Signs of Infestation:
Having a tick infestation could be extremely stressful, especially if you don't contact a professional right away. It may seem like the ticks are everywhere and rapidly reproducing, which is most often the case. The most common sign of having a tick infestation is just seeing these pests around. They might be on your dog, clothing, or even yourself. These creatures get into homes mostly by sticking on to your dog while you take them for a walk in a wooded area and then hanging on until they make their way into your home. Some things that can help in preventing an infestation is making sure to check your dog before they enter your home, make sure cracks around your home are sealed up, and clean out any bird or rodent nests.
Ticks are the creepy crawlers that come into the same category as spiders in the animal kingdom. They also have eight legs just like the eight legged monsters we all love to hate so much. These critters are tiny. In fact, most of the species of ticks barely ever grow larger than pin heads. Their staple diet is blood from warm blooded mammals. That's all they need to grow and reproduce.
Based on their habits, these pests can be extremely infectious. They latch on to anything from mice, deer, rats, birds, dogs, cats, squirrels and even human beings.
Considering their small size, a lot of people assume that a tick infestation cannot be that bad. As tiny as they are, they are notorious pests known for the diseases that they can spread. The most notable one out of all the diseases they carry is Lyme disease. This is something which affects the body for a lifetime.
We at Green Pest Services will determine whether or not you are facing a proper tick infestation. In the case you are, we are going to make sure that these eight legged tiny critters never bother you again.
Let's take a better look at what the enemy is all about.
Most Common Tick Species in The Country
There are several hundred species of ticks in the world. Here are the names of the most common tick species found in the United States:
- Lone Star Tick
- Brown Dog Tick
- Gulf Coast Tick
- American Dog Tick
- Deer Tick
- Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Deer ticks are the ones that carry Lyme disease. Rocky Mountain Wood ticks carry the highly dangerous Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Diseases that Ticks Carry and Transmit
Now that you know the names of the most common species of ticks found in the US, we're going to tell you about the diseases. There are multiple diseases that ticks can carry. Here are the names of the most common diseases that ticks carry:
What They Look Like and How They Behave
- Tick Paralysis
- Colorado Tick Fever
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Lyme Disease
During their life cycle, ticks go through multiple stages. Each and every one of them sees the ticks feast on blood. The last stage in the life of a tick sees the adult reach the top of a tall blade of grass with its front legs extended. This is known as questing.
Ticks require warm blood for their sustenance. They can detect the body odors of warm blooded animals and the heat they emit. As soon as a suitable host comes near them, these guys spring into action. They use their front legs to latch on to their host. Once they're there, they crawl to the best spot they can find. After that, they just cut a tiny hole through the skin and start feeding.
Ticks have eight legs and they are quite tiny. Their coloration is usually either brown or black.
Where Are These Critters Found?
Tick infestations are quite common throughout the country. It begs to ask the question about where they are found. The black legged ticks are found in some western regions and in the Midwest in the United States. In fact, there are some species which can be found as far out as British Columbia as well. The black legged tick is probably the most well known tick in the continent other than the American dog tick, of course. It is found throughout most of the Midwest and in the state of California.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the Rocky Mountain tick belongs to the Idaho, Oregon and Nevada region as well as the State of Washington. These guys mostly live outdoors. You can find ticks in places ranging from wood piles, tall grass, logs, beaches and even desert regions. There is one species of tick that can live both outdoors and indoors: The brown dog tick.
How Can Pets Get Ticks?
As much as you would want to avoid it, a tick infestation will be a part of your pet's life at some point. You know that the pet is a part of your family. Just like any other member of your household, you want your pet to live a healthy and long life, right? This means you have to take your pet out, play with it and even interact with other pets in the area. These are certain things that your pet needs to be happy and live a normal and happy life. The thing is that this is also going to increase the risk of tick infestation for your pet.
Here are some of the most common ways your pets can get a tick infestation:
- Other animals that have a tick infestation.
- From tall grass in your yard.
- Simply being outside.
This doesn't mean you shouldn't let your pet outside. You just need to be more careful about their grooming and do it regularly. Be observant and if you see ticks on your pet, remove them using tweezers at that very moment.
There are a few steps that you can take to prevent tick infestations.
How to Get Rid of Ticks
- Make use of DEET. It helps with ticks and mosquitoes.
- Wear long sleeve shirts and socks. Ticks attach themselves to skin. Leave them none to latch on to.
- Light colored clothes are a good way to see ticks and remove them.
- Remove all the tall grass in your yard.
As much as you try, there will come a time that you will face a fully fledged tick infestation. It's almost unavoidable. Getting rid of them is not that difficult if you have the right people for the job.
Luckily for you, the professionals at Green Pest Services are the best of the best. Our professionals deal with tick infestations like they're no problem at all.
Please feel free to contact us if you're facing a tick infestation problem. We know how bad it is and we will get you sorted out in no time.