Lee County, NC Pest Control

Lee County's mild climate makes it ideal for camping, golf, boating and outdoor concerts. Unfortunately, ticks are crazy about it too. Many species thrive almost year-round.

Tick bites can lead to a number of illnesses, so families should take prevention seriously. Here’s a guide to the most common ticks in our area and the diseases that they transmit to people and pets.

About Ticks in North Carolina

Our state is home to around 25 species, but only five feed on human blood: deer ticks, brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, Gulf Coast ticks and lone star ticks, which have a distinctive star-shaped mark on their backs.

Ticks are most active in wooded or brushy areas. Activity usually peaks in June or July, but tick bites are not uncommon even in late fall.

Unlike mosquitoes or bedbugs, ticks attach themselves deeply and firmly in their hosts’ skin. They're so tiny that a bite, which is painless, might go unnoticed if you’re not looking for it. That’s why a tick can remain embedded and feast on a host’s blood for up to 10 days. If it's not dislodged within the first six hours, it can transmit disease.

Most tick-borne diseases are caused by bacterial infection. If untreated, they can be serious or even fatal. The five most common illnesses, along with their symptoms, are described below.

Ehrlichiosis

  • Transmitted by lone star ticks
  • Strikes both humans and animals
  • A headache, muscle pain, fatigue and high fever
  • Coughing, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Often requires hospitalization

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Spotted Fever Rickettsia

  • Transmitted by American dog ticks, brown dog ticks or Gulf Coast ticks
  • Near identical symptoms including fever, headache, stomach pain and vomiting
  • Sometimes accompanied by a rash or scabs
  • Potentially serious

Lyme Disease

  • Transmitted by deer ticks
  • Widespread in North Carolina
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Gradually expanding rash that resembles a bull’s-eye around the bite
  • Can spread to the heart, joints or nervous system if left untreated

Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness

  • Transmitted by lone star ticks
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sometimes accompanied by a rash similar to that seen in Lyme disease
  • Not associated with the neurological or arthritic problems that accompany Lyme disease

All of these illnesses require prompt medical treatment. Antibiotics are usually effective against them.

Reducing the Risk of Illness

Wear as much protective clothing as possible when you’re outdoors. When you get home, do a thorough inspection of your body and clothing. Ticks tend to gravitate to the scalp, back of the neck, armpits, and waistline.

Don’t believe old wives’ tales about lit matches and nail polish. The only way to extract a tick is by slowly and carefully pulling it out with tweezers. Clean the bitten area with soap and water, and apply a disinfectant. If you become ill within 30 days, see a doctor as soon as possible.

State Pest Control has more than 40 years’ experience in eliminating all kinds of pests and preventing their return. We have a variety of safe, effective yard treatments for ticks and other potentially dangerous pests. Call us today at 910-212-5982 or 919-439-5885. We can offer a free quote and greater peace of mind.