Protect Your Space From Ticks and the Diseases they Carry Ticks are small arachnids that live off of the blood of birds, reptiles, amphibians, & mammals – including humans when given the chance. Deer Ticks, ixodes scapularis, named due to their prevalence parasitizing the common white tailed deer, often bury themselves into human skin & are well-known to transmit Lyme Disease. They can also carry babesiosis, encephalitis, & anaplasmosis, as well as other human-transmissible diseases that are still being discovered.
By making an area uninhabitable for the host pests, the ticks are also kept away. Unlike traps, poisons, or catch-and-release methods, preventing the host animals from ever entering in the first place will prevent any ticks from migrating off an animal into your home or business.
The Yard Gard, Solar Yard Gard, and Deer Gard were designed with tick-carrying animal prevention in mind. Silent-to-humans, ultrasonic frequencies make an area inhospitable to deer, rodents, squirrels, bats, feral cats, dogs, opossums, skunks, raccoons, & other pest animals that may carry ticks.
Keeping ticks away is extremely important to human health and comfort. A Deer Tick does not need to be in contact with a human very long to transmit Lyme Disease, so even a small bite can result in transmission – and humans do not always realize they’ve been bitten.
Ticks are most commonly found on mice, rats, bats, squirrels, deer, & migratory birds, thus are found everywhere in the world. Lyme Disease has also been reported worldwide in over 80 countries, including every state in the U.S. & across North & South America, Japan, China, Russia, Europe, Africa, India, and Australia.
Deer Ticks, also known as the black-legged tick or the bear tick, live an average lifespan (egg, larva, nymph, & adult) of 2 years. They feed three times only during that lifespan, exclusively on animal blood – larvae feed on birds & mice, while nymphs & adults seek larger hosts.
Over 14,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported annually in the United States alone. Scientists estimate this number is much higher, with only about 1 in 10 being reported, since the infection is so frequently misdiagnosed as the flu.
Lyme Disease is actually an infection that is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) found in deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus) and other insects, however only deer ticks have been proven to transmit the disease to humans. Lyme Disease is a debilitating infection that, while rarely fatal, can become very serious since it is difficult to diagnose. Early symptoms may (but do not always) include a bull’s-eye-shaped rash around the bite site, fever and flu-like symptoms. Later, severe headaches and fatigue set in, and eventually more serious symptoms including facial paralysis, heart palpitations, early arthritis, and neurological disorders may occur.
Ticks are most commonly found in wooded & grassy areas including lawns, fields, & trees, but because they travel from animal to animal, may be found anywhere. Be aware when walking your dog, venturing into the woods, or walking under branches. Be especially careful to check through hair & skin for ticks.
In addition to host pest prevention listed on this site, the Lyme Disease Association offers additional tips to minimize exposure to ticks at home. In the U.S., The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers helpful information on different species of ticks & their general locations.