Types of Oklahoma Ticks

There are several types of ticks in Oklahoma.  American Dog Tick, Brown Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, and Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick).

American Dog Tick

Brown Dog Tick

Lone Star Tick

Deer Tick

You’ll find ticks in every part of the state, but if you visit wooded or grassy areas, be careful because the number of ticks is alot higher. One of the greatest risks with tick bites is contracting Lyme disease from Blacklegged Ticks (Deer Tick). If you see a bulls eye after a tick bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Ticks have to attached to the skin for awhile before you can be infected, which is why it’s important to get the tick out of your skin as soon as possible. Lyme Disease can be cured by antibiotics if caught early enough.

The Right Way to Remove a Tick

There is only one proper way to remove a tick. Using tweezers, grasp the tick firmly at the base of the head. Then gently and steadily pull on the tick. Be patient. Eventually it will come out. You do not want to break the head of the tick off because infection is likely. Lone star ticks have very long and thin mouthparts, and can be difficult to pull  completely out.   Save the tick in some rubbing alcohol just in case you get sick. It will help with the disease diagnosis. Clean the bite and treat with alcohol and antibiotic ointment.

Help Keep Ticks Out of Yards

Clean Yard

Don’t make your yard a welcome home for ticks.  Reducing the ticks habitat around your home is important to keeping them out to help prevent the pests and diseases coming into your home.  Cut brush back, mow grass short, rake leaves and compost leaf littler.  Also, add a fence to keep deer, stray dogs and raccoons out of your property.  Ticks like to latch onto these animals, so trying to keep them out will help eliminate ticks from coming into your yards and setting up shop.  

Creating a Barrier

If you live near a forest or wooded area, tall grasses, or shrubbery, you can prevent ticks from migrating into your yard with the help of a physical blocker. Simply create a three-foot-wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between your lawn and the tick-friendly area to keep them away.

Check your Pets

Also, always examine your pets —especially if they’ve been rolling around in tick territory. If you do happen to find a bite, here’s the right way to remove a tick from your dog.  

Treating Your Yard for Ticks

Spraying is serious business, and those risks are far worse if the person doing the spraying isn’t properly trained.   If you don’t have experience in spraying you could waste your money by spraying chemicals the wrong way or by using products that don’t work. And they can expose you to unnecessary risk. Misapplied chemicals can result in more toxins reaching your children pets, and they can also harm your plants.  They can also breed insecticide resistance, which will make any existing insect problems much worse.  

Call a Professional

Swift Pest Control offers Eco Friendly Yard treatments for ticks.  Our technicians are trained and certified to help eliminate ticks safely from your yard or home.  Call us at (405) 887-9438. 

Repellents

Wear light colored clothing and apply repellent. Use a repellent that indicates it is good against ticks. Repellents containing 20-40% of the active ingredient DEET are among the best and can be placed on the skin or on clothes. Click Here for the Common Brands. With any repellent, always read the label and follow the directions.