Protect yourself from tick-borne diseases with our tick treatment services
Ticks are pests that one should not underestimate, due to their ability to transmit dangerous diseases to both domestic animals and people. This is why a professional tick control treatment should be considered if you reside in a location that is proven to be affected by tick infestations. Unfortunately, Brisbane and the surrounding areas fall into this category, so if you feel that your property is at risk, meaning you own a garden that can be frequented by wild animals, you live on an animal-rearing farm, and/or you have a dog or cat, then, protect yourself by resorting to a regular tick treatment service.
We work with qualified, certified and experienced pest controllers in the area, who can handle expertly tick pest infestations with high-standard results. Just get in touch with us and we’ll schedule an appointment for you for any day of the week.
The likely signs of a tick infestation in your yard
Let’s note something here. Just because you’ve spotted a tick on your dog, it doesn’t mean it got bitten while running around in your garden. Still, if you notice that your dog or cat comes indoors frequently with a blood-full, inflated nasty critter behind their ear (flea and tick spot treatment products are not always 100% effective, after all), or worse, your kid gets bitten without having been outside your property, then, consider that your garden might be infested with the health-hazardous insects. Our advice, either way, is not to wait for the above to happen, but always spray your garden, as a preventative measure, before the start of the warm weather season.
The Paralysis tick is a common species in Australia that can cause severe health problems to both pets and people. So, always check your furry friends and all family members after an outing in the countryside. Although not everyone gets them, there are some severe allergic reactions that can develop pretty fast in more sensitive people and children. One that has been described is a tick-induced mammalian meat allergy, which presents itself as an anaphylactic reaction to eating meat and animal by-products. Pets can also suffer debilitating symptoms, such as paralysis of their hind legs, fever, rapid breathing, loss of appetite, vomiting and so on.
Once you arrange your tick control treatment with us, you can expect a certified and fully-equipped pest technician to arrive and treat your yard with an effective insecticide, with long-term results. Make sure that foliage is cut back and your lawn has been mowed prior to the service to increase the efficacy of the treatment.
Consider booking our guaranteed service package that includes follow-up treatments in a space of three months. Or stay vigilant and rebook the service again when the residual effect of the insecticide no longer renders the desired protection. Generally, the recommendation is to treat outdoor spaces at least two or three times during the hot and humid season in areas, prone to tick infestations, such as the East coastline of Australia.
How to prevent tick bites
Naturally, if you suspect that your garden has become a breeding ground for the potentially dangerous insects, you should immediately act and call a tick pest control company to spray your yard. However, you should consider treatment application as a preventative course of action, as well, especially if you have children and pets. Just stay safe and book a professional tick treatment service before the onset of spring and ensure to reapply the insecticidal product again mid-summer. Note that to maximise the effect of the anti-tick product, you should keep vegetation low and your lawn - nicely trimmed and short.
To increase your family and your pet’s protection, always use a tick repellent, be it natural or store-bought, every time you plan to go out in nature. After all, you or your dog can get bitten outside your property perimeter, as well, right? Furthermore, wear long-sleeved tops and long trousers, preferably in bright colours (so you can spot the tick more easily) when out and about in parks, on a picnic, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you apply the tick treatment indoors, as well?
The tick treatment for yard and lawns is commonly applied outdoors only, as the blood-sucking insects do not thrive indoors. Even if your pet comes in with a tick, attached to its body, the insect (if unnoticed) will just drop off and die or jump again on a potential host. It will not breed or lay eggs, however, inside your property. In other words, taking comprehensive tick control measures for your yard can be considered as both a sufficient active and preventative approach, which will ensure your family and pet’s safety to a great extent.
What natural tick repellents can I use?
There are a number of natural substances that will keep ticks at bay if you spray your skin and clothes. There’s no guarantee, however, that those will kill the insects in your yard. Still, you can protect yourselves against tick bites when you venture out in nature if you spray your skin and clothing with a mixture of distilled water and your favourite essential oil (lemongrass, thyme, peppermint, geraniol, cedar, rosemary, etc.) or vinegar.
How do I remove a tick correctly?
You may come across various tick removal techniques, which involve vaseline or oil application on the bite site, anti-clockwise twisting of the insect and so on. Our advice, though, is to turn to a specialist (be it a vet for your pet or a medical expert) so that you don’t risk leaving the tick’s head still attached to the skin and cause further complications. Also, it’s always a good idea to test the tick and confirm that it does not carry a debilitating disease-causing pathogen.
Are there any Lyme disease tick transmitters in Australia?
There is a lot of controversy on the topic, as well as mixed opinions coming from medical bodies on the one hand and people who have tested positive for Lyme disease without leaving the country - on the other. The official stance at present is that Australian ticks do not carry Borrelia burgdorferi - the causative bacterial agent behind the life-threatening chronic disease. What’s been accepted by various medical and scientific research authorities is that some Australians have presented only symptoms of a “Lyme disease-like illness”.