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Keep Ticks Out of Kansas City Yards

As they say in the Game of Thrones, summer is coming. Summer means gardening, grass mowing, going to walks in parks, and just chilling on your deck.  Kansas City loves the summer, with smell of BBQ in the air. This is the best time to be in Kansas City!

Tick Bites in Kansas City

 

The thing with ticks is they can latch onto you without you knowing, and given their propensity to spread disease, that is the last thing you want. The good news is, with just a few simple prevention tips and techniques, you can decrease your chances of being bitten by a tick. That way you can spend your summer enjoying the weather, not worrying about ticks.

What To Know About Ticks

There are two species of ticks encountered in Missouri and the surrounding areas. Lone star tick and American dog tick.  Another species of tick is called the brown dog tick. You can find the brown dog tick associated with the domestic dog. The brown dog tick feeds on dogs and dogs can carry them into your home. 

1/4 of an inch is the normal size of the ticks. Their bodies are flat and really don’t have a head but mouth parts projecting from the front part of the body. They posses eight legs and bodies that are black and brown in color. Like a bed bug they are flat until they feel up on blood, and then they become enlarged.The females swell as the males do not during feeding. The female drink large amounts of blood as the male drink small amounts

Ticks tend to stay close to the ground in wooded and grassy areas. This is why you should wear long paints when walking in a park wooded areas. they can attach to you and your pets without you knowing it.

Does Ticks Carry Disease?

Tick bites may be the lesser of the problem. What transpires after the bite is whats troubling. The diseases that ticks may spread include, but are not limited to, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, Alpha-Gal (red meat) allergy, ehrlichiosis, and Powassan virus. Symptoms of tick bites may include fever, fatigue, headache, aching joints, nausea and a small red bump at the site of the bite.

American Dog Tick in Kanas City

American Dog Tick

ticks in kansas city

Lone Star Tick

How To Keep Ticks Away From Your Home

Given the laundry list of diseases that ticks are known to spread, knowing and utilizing a few techniques that make your property less attractive to them goes a long way in protecting you and your family.

Some of the best ways to keeps ticks away from your yard and home are to:

  • Tall grass is perfect for tick harborage. Trim grass
  • Remove organic matter from around home such as leaves.
  • Move woodpiles away from the foundation of your home.
  • Keep wooded areas back from your leaving area of yards.
  • Never leave garbage bins without lids.
  • Keep plant beds away from home. Keep them groomed
  • Do not let hanging clothes touch the ground as they may contact ticks..
  • These tips will certainly keep ticks from entering your home as well as attaching to you unknowingly..

The Best Way To Deal With Ticks On Your Property

The tips will be very beneficial to reducing your risk of any tick bites, the best way to keep your property safe from ticks is to contact the professionals here at Truly Green Pest Control. We’ll help you identify and remedy any problem areas around your home so that you only have to worry about how you’re going to spend your summer and not worry about ticks in Kansas City.