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How Can I Tell if I Have a Tick?

Ticks are small and many people do not realize that they have bitten by a tick until they begin to have symptoms of a tick-borne disease such as the bull’s eye rash or a fever and a headache. The shorter the time the tick is attached to you, the lower your chances of contracting an illness. This means it is important to check for ticks regularly.
Can I Feel a Tick Bite?
Generally, you will not feel the tick attach to you and bite you. While it is attached, you will not be able to tell that it is there. However, after the tick detaches it might itch. It may also be red.
Will I See a Tick?
You can see a tick when it is attached to you. However, seed ticks can be difficult to spot since they are very small. Seed ticks tend to bite in the spring, and it is important to pay close attention when looking for ticks during that time. A tick can look like a mole or a freckle, but on closer examination it will have legs.
How Do I Check for Ticks?
It is a good idea to check for ticks on a regular basis…

What Are Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Fleas? Do They Work?

If you have a flea infestation, you may be looking for a solution to help clean up the infestation as quickly as possible. However, you may be concerned about how the treatment may affect you or your pets. You may be looking for home remedies that are free from chemicals that you can do right away. It is just as important to make sure the home remedy works before you try it.
Dish Soap Trap
One suggested home remedy is to create a trap for the fleas by putting out a dish of water with dish soap in it. When the fleas jump into it, they cannot get out and they will drown. This is a completely nontoxic option. You can set several out around your house in the carpet. Fleas are more active at night and it may be best to set them out then.
While this can effectively attract adult fleas, it is not very effective at clearing up the fleas in your home. One reason is that it only deals with the adult fleas, and it does not kill the eggs or the larvae. The eggs that are currently in your home will h…

What Mosquito Repellent Is the Best?

Mosquitoes are a serious problem in the Raleigh area during the spring and summer months. It is important to protect yourself from their bites, and the best way to do this is to use an effective form of mosquito repellent. There are a number of different products on the market, but the key is to look for an active ingredient that is good at repelling mosquitoes.
DEET
The CDC recommends products that use DEET as the active ingredient. It is effective at repelling both mosquitoes and ticks. Products with DEET will have different levels of concentration in the product. If you are applying the product to children, you will want to choose one that is less than 30% DEET, but more than 10% DEET. If you are going into the woods in a heavily infested mosquito or tick area there are options that you can choose that are higher. OFF! is one product that is well-known that has DEET.
Picardin
Picardin is a relatively new product that has been proven at effectively repelling mosquitoes. Products may con…

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Do Fleas Live on People?

Flea bites can be quite easy, and when you spot them on your pet, you may be worried about all of the work that you will need to do to get rid of the fleas. You may be worried about needing to clean and treat your pets and your home. The most common flea to affect your pets is the cat flea. If you have any flea bites, you may also be wondering if you need to treat yourself or your family for fleas.
While cat fleas do feed on humans, they do not live on them. After feeding they will jump off of you to look for a new victim. This means you do not need to worry about treating yourself or family members when you begin dealing with a flea infestation. Clearing up the infestation on your pets and in your home will solve the flea problem.
Treating Your Pets
The first step is treat your pets for fleas. You can give them a bath in flea shampoo and then use a flea comb to remove the rest of the fleas from their fur. This treatment will kill any adult fleas that are on your pets. In order to preven…

How Do I Keep Mosquitoes Out of My Home?

Mosquitoes can be an annoyance, and it is even worse when they get into your home. Before you realize it, you may have quite a few mosquito bites. Another issue is that mosquitoes can spread serious diseases like the Zika virus and West Nile virus. There are a few steps that you can take to prevent mosquitoes from getting in your home.
Treat Your Yard
One of the first things you can do is to treat your yard for mosquitoes. Applying a mosquito barrier spray around your yard will eliminate adult mosquitoes and stop new one from coming in. Understanding the life cycle of mosquitoes is essential in knowing that by applying larvicide to standing water you can stop any larvae from developing into adult mosquitoes. Mosquito Tek offers a summer plan that provides regular mosquito treatments, which should stop mosquitoes from getting into your yard.
Address Standing Water
Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. They can breed in just a capful of water. Working to eliminate any standing water arou…

What Ticks Are Most Dangerous in North Carolina?

