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Ticks

What are ticks?

Deer ticks and dog ticks are the most commonly recognized species of ticks, as they affect humans and animals the most often. While deer ticks and dog ticks are the ones we typically see, there are actually over eight hundred species of ticks across the world. These small, parasitic pests depend on the blood of humans and animals to survive, generally preferring animals with thick fur that they can easily hide in. Hard ticks, such as the deer tick, feed on their hosts for many days before dropping off and laying a cluster of eggs in a suitable location. Those eggs then hatch into nymphs, which begin the cycle over again. Soft ticks, such as the dog tick, differ from hard ticks in that they prefer to live their entire life cycle on their host or somewhere the host animal frequents.

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Are ticks dangerous?

Unfortunately for many homeowners and their pets, ticks are capable of introducing many diseases and illnesses, some of which have no known cure. These diseases are transmitted when ticks attach themselves to their host and begin feeding. Ticks have been known to cause several major or life-long health issues. Some of these illnesses include Lyme disease, Tularemia, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and many others. If you have been bitten by a tick, it is important to watch out for signs of these illnesses and seek the help of a medical professional.

Why do I have a tick problem?

Many homeowners are unaware of the threat of ticks on their properties, let alone why they are there in the first place. Ticks must feed on the blood of a warm-blooded host to survive. If ticks are on your property, they aren’t usually there alone. Many properties with tick infestations also suffer from rodent or wildlife infestations, as well. Additionally, thick brush and high grass provide ticks with a hiding place to wait for new hosts.

Where will I find ticks?

Depending on whether or not the tick infestation you are dealing with involves hard ticks or soft ticks, you may find ticks in high foliage, thick brush, animal nests, or already attached to wildlife pests, rodent invaders, or your own pets. Dog ticks are more likely to be found on their host or in the host’s nest or home. Deer ticks remain on their host until they are ready to mate, lay eggs, or molt - in which case they will drop off and find a suitable location for these activities.

How do I get rid of ticks?

When it comes to ridding your home or business property of the annoyances and dangers of ticks, it can be difficult, if not impossible to do alone. When you contact one of the licensed pest experts from Bug Busterzzz Pest Control, you are guaranteed quality customer service and professional pest control treatments year-round. We have the experience and tools needed to give your home or business property the year-round pest protection it deserves. If ticks are infesting your property this season, reach out to Bug Busterzzz for all your pest control needs!

How can I prevent ticks in the future?

A professional pest control program is always your best option to keep your property protected and as tick free as possible. But there are a few exclusionary methods of tick prevention you can look into that may create an environment less suitable for ticks to live in.
 
Some tips that may prevent ticks from affecting you and your property include:

  • Wearing long sleeves and reducing the amount of skin that is exposed.

  • Avoiding thick woodland, tall grasses, and unkempt brush.

  • Check your clothing, skin, and pets for ticks before returning to your property. Be sure to kill any ticks you find right away.

  • When walking in the woods, stick to the middle of trails as much as possible.

  • Equip your pets (if you have any) with flea and tick collars.

If ticks are affecting your quality of life this year, consider reaching out to the pest professionals here at Bug Busterzzz Pest Control for all your pest services and treatments!

 

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