Ticks are very common along the warm, humid areas of the Eastern coast of Australia, including the areas of Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast. Of the more than 70 tick species in Australia, 16 of them feed off of humans. Protecting yourself, your children, and your pets against ticks is important year-round, but especially during the spring and summer months.
What are ticks?
Ticks are small arachnids that typically measure between 3 and 5 mm long. They have eight legs and feed off the blood of mammals, especially dogs, cats, and even humans. Ticks are dangerous because they can spread many different diseases. Some tick-borne diseases in Australia are rickettsia, babesiosis, brucellosis, and Queensland tick typhus. Ticks can also be responsible for serious anaphylactic allergic reactions and mammalian meat allergies. The paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus) is one of the most feared species. Its saliva contains a toxin that can disrupt the connection between nerves and muscles, leading to weakness, paralysis, and even death. Children and small pets are most at risk from this species and others.
Where are ticks found?
Ticks are very common in the bushlands of Australia. They also live in gardens and grass areas around homes. They are especially problematic in warmer months after a rainfall. Most ticks are spread by pets and other animals. The animal will run through the foliage or bush and a tick will attach to them. When the animal enters a home, the tick also does.
What are the symptoms of a tick bite?
The outcome of a tick bite can range from a mild nuisance to extremely serious consequences. Some symptoms of a tick bite may include:
- A rash that is spotted or circular
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Death (in rare instances)
How can you prevent ticks?
TIck prevention may involve personal protection methods, environmental control, and chemical interventions. You can help prevent ticks by doing the following:
- Wear light colored clothing that covers your body
- Tuck your pants into your socks
- Wear close-toed shoes
- Avoid tick infested areas
- Check yourself, children, and pets daily
- Remove excess moisture from your yard and soil
- Cut back shrubs, bushes, and other foliage
- Keep your lawn neatly trimmed and short
- Have your pets regularly treated by a trusted veterinarian
- Use an approved insecticide or pesticide to spray your garden and mulch areas
- Hire a professional pest control company to spray the exterior of your home and yard
If you have noticed a large number of ticks around your property, protect your family and pets by contacting Radar Pest Control. Our expert technicians have the tools and knowledge necessary to get rid of ticks and decrease your risk of tick-borne diseases. For Sunshine Coast Pest Control, contact Radar Pest Control today!