Bugging out? Tick season has begun in Texoma

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - The humid and hot weather means tick season is starting.

"The tick situation is going to be really bad this year," David Shoop, manager at Shoop's Texas Termite & Pest said.

Shoop said that is because more and more pesticides are getting taken off the market.
 
"The ticks end up getting resistant to the same pesticides being used over and over so it ends up getting worse and worse," Shoop said.
 
"We are already seeing fleas in mass, mass numbers and I know ticks will be following," Leslie Harrelson the director at P.E.T.S. Clinic said.

She recommends pet owners to always check their pets if they start to act unusual after a walk, hike or a trip to the lake.

"Check their gums," Harrelson said. "Ticks can get in your animal's mouth and you may not even know that. [Also check,] especially in between their toes."

The ticks can spread diseases to people and pets. That is why doctors and vets say it is important to see a medical professional as soon as you get bit.

"Ticks carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever as well as Lyme disease," Dr. Jeremy Sautner a physician at ER NOW 24/7 Emergency Room said. "We are in endemic Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever area."

Dr. Sautner said both diseases give you flu-like symptoms but the key difference is a rash around the bite.

"We have seen a couple of tick bites but most of those have not been deer ticks which are the ones that carry both Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease."

Shoop recommends homeowners to sanitize their home to stop an infestation.

"When we end up using our products, it has insect growth regulators that prevent those eggs from being laid and if they are laid than their sterile eggs," Shoop said.

Shoop also recommends buying tick collars for pets which can prevent a tick infestation for up to eight months.

A recent CDC report showed illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. since 2004. As of two years ago, more than 640,000 cases have been reported.

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