About Tick Service
Ticks are a threat to you and your pets, and you don’t want to look the other way if you value the health of your furry friends. The experts at HPC can come to your property and treat it for ticks as soon as you give us a call. We stand behind our service and promise to give you dependable solutions you can trust, and you won’t have to worry about these pests once we are on the job. When you see the results we provide with your own eyes, you will know calling us was the right move.
Ticks wait at the edge of grass blades or the ends of plants until a host comes within range, and they then latch onto the host and begin feeding. The amount of time a tick spends feeding on a single host depends on the type of tick and several other factors. Left undisturbed, an adult female can feed for up to ten days before falling off the host.
The biggest problem with ticks is that they spread several harmful pathogens to their hosts, and both you and your pests are at risk if you don’t respond to the threat. Among the diseases spread by ticks are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. In rare cases, a tick bite can infect the victim with the Powassan virus, which impacts the brain and causes confusion, trouble speaking, loss of coordination and more.
Keep Ticks at Bay
You are not out of luck if you want to keep ticks away from you and your pets, and you can even achieve impressive results if you use the right approach. If you would like to keep ticks away from your yard, proper lawn maintenance is a great place to start.
Cutting your grass and keeping weeds under control is a powerful step in the right direction for anyone who would like to combat ticks and the issues they cause. Each time you step outside your home, remember that your clothes can impact your odds of a tick bite. When you go outside, tuck your pants into your socks to make it much harder for ticks to get onto your skin. Tucking your pants, though, is not always enough to keep the pests at bay. You can use chemical repellents to keep the parasites off you, and you can buy collars that keep them off your furry friends.
Why You Need an Expert
The steps you take to keep ticks under control help, but they won’t give you the same results you would get from an expert. By enlisting a pest control professional, you give yourself access to reliable solutions that put your worries to rest. Rather than just keeping the pests off you, a pest control expert can rid your yard and home of ticks and prevent them from coming back. Contacting an expert is the only safe option when you want to know you are in the best possible hands.
Since a single bite from a tick could be enough to infect you with a disease, you can’t afford to take chances. Let HPC come to your property and take care of ticks and any other pests that try giving you a hard time. We use a proven approach and the latest equipment in the industry, and you will be pleased with the outcome. Our past and current clients know they can count on us for pest control solutions that won’t let them down. If you would like to have a tick-free property, call HPC to reach out for your FREE quote.
Home Preparation Guide for Tick Service
If you, the customer, can assist us in proper preparation of your home prior to tick service, HPC will provide the maximum effectiveness for your dollar.
If your home is not properly prepared, HPC and its service personnel may decline to service, reschedule service, or void service guarantee.
Our products have a flushing action and do not kill the ticks upon contact. Therefore, do not be alarmed if ticks are seen 2-3 days after service. You should see more ticks as the flushing action brings them out of hiding and causes them to be exposed to the residue spray of our products.
- Clean & vacuum all floor surfaces. CARPET needs to be deeply vacuumed to pick up ticks and egg deposits. TILE & LINOLEUM surfaces should be swept and mopped prior to service.
- All floor areas should be made available for treatment. Throw rugs, pillows, and toys should be picked up. Closets should have shoes, clothing and stored items off the floor.
- Avoid walking barefoot on treated surfaces for approximately 2 weeks after service.
- If small children are in the house, have them wear long pants if they are playing on the floor for at least 1-2 weeks after service. Use a sheet to cover floor if child is in diapers, shorts, etc.
- Do not mop or steam clean floors until after complete service (initial & follow-up). Then avoid mopping for at least one week, after which use just clear water. If detergent cleaner is used, it will remove our products residual and reduce effectiveness of treatment.
- If you have aquariums, fish bowls, etc., air pumps are to be shut off for approximately 4-6 hours and the top of the tank covered with plastic coverings. Bird and other caged pets need to be placed outside the residence or removed prior to treatment.
- Dog dishes, toys, etc., need to be picked up.
- Furniture that pets sleep on or near should be vacuumed.
- Remove bedding from beds and wash in 180 degrees water.
- If residence is to be fogged, arrange to vacate the house for no less than 3-4 hours after service.
- Computer keyboards and other computer equipment including processing units to be covered or removed.
- Your yard also needs to be prepared. If on automatic watering system, shut off system for approximately 3 days. In summer, soak yard the day before service to protect your landscaping form the heat.
- Payment for service is to be made at time of service unless your are an established monthly customer, in which case, it will be billed to your account.
For Your Information
The average tick development can take from 40-160 days from egg to mating adult. Adults remain on the host to feed and mate. After feeding, the ticks molt their skins and detach from the host. Then, they seek hidden areas to remain until the next feeding cycle. After mating on the host, the female will deposit from 1200-3000 eggs in her hidden harborage. Ticks are capable of living for extended periods after engorging. While the Brown Dog Tick is commonly found only on domestic dogs, they will attach to any warm blooded mammal, including humans. They are not known to carry Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but they can transmit other viral or bacterial agents to the host. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly treat all harborage areas more than once.