Ticks are a nuisance and because of their small size and painless bite, you may not realize that you have been bitten until it is too late. Ticks need to be attached between 12 to 24 hours before they transmit a disease. This means that regular checks for ticks and removing them quickly can help protect you from diseases. Here is a list of the most dangerous ticks in North Carolina.
Dog Ticks
According to WRAL, the most dangerous tick is the dog tick. It is main carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This disease can cause a fever and achy muscles. A few days after onset, a spotted rash will appear on the ankles and wrists. It will continue to spread if not treated. Rocky Mountain spotted fever needs to be treated with antibiotics so if you have symptoms, you should seek medical attention. North Carolina often has the highest number of reported cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever each year.
Blacklegged Ticks
Blacklegged ticks are another serious threat to residents of North Carolina. …

All About Lyme Disease

Lyme’s disease is one of the most well-known disease that is carried by ticks. It is spread by the blacklegged tick and it is most common in the states bordering the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. According to the CDC Virginia is one of the 14 states where 95% of Lyme disease cases are reported. It is important to know the symptoms of Lyme disease so that you can seek treatment for the disease.
Symptoms of Lyme’s Disease

The first sign of Lyme disease is the bull’s eye rash that will appear on your body. It may be around the tick bite, but it can appear anywhere on your body a few days after the tick bite. It can take up to 30 days to appear and it only appears about 80 percent of the time. Other symptoms include fever, chills, tiredness, muscle aches, headache, joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. If you have these symptoms, and you know you were bitten by a tick, you should seek medical care.
Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease
Lyme disease will not clear up on its own, and the symp…

Mosquito Life Cycle

Mosquitoes are a resilient species that have been torturing people and other animals for as long as mankind has existed on the earth. Understanding the life cycle of a mosquito can help us understand how to prevent new mosquitoes from breeding and the best way to prevent them from developing into adults.
Eggs
Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in a wet area. This may be a swampy area or in water that has collected in pots, or even in soda bottle lids. The eggs may be laid individually, but they also laid in groups of up to 200 that float in the water connected to each other. The eggs will wait until the conditions are right to hatch. They can last through a mild winter or they may hatch with 48 hours if the conditions are right.
Larvae
The larvae live in the water. They will go through several stages of molting as larva. The mosquitoes need oxygen and will either breathe through tubes or live very close to the surface of the water. During this stage, they will feed on microorganisms. They nee…

Life Cycle of a Flea

Fleas are annoying pests that can multiply rapidly and make you and your pets miserable. It is important to understand the life cycle of a flea so that you can understand the best way to treat for fleas.
Eggs
Fleas will lay four to eight eggs after each meal. The amount may increase as the female flea gets older. The flea eggs are not sticky and will not stay on your pet, which is one reason you may need to treat the entire house for fleas after you pet gets fleas. Flea eggs can hatch in just one day, but they can take up to twelve days to hatch.
Larvae
After hatching, a flea will be larvae between four to eighteen days. Larvae are small and semi=transparent.  The amount of time depends on how often the flea can feed. If it can feed more, then it will develop more quickly. The larvae do not feed on hosts. They will eat the feces of adult fleas or other organic matter that they can find.
Pupal Stage
The larvae will weave a cocoon and enter the pupal stage. This stage can last from three days…

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The Life Cycle of Ticks

Ticks are a nuisance, and they can carry a number of diseases. In order to understand the best way to treat and prevent ticks, it is important to understand the life cycle of ticks. Ticks have four different stages and can live up to three years. At each stage, the tick will need to consume blood in order to continue to develop.
Eggs
The tick life cycle begins as eggs. A Female will lay up to 4000 eggs at time. Some ticks will lay of all their eggs at once, while others lay them is several smaller batches. The eggs are usually laid in the spring and will hatch at some point during the late spring and early summer.
Larvae
When the ticks first hatch they are referred to as larvae. These are very small ticks and may be difficult to see if they attach themselves to you. Tick larvae only have six legs instead of the eight that the adults have. The larvae will need to feed on blood so that they can mature. If they cannot find a host they will eventually die. Larvae are also known as seed ticks,…

5 Ways Fleas Can Make People Sick

When you think about fleas, most people tend to think about the nuisance of dealing with a flea infestation with your pets. You may be concerned about the illnesses that they may cause in your pets, but most people do not think about the dangers that fleas can pose to humans. Here are five diseases that you can catch from fleas.
Typhus
Typhus is a serious illness that can be spread by flea bites. Symptoms of typhus include fever, chills, aches, vomiting, stomach pain and loss of appetite. A rash will usually develop about five days after the onset of the disease. Some people can recover on their own, but other people may have serious complications and need treatment with antibiotics.
Tapeworms
Tapeworms are more common in cats and dogs, but they can spread to humans. The tapeworms are spread through fleas. Most people with tapeworms experience unexplained weight loss. They may be more tired than normal and have abdominal pain. Some people do not have any symptoms, but you may notice rice …

