Is It Worth It To Attempt DIY Tick Control In San Diego?

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Most insects and creatures are a threat, but those that drink blood from animals and humans are especially dangerous. When critters like ticks bite, it often culminates in skin inflammation, welts, and lesions. In many cases, it's possible to contract a disease. You can fight off these bugs with pest control in San Diego. 

Ticks in San Diego aren't easy to control. This is partly because they live in natural environments, which you can't dictate much. Anytime you step out, you could encounter the arachnids. DIY "do it yourself" tricks and commercial tick insecticides are rarely effective. Find out why and how Allswell Here can help you with tick control. 

Why Are Ticks Attracted To Humans?

The majority of insects and creatures consume a wide array of matter and substances—for instance, water, fruit, meat, plants, and fellow pests. Bugs like ticks take in blood alone. That said, they'll persistently target humans. Their sensors allow them to detect your sweat and the carbon dioxide you exhale. If they have an opportunity, they'll latch onto your skin. 

Two species in the area are American dog and deer ticks. Sometimes, the American subgroup is called "wood ticks." The reddish-brown arachnids have eight legs. At the largest, males are ⅕ of an inch long following a feeding. Females, on the other hand, are about ⅗ of an inch. Deer ticks are also reddish-brown and have four sets of legs, which are dark. Given this, their secondary name is "black-legged ticks." They range in size from 7/50 to ⅕ of an inch. After a feast, females may be ⅖ of an inch. 

Help! There Are Ticks On My Pet!

Just as ticks are liable to be on you, they'll go after your pets and livestock. There might be an issue if you notice that your animals are scratching themselves more than usual. Keep your eyes open for bugs, red spots, bumps, scabs, or crusty areas upon scanning their fur or skin. Tick bites can cause:

  • Anemia
  • Fever
  • Joint swelling
  • Lethargy
  • Unsteadiness
  • Weakness

Take action when you observe these symptoms. Ticks are associated with the Heartland virus, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Powassan virus, and the Lyme disease bacterium- all of which humans can become infected with. All tick bites don't set off illness, but you should remove the critters on sight with fine-point tweezers. Refrain from yanking, pulling, twisting, puncturing, or squeezing their bodies. 

DIY Tick Control Methods

Natural tick prevention usually involves making a spray for the skin with organic elements. Examples are almond oil, lemon, peppermint, orange, lavender, and cinnamon. The scent of these items repels the creepy crawlers, but there's no guarantee the agents will work every time. Retail pesticides are pricey and noxious. Solo steps that are more useful are:    

  • Mow the lawn and trim greenery on a routine basis. 
  • Discard organic debris. 
  • Put on tall socks, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and boots before going into grassy and watery zones. Always look over your skin and clothes and your pet's coat afterward.   
  • Talk about tick management for your pets with a veterinarian. 
  • Brush and wash your animal's fur regularly.
  • Contact Allswell Here if you have pets that ticks could use as hosts.

Doing these simple tasks is strongly advised to protect your well-being and your pet's. 

Let The Professionals Tick-Proof Your San Diego Yard

We at Allswell Here know how to get rid of ticks safely and thoroughly. Our knowledgeable technicians will employ sustainable and eco-friendly treatments formulated for these arachnids. We also have EPA-approved products that are essential oil-based. Call us today for a free inspection!