The most common ticks found are the Brown Dog Tick, the American Dog Tick, the Lone Star Tick, and the Black Legged Tick aka the Deer Tick. The Brown Dog Tick is the only variety that can be found living indoors, all others are found outside in weedy areas, brush, grasses and wooded places. Most ticks are found close to their food source which consists of rodents, deer, rabbits and other wildlife…occasionally, humans & pets fit this bill as well. You can see ticks with the naked eye, their size range is typically 1/8th to 1/4 inch long. Adults have no wings, are flat-bodied and have eight legs. Ticks are seconded in carriers of diseases with first being mosquitoes. The Black-legged Tick (shown above) aka the Deer tick is the primary carrier of Lyme Disease. Lyme disease was first discovered in 1975 and named after the Connecticut towns in which they were found. Click here to learn more about Lyme Disease. When looking for a blood-meal, ticks will climb about 24 inches up a tree or bush to lay & wait for an animal or human to pass by. Ticks are very patient insects and will wait a long time for a host. Some varieties such as the Lone Star Tick can pick up the CO2 a host produces and will actually seek you out to feed.
Do-it-yourself suggestions would include keeping grass cut and short, removing brush piles away from buildings and areas that kids or pets play, wearing protective clothing such as pants and hats, using insect repellents on yourself and pets when going for walks in tick-prone areas and the use of insecticides near homes & wood-lines to prevent ticks from getting too close. Although, it is advised you have a professional company to treat for ticks when using insecticides. It can take special equipment and a keen eye to successfully eliminate and prevent tick infestations. Keeping up with routine pet meds is another important suggestion for tick control.
Every situation is unique when it comes to treating for ticks. We offer free inspections and recommendations for controlling ticks. If you are currently finding ticks on pets or your family then save a sample for us to identify.