What you should know about Ticks
These little things are not like your every day insect. They come into the arachnid category like another creepy crawler that we all fear and loathe - the spider. The difference is that ticks happen to have a thing for blood. They latch on to warm blooded animals like mammals in all categories. Ticks live off of drinking our blood. All they need is warm blood and plenty of it so that they can grow to maturity and reproduce.
Ticks happen to have little specifics with their preference of host. They can latch on to anything from mice, deer, squirrels to even cats and dogs. Occasionally, you can even find a tick infestation so bad that they latch on to humans as well.
Ticks never grow to be larger than a pinhead but you should not let their small size fool you. We warn you that ticks can be quite a problem for you when they start biting. Their bites are incredibly annoying. They leave a little mark where they have bitten you and the area becomes very itchy. The thing is that this is the least of your concerns. Ticks are infamous for the fact that they are known to carry plenty of diseases with them. One of the most notable diseases that they carry is Lyme disease which has symptoms that affect people throughout their lives.
If you even feel the hint of a tick infestation in your house, do make sure that you give us a call. At Pointe Pest Control, we take tick infestations very seriously. Ticks are not that easy to get rid of, which is why you will need our help. We are the experts trained and skilled in understanding what makes the ticks tick. As bad a pun as that may be, this is no joking matter.
Let us now take a better look at the enemy and know what the ticks are all about.
Tick Species Common in America
There are literally hundreds of different species of ticks all over the world. We are going to list down the ones that people in the US will probably find themselves interacting with in their lifetime. Here are the most common tick species in the US:
- Gulf Coast Tick
- Deer Tick
- Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
- Brown Dog Tick
- Lone Star Tick
Out of these species, there are two you need to be particularly worried about. The Rocky Mountain Wood ticks carry the Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If not properly treated, this disease is known to become deadly for a person. Then there is the Deer tick. These are the culprits behind the mysterious Lyme disease that we cannot seem to fully figure out.
Diseases Ticks Carry
Now you should know a little more about the diseases that you are vulnerable to in the case of a tick infestation. Ticks are known to carry several diseases. The fact that they latch on to mammals and feed on their blood means that they can easily transfer the diseases too.
- Tick Paralysis
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Colorado Tick Fever
We think that looking at this list should give you an idea of how much you should be worried.
What the Tick Does and Looks Like
Ticks go through multiple stages of development throughout their life cycle. Throughout all of them, ticks are going to be feeding on blood to grow and thrive. The final stage of the tick's life sees it make its way to the top of a tall grass of blade. They extend their front legs in the hopes that something will come by so that they can latch on. This peculiar way of ticks looking for a lift is called questing.
Ticks need warm blood for survival and they are able to detect the warmth being given off from mammals. As soon as any potential host comes near them, they become active. They latch on using their front legs and just look for a good spot on their host. Once they find a nice and secure place on their host, it is just a matter of making a tiny hole and feeding.
The most recognizable thing about ticks is their tiny size, eight legs and their brown or black color.
Where are Ticks Found
Tick infestations are actually more common throughout the country than you might think. The most commonly known tick has to be the black legged tick which is second in popularity only to the American dog tick. You can find them everywhere in the Midwest and the western regions of the country. The American dog tick is quite common across the state of California and in the Midwest.
Rocky Mountain Wood ticks are most commonly found in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. The Center for Disease Control has said that the Rocky Mountain Wood ticks can also be found in the state of Washington. They're mostly found outdoors. Areas with a lot of cover like wood piles and tall grass are their favorites. Oh and the brown dog tick is the most common tick out there. They are able to live both outdoors in nature and indoors in human settlements.
This is why your pets can easily get tick infestations and bring them into your homes to make it a problem for everybody in the house.
Get Rid of Tick Infestation, Call Us
Pointe Pest Control specializes in taking care of a lot of pests and tick infestations happens to be one we are very particular about. Tick infestations are not easy to deal with if you do not have the expertise, equipment and knowledge you need to deal with them. This is why you should not waste any time when you feel a tick infestation coming on.
We will send out technicians right away to examine the extent of the problem. They will then make a plan which is convenient for you and tick the ticks off the list.