3 Ticks in Virginia and the Diseases They Cause

Ticks are carriers of a number of diseases throughout the United States. However, ticks have different habitats and each carry different diseases. When you find a tick on you, it can be helpful to identify the type of tick, so that you can be aware of any symptoms you may develop. This can help you seek medical treatment much sooner. In Virginia, there are three types of ticks that carry diseases.
1. Blacklegged Tick
The blacklegged tick looks different at the different stages. As adults, the females have a reddish body with a black head and legs. The adult male is almost entirely brown with a lighter ring around the edge of its shell. The nymph is a light brown color. The nymph is actually the stage where it spreads the most disease.  Blacklegged Ticks will spread anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Lyme disease.
2. Lone Star Tick
The lone star tick is a unique tick. The nymphs are a light brown color and more difficult to identify. The males have a patterned back, while the females have a sing…

Why Are Some People Bitten More by Mosquitoes?

There are a few lucky people that are rarely bitten by mosquitoes. Most people have to deal with mosquito bites, and then there are the unlucky people who seem to attract mosquitoes more than anyone else. There are certain things that make you more attractive to mosquitoes.
Blood Type
Mosquitoes are more attracted to people who have O blood. This means that you are more prone to mosquito bites than people who have the other blood types. There is not anything you can do to change this, but it is a determining factor in attracting mosquitoes.
Higher Resting Metabolic Rate
People with a higher resting metabolic rate tend to attract more mosquitoes. Pregnant women and people who are overweight tend to have a higher resting metabolic rate. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you lower your metabolic rate, but it can take time to do this.
Amount of Lactic Acid You Emit
Different people naturally produce different amounts of lactic acid which attracts mosquitoes. If you notice that you se…

Help! My Cat Has Fleas

Fleas can quickly make your cat miserable. It is easy for a cat to pick up fleas while out roaming the neighborhood or when interacting with other cats. It is important to act quickly if you suspect your cat may have fleas. This can stop one or two fleas from turning into an infestation.
1. Verify the Fleas
The best way to check if your cat has fleas is to look closely to see if you can see small insects in the fur. You can also use a metal flea comb that will catch any fleas. Dip the comb into warm soapy water after each stroke to kill any fleas that it catches.
2. Treat the Fleas
You will need to treat your animal for fleas if you find them. The best way to do this is through a treatment that will work against all stages of fleas. There are topical treatments where you apply an oil to their back or you can give them an oral medicine that will stop the fleas. This will stop the fleas in their tracks. You may also want to try a powder or shampoo to immediately kill all of the adult fleas …

4 Most Common Mosquito Borne Illnesses in Virginia Beach

Mosquitoes are a big issue in the Virginia Beach area. With the number of waterways and humid climate, it is an ongoing issue. In fact, the City of Virginia Beach has a clear mosquito control program in place because of the diseases that mosquitoes can carry. Here is information on the four most common mosquito borne diseases in Virginia Beach
West Nile Virus
The West Nile Virus is common in North America. Most people who contract will not have any symptoms. About 1 in five people develop a fever. Other symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, joint pains and a headache. Although most people recover, the fatigue and weakness can go on for several months. A few people can develop encephalitis or meningitis because of the infection—if you experience neck stiffness, stupor or convulsions, you should seek medical attention right away. The treatment focuses primarily on controlling the symptoms.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Eastern Equine encephalitis is transmitted through mosquito bites. Most…

North Carolina and the Dangers of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

While the name Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever may lead you to assume that this disease is the most prevalent in the western portion of the United States, this simply is not true. In fact, North Carolina regularly ranks as one of the states with the most reported cases in the United States each year.
Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Tick Fever
Initial symptoms include a severe headache, joint pain, muscle aches, stomach issues, fever and lack of appetite. These symptoms usually begin anywhere from two days to two weeks after a bite. A rash will appear between two to five days after the onset of the symptoms. The rash consists of small flat pink spots that will appear around the wrists, forearms and ankles. It can spread to the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. See the rash pictured above. 
Treatment for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Fortunately, there is a treatment available for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Antibiotics c n clear up the symptoms and the disease. It is important to seek tre…