Scientific Name: Ixodida
Appearance: Flat oval tear shaped bodies with a darker center and eight legs; body shape will balloon after feeding and the color will appear more grey-white.
What is a Tick?
Ticks are blood sucking insects that will attach themselves to a host for feeding. Ticks will embed themselves on the host and as they feed their small bodies will begin to enlarge as they become engorged. Some species of ticks will fall off their host upon reaching capacity after feeding. Ticks are known to carry diseases such as lime disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Ticks hatch from their eggs with only six legs and as they mature through their stages of live they will develop two additional legs. Ticks will typically feed between each life stage and as they reach adulthood they may change their food source location or remain on their current host.
Why do I have Ticks?
Ticks find both humans and animals to be suitable hosts for feeding. The dog tick is known to infest and they can be brought into homes from dog kennels, play parks, and vets. Dog ticks most commonly find their host in a dog however, they are known to move to humans as well.
Ticks can also be brought to a property by means of wildlife. Racoons, foxes, deer, and other mammals that cross through your property may bring ticks to your outdoors where it is possible for them to attach to a new host.
How do I get rid of Ticks?
Preventing ticks is possible by avoiding wooden areas and other locations they are known to be present. It can also be beneficial to prevent wildlife from entering your property. There are topical ointments that can be used on pets that will help deter ticks.
Indoor treatment for ticks may be needed in cases of large populations. Contact your local pest control specialist for assistance in treating indoors for ticks. Click Here for Details on our General Pest & Outdoor Plan.
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