Ticks are at the top of the list when it comes to insects that produce the biggest nuisance. A tick’s bite causes extreme pain and economic losses in domestic animals. Their bite also causes a great deal of discomfort to people who work and play in tick infested areas. However the most disturbing attribute of ticks in Oklahoma is that they are responsible for transmitting several diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and Tick Paralysis to animals and humans. Tick bites can cause itching, swelling and an inflamed condition to skin of the person who has been bitten. Tick bites are also responsible for secondary bacterial infections. Oklahoma provides ample resources for ticks to survive, so it is essential that we do all we can to protect ourselves from their harmful bites.
Spinose Ear Ticks Biting Humans, Horses, Cattle, Dogs & Cats
One of the most common ticks found in the state of Oklahoma is the spinose ear tick. The spinose ear tick is a common pest among horses, cattle and other animals, both wild and domestic. Humans have also been known to be attacked by this species of tick. The tick is found in the ear canals of its host, earning its name, the ear tick. In animals, large number of ear ticks are responsible for severe irritation, inflammation and even deafness of the animal. Cattle that have been infested with the ear tick experience a flop eared condition. If you work in a heavily wooded area or with livestock, be sure to check yourself for ear ticks to avoid any sickness or infection.
Protect Yourself from Ticks & Transmitted Diseases Such as Lyme Disease & Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Ticks are a dangerous insect to come into contact with so it is important to take every precaution to keep you and your family safe. Avoid heavily infested tick areas, especially in the spring and early summer, which we are in the middle of. If you go out hiking or camping, be sure to stay on cleared or prepared trails or paths. Avoid tall grasses or bushy overgrown areas. Also avoid areas that are heavily covered with leaf litter. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid areas that ticks would be attracted to. Remember that ticks can latch onto you from a branch, plant or bush. If you do plan on going into a heavily wooded area or trail, wear light colored clothing so ticks can easily be identified if they latch onto your clothes. Wear long pants and tuck pant legs into boots or high socks. After your outing, be sure to check thoroughly for ticks on yourself and your family members.
Tick Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Cushing, Muskogee, Tahlequah, Okmulgee, Wilburton, Eufaula, McAlester, Broken Arrow, Glenpool & Tulsa OK
Other tick species found in Oklahoma include the fowl tick, black-legged tick, winter tick, lone star tick, Gulf Coast tick, American & brown dog ticks. If you notice ticks on your property or near your home, contact Pied Piper Services today.