As you may have heard in the news or read online, last month was Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is transmitted to people via the bite of a blacklegged tick aka deer tick. This has left many to wonder, are there deer ticks in Hawaii? Could you get Lyme disease from a tick bite in Hawaii? The answer is no, deer ticks are not present in the area which means that there is not a local threat for contracting Lyme disease. But this does not mean that there are not still problems with Hawaii ticks in and around your home and property or on your family and pets. Although the spread of tick borne diseases are not common in Hawaii, tick paralysis is still a possibility, which is why avoiding ticks and tick bites in particular is a good idea.
So, why is it that ticks bite? In order to lay eggs, female ticks in our area require a blood meal preferably from dogs in order to lay eggs but unfortunately will use humans and other animals as their hosts. Ticks will attach to your skin in order to feed on your blood and then later drop off to lay her eggs- thousands of eggs that is. The biggest problem is if a tick is brought into your home via a pet or even on you. If the tick lays eggs in cracks or crevices inside your home, you could wind up with a full on tick infestation.
Tips to prevent ticks in Honolulu, Oahu and Hawaii:
Keep grass mowed and try to avoid heavy landscaping where ticks are most likely to hide out and wait for a host.
Wear light colored clothing when out in an area known to have ticks. This way, if one latches onto you, you will be able to more easily see it.
Always check your clothing and body for ticks after being in a tick-infested area (tall grass, woods, etc.). Don’t forget to check the children and pets as well!
Keep your pets up to date on their veterinarian approved flea and tick treatments.
While the best way to avoid problems with ticks in your home is to prevent tick encounters altogether, this is not always as easy as it seems. If you have followed these tick prevention tips and are still finding ticks in your Honolulu home or an abundance of ticks on your property, please give us a call at Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions. Our HI pest control team will design a customized integrated pest management program suited just for your home and property to get rid of ticks. Call (808) 450-2587 or click to learn more about our flea and tick control in Honolulu!