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Parasitic organisms that feed on the blood of animals and humans to survive, ticks live in the wooded areas surrounding many residential homes. 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 Do Ticks Get In?

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 for ticks.

Rats are wild animals 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 in and bring whatever disease-carrying pests with them.

The Dangers of 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. Ticks can transmit several deadly diseases that may include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Tick-borne relapsing fever
  • Tularemia
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Symptoms of these illnesses include chills, fever, nausea, headaches, and rashes.

Double the Threat

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. Our experienced pest removal technicians will repair any damage caused and seal off all entry points to avoid future infestations.

Kick Ticks Off Your Property

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. Call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free home consultation.

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