United States, and though there have been no confirmed cases in Australia, it may only be a matter of time before the illness manifests itself here as well.
Some people develop allergic reactions to tick bites, while a few suffer from a ghastly condition known as tick paralysis. Tick paralysis normally only occurs if the tick is left on the body for five days or more, at which point the animal releases a powerful nerve poison into your bloodstream. This poison paralyses the upper body and can eventually involve the lungs, killing you through asphyxiation. Check yourself frequently for attached ticks during the warmer months and remove any you find by plucking them off with tweezers, grasping them just above your skin.
If your house or yard suffer from a tick infestation, Nationwide Pest Control can offer you the best modern methods of controlling these large, dangerous mites.