More ticks are keeping metro Detroit pest control companies busy

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 18:16:58-04

Nicholas Burgess with CJB Pest & Mosquito Control in Farmington Hills says they’re getting flooded with calls about ticks.

In the last week they’ve had more than 30 calls, he says.

Burgess says ticks like to hideout in tree foliage, shrubbery along the foundation, tall grass and along the property line.

The best thing to do is to get the outside of your house sprayed, which will keep them off your property.

"You want to make sure that you're treating the foliage areas, the tree lines, places where they're going to hide,” he says.

If ticks are on your clothes shake them off outside. If they don’t come off you can wash your clothes and dry them on high heat to kill them off.

If a tick bites you Burgess says you should try to remove it within 24-hours with tweezers.

"Pinching it not too tightly, not to strongly. Then lifting straight up," he says.

Bug repellent that contains deet also helps, he adds.