Ticks are parasitic organisms that feed on the blood of animals and humans to survive. The pests live in the wooded areas surrounding many residential homes in Central Florida. Rats also live in these wooded areas. Put them together, and they become a destructive force that can transmit disease and cause damage to any home they decide to infest.
How Ticks Get Inside Your Orlando Home
Ticks like to attach themselves to people, pets, and wild animals. Because humans regularly bathe themselves and their pets, ticks can easily be discovered and eliminated before causing an infestation. However, no one is checking wild animals, such as rats, for ticks.
Rats are known to be common carriers of ticks and seasonal changes in the weather can force tick-carrying rats indoors to search for food, water, and a place to nest during the cooler winter months.
Indeed, a warm home looks very welcoming to rats and ticks, alike. If your home has any vulnerable entry points, rats will find their way inside and bring whatever disease-carrying pests with them.
The Dangers of Rat-carrying Ticks
It’s bad enough that rats could be chewing on the walls, plaster, and wood in your home. You don’t need ticks chewing on you, as well. Unfortunately, ticks are small and hard to detect until after they bite and can transmit several deadly diseases that may include:
- Lyme disease
- Tick-borne relapsing fever
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Symptoms of these illnesses include chills, fever, nausea, headaches, and rashes.
The Dangers of Tick-carrying Rats
Rats are also carriers of various serious diseases like leptospirosis and hantavirus — resulting in disease on top of disease when combined with ticks. If you’re worried that you may have a double infestation on your hands, Critter Control® of Orlando can help kick rats and ticks off your property.
Expert Rat Removal Services in Orlando
The experienced rat removal technicians at Critter Control® of Orlando inspect your property to locate and remove nuisance rats and ticks. We will also repair any damage caused by invasive pests and seal off all entry points to avoid future infestations.
If you think you have ticks, rats, or rats with ticks in your home or business, contact the professional pest control and removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando to solve your problem permanently. To schedule a home inspection and receive a free rat or pest removal estimate, call Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407-295-7194.