How To Identify Ticks
How do you identify ticks? Learn how today.
Ticks are arachnids, which puts them into the same class as spiders and other eight-legged creepy-crawlers. They are very small, with most species barely bigger than the head of a pin, and they feed entirely on blood in order grow and reproduce. They are insidious pests, latching on to animals like deer, mice, rats, squirrels, birds, dogs, cats - and humans.
Ticks are notorious pests known for the diseases that they carry and transmit. The most famous of those is Lyme Disease, which can have crippling lifelong symptoms.
Western Exterminator local tick prevention professionals will determine if you have a tick infestation, stop it, and help you prevent ticks from returning. You just need to call us at 800-937-8398 or use the online form to schedule an appointment.
Ticks go through several life stages and each stage involves feasting on blood. When an adult tick reaches its final stage, it climbs to the top of a tall blade of grass or other vegetation and extend its two front legs in a method known as questing.
Ticks can detect body heat and body odors associated with warm blooded creatures that it requires for food purposes. When a suitable host brushes against them tiny hooks on their front legs latch on and they then crawl around to find a suitable spot to cut a hole in the skin and start to feed.
Ticks are small and usually black or brown in color. Some common species of ticks include:
Deer ticks - which are the common carriers of Lyme Disease
American Dog Ticks
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick - carriers of the dangerous Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Gulf Coast Tick
Brown Dog Tick
Lone Star Tick
There are several diseases ticks carry and can transmit to humans or other animals. Common diseases are:
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Colorado Tick Fever
Typhus - various forms are known to be from ticks
If you find ticks on you the most common method to remove them is using tweezers. Thin, fine-nosed tweezers should be placed as close to the skin as possible and a firm grip placed on the tick’s head. Do not twist or bend the tick, to prevent mouth parts left behind that can cause further infection, but use a quick upward motion to remove them. Wash the bite area and use anti-bacterial medication to prevent infestations.
There are several things you can do to prevent ticks:
Remove vegetation. Ticks love long grass and vegetation, so keep it away from your property and avoid it as much as possible.
Use DEET. Not only helps with mosquitoes, but effective against ticks, too.
Tuck socks into pants and wear long sleeves. Ticks want bare skin. Wearing longs sleeves gives them nothing to dine on.
Wear light colored clothing. That way you can more easily spot ticks and remove them.
Western Exterminator pest control experts can help you with tick infestations. Since ticks can breed quite fast if they make it indoors, if you, your pets, or your family experience problems with ticks then call us right away. We will help rid your home of ticks and tick larvae. Then we work with you to manage vegetation and provide solutions to stop ticks from returning.
Western Exterminator tick control and tick prevention experts have decades of experience in providing effective pest control solutions and treatments.
Our Western Exterminator pest control and tick prevention professionals will provide courteous and effective tick removal and tick control solutions for your home. Contact us online or call 800-937-8398 today.
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