Ticks on the Central Coast: A Growing Concern

Ticks are small, blood-sucking arthropods that can transmit serious illnesses to humans and animals. While ticks can be found throughout Australia, residents of the Central Coast and the surrounding areas are especially at risk due to the local climate and environment. In this blog post, we will discuss the types of ticks found on the Central Coast, offer tips for preventing tick bites and infestations, and explain how professional tick extermination services can keep you and your property safe.

Types of Ticks on the Central Coast

The Central Coast is home to various tick species, each with its unique characteristics and habits. The most common types of ticks found in the area include the bush tick, the cattle tick and the paralysis tick. These ticks carry serious diseases such as Q fever, typhus, and paralysis.

Bush ticks are about the size of a sesame seed and are usually reddish-brown. They can carry Q fever. Cattle ticks are slightly larger, with a distinct yellow-brown colour, and are known to carry tick typhus. The paralysis tick is tiny and can cause tick paralysis, which affects the nervous system.

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Tick Prevention Tips

The best way to protect yourself and your property from ticks is to reduce the risk of tick bites and infestations. Some effective tick prevention strategies include:

  • Regularly inspecting your property for ticks, especially during the warmer months when ticks are most active
  • Keeping your lawn mowed and your bushes and trees trimmed, as ticks thrive in tall grass and overgrown vegetation
  • Using tick repellents when spending time outdoors, especially when hiking or camping in wooded or grassy areas
  • Wearing long sleeves and pants, and tucking your pant legs into your socks when spending time in tick-prone areas

Tick Removal and Treatment

If you find a tick on your body or a pet, removing it as soon as possible is important. The best way to remove a tick is to use fine-tipped tweezers, grasp it as close to the skin’s surface as possible, and pull it upward with steady, even pressure.

After removing the tick, it is important to clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. It is also essential to keep an eye on the bite and watch out for any signs of infection or illness.

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Professional Tick Extermination Services

While it’s essential to take steps to prevent tick bites and infestations, professional tick extermination services can provide an added layer of protection for your property and your family. At Central Coast Pest Exterminators, we offer a variety of tick extermination services, including:

  • Tick inspections to identify areas of high tick activity on your property
  • Tick treatments to kill adult ticks and prevent tick larvae from hatching
  • Ongoing tick control services to keep your property tick-free all year round

Central Coast Ticks

Ticks are a growing concern for residents and businesses on the Central Coast and the surrounding areas. By understanding the types of ticks found in the area, preventing tick bites and infestations, and seeking professional tick extermination services when needed, you can help protect yourself, your family, and your property from the severe health risks posed by ticks. If you’re concerned about ticks on your property, don’t hesitate to contact Central Coast Pest Exterminators to schedule.