Ticks In Tennessee:  What Do You Need To Know?

Ticks In Tennessee: What Do You Need To Know?

Ticks In Tennessee | Nashville, TN – U.S. Pest Protection is gearing up for a heavy tick season due to the movement reported by the CDC and the activity we have seen with the current environment. Tennessee is home to beautiful outdoor areas, but also home to threats that could keep you sick for years.


Ticks In Tennessee

First of all, close to 15 different species of ticks. Furthermore, there are only a few species that U.S. Pest considers dangerous to your health. Due to the extreme possibility of running into them even in your own back yard, Tennesseans have more of a risk and should be aware. The Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, and Deer Tick are the most prevalent ticks in Tennessee. Below are a few things you need to know to stay safe:

April is the time of month when most people start pulling ticks off of them, their kids and pets.  Consequently, if bitten by an infected tick, serious health complications can arise.


Lone Star Tick Symptoms

The Lone Star Tick has developed a reputation for making one allergic to meat. We have seen this in multiple cases in Tennessee and it is not fun for anyone.

Symptoms include:


2. Swelling

3. Wheezing or shortness of breath

4. Runny nose

5. Abdominal pain

6. Diarrhea

7. Vomiting

8. Headaches,

9. Anaphylaxis, which is a deadly allergic reaction.


American Dog Tick Symptoms

American dog ticks can cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Like alpha-gal, it can also be deadly if not treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms include:

  1. Fever
  2. Headache
  3. Rash
  4. Vomiting
  5. Muscle fever
  6. Headache
  7. Rash
  8. Vomiting
  9. Muscle pain and lack of appetite.


Preventing Tick Bites In Tennessee

Finally, how do you prevent tick bites?  First and foremost, it is important you use a professional pest control company who hold high standards. Our choice is U.S. Pest Protection.  If your out in the woods, use products that contain DEET, but only apply them on your pant legs and clothing. For example, when going blackberry picking in Tennessee, there have been many instances when DEET was applied and ticks were not a problem.  

Another good option is to put on Brad Paisley’s “I want to check you for Ticks” song and help your partner out.  Go ahead and check them for ticks, they can hide in inconspicuous places that only you can look! Check under the arms, in the hair or around their ears and even inside your belly button. Ticks will attach anywhere to the soft skin of kids so even check their backs.

As a result, don’t be alarmed. You can protect your family. Use U.S. Pest Protection and take proper precautions to ensure your family doesn’t fall prey to the horrible sicknesses associated with these ticks.



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