Ticks are mainly found in the mountains and foothills, at elevations between 3000 and 9000 feet. Ticks for the most part live in rodent nests that may be in wall cavities, attics, or in sheltered areas outside such as woodpiles. During the winter when rodents attempt to move into buildings to stay warm they can bring in ticks on their bodies, and in turn the ticks can invade areas where humans are. The ticks feed at night and when a bite occurs, generally the person is asleep and does not notice the bite has happened. The feeding process lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes. These ticks are vectors of tick-borne relapsing fever. The spirochetes in infected ticks can remain infectious for over 10 years. Symptoms of this disease usually develops within 7 days after a bite has occurred.
Symptoms include high fever with chills, sweats, headache, and body aches. It can lead to nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dry cough, inability to tolerate bright lights, rash, neck pain, eye pain, confusion and dizziness. Control is eliminating rodent activity both inside and outside of a building. It is very important to perform tick control in addition to elimination of the rodents, as when the rodent problem is eliminated then the ticks have no food source and can lead to humans becoming the main host to the tick. In addition to eliminating the rodents in the area it is also very important to close off all the entries that the rodents were using to prevent a re-occurrence. A call to me today will eliminate this pest in less than a week.