As more people head outdoors to dine, play, camp and visit these days, ticks are licking their chops! While ticks are most often a problem in warm weather, they pose a threat year-round due to their resilience in all different types of climate conditions. And Texas winters are not all that harsh.
Ticks are not only found in the wilderness, but are able to live quite well inside your home. They feed on the blood of a host – humans, wild animals, farm animals, pets, birds or reptiles – which makes them grotesque, but also very adaptable. The way they feed is rather disgusting, but it’s the diseases they can carry and spread which makes them dangerous.
One of the most common in the Texas area is the brown dog tick, which prefers canine hosts. They live quite well indoors on your pet or in his kennel. Very prolific, the brown dog tick can lay up to 4,000 eggs at a time.
Another tick found largely in Texas is the cattle tick, which – you guessed it – primarily chooses cattle as its host of choice, but also will feed on horses, sheep, goats, dogs and cats.
AgriLife says there are 11 common tick species in Texas. If you come into contact with a tick and need to identify it, you can use the TAMU Tick App.
What all ticks have in common is that they transmit diseases, the most well-known being Lyme disease. This is detected by the appearance of a rash but may also include fever, headache and tiredness. If untreated, symptoms may extend to joint pain, severe headache with neck stiffness or heart palpitations. Many other tick-transmitted diseases are common in the U.S. The CDC recommends using insect repellent, using pesticides and removing ticks as soon as possible.
Due to the serious nature of tick-borne illnesses, the best course of action is preventing them. Here are some tips:
Inspection and early detection. Frequent visual assessments of family, canines and wildlife followed by appropriate action.
Use fencing and/or landscape design to exclude and restrict access by stray animals onto residential premises. Be sure not to use plants that attract deer and other wildlife.
Keep bird feeders and play equipment in a open area and away from potentially infested vegetation and weeds, kennels and storage units.
Mow lawn grass regularly.
Begin a routine residential pest control program of a repeated combination of non-chemical and chemical treatments to achieve lasting results.
Are ticks ticking you off? Time to get help from a pest control professional.
Cypress Creek Pest Control has been providing quality and dependable service to Houston homes, agencies, schools, and local businesses since 1968. We are one of the largest independently owned full-service pest control companies in the state of Texas.
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14:37 08 Sep 23
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20:06 04 Sep 23
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21:41 01 Sep 23
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17:32 01 Sep 23
They had to comeback a second time, however they were very quick to do so the next day. I’d use them again
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Tech was out of the house in less than 5 minutes, hope he covered all areas in the house
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Bob was professional, prompt & courteous as is the office staff. Bob listened to where my ant problem was and treated accordingly.
17:58 27 Aug 23
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16:56 26 Aug 23
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19:29 24 Aug 23
Cypress Creek Pest Control was recommended to me by a good friend who has used them for several years in the Houston area. I was pleasantly surprised that they come all the way out to Fulshear! Mr. Steve was very professional and kind while he explained the process of what he was going to do as it was my first visit. GREAT JOB!! I will recommend to others for sure! Very happy 😃
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21:30 23 Aug 23
We requested the services of Cypress Creek Pest Control for an infestation of German cockroaches we had in the kitchen. They did an excellent job finishing them off. In the three scheduled visits they made to us, they were always very professional, explaining in detail what they were going to do and the objective of each step. I highly recommend them.
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CCPC massively slowed down the ANT invasion. But we did notice some stragglers 4 days after spray. Nothin like it was. Based on their process of waiting 7-10 days it has been an improvement. Hoping I don’t have to call them back to respray.
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20:39 22 Aug 23
First time user, I have to say great service.
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Awesome service! Had a huge wasp problem on our back lawn digging nest all over. They came out right away and took care of it. Wasps appear to be gone! Thank you!! Great price & very professional.