Finding ticks in your home can be alarming. The last thing you want is for them to come near you, your family, or your pets. It's essential to determine where the ticks are coming from and if there is an infestation in your home. Here's what can be done to ensure your family and home are safe.
Determine How the Ticks Got Inside
Typically, ticks make their way indoors by traveling on your clothing or on your pets. Carefully check your pets for ticks. If you don't see any, ask everyone in the house if they have been in a grassy or wooded area where there might be ticks. Check the clothing in the dirty clothes hamper for ticks as well. If you live in a wooded area, they may have made their way inside because they live nearby.
Even if you don't see ticks on the clothing, throw it in the dryer. Drying clothing for at least a few minutes on high will kill any ticks hiding in clothes. Remember that you need to dry all the clothes that have come into contact with the dirty clothes as well. This means throwing all the dirty laundry through a cycle in the dryer and then not putting it back with other dirty clothing to avoid exposure.
Vacuuming is an easy way to get rid of ticks and eggs. After vacuuming, empty the vacuum into a plastic bag, tie it tightly, and throw it away. This guarantees that ticks will not crawl back out of the vacuum.
Contact an Exterminator
Although you've taken steps to remove any ticks you've seen, it doesn't mean the problem is gone. You should always contact an exterminator to evaluate your home and determine if there is a tick infestation. They have the necessary tools and experience to get rid of them once and for all. Exterminators will spray your home to ensure that whatever is living in your home will die. On average, a female tick can lay up to 5,000 eggs at once. So, it's important to get rid of the problem before it gets worse.
These were just a few things you can do to clear your home of ticks. Don't forget to contact a pest control company to inspect your home! If you're looking for a trusted company with expert exterminators, contact Essential Pest Control today. We are committed to providing high-quality services to our customers.