Ticks

Your Chicagoland Guide on Ticks

The Breakdown

COLOR

SIZE

LEGS

DANGER/DESTRUCTION RATING

Brown

1/16 – 1/8 in

8

HIGH

Ticks

Ticks are small little creatures and are about 1/16 to 1/8 inches long. They are usually a dark orange-brown with legs that are a dark reddish-brown, however, ticks can vary in size and shapes. The shape of a tick is very similar to a tear drop with flattened like bodies. The reason why it’s important to take care of an infestation right away is because they can transmit Lyme disease which is the most significant tick-borne disease in the U.S. More than 10,000 people are infected with this disease a year and it is one in which medical attention is needed. Most ticks are found near wooded and vegetated areas so if you are taking your dog for a walk, be sure to check them before they get into your home. Ticks attach themselves onto bodies and feed on as much blood as they can. When removing a tick, you want to be careful not to crush them because it may release bodily fluids that are dangerous.

Signs of an Infestation

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.

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Understanding the Seasons

Weather has a profound effect on pest life cycle. Most pests, rodents and insects breed aggressively during spring and go through periods of hibernation during autumn and winter.

When the weather slowly begins to heat up, pests start to get more active after having stayed dormant over the colder winter months.

  • Birds often start to find mates and start building their nests.
  • Moths which consumer leaves usually become active again.
  • Flies often emerge from their winter hibernation places and start to breed and spread out.
  • Squirrels also spend the winter in hibernation. When spring approaches these creatures start looking for a new home. This is usually the time when they make their way into lofts and other spaces.

Summer is arguably the best season for pests. It is the time when they are in full swing and breed as rapidly as they can. Wasps are one of the most common summer pests followed by flies and rodents. Many a summer picnics and BBQs have been ruined by the ‘home invasion’ of these pests.

  • Wasps build their nesting grounds and lay their eggs during this time. Although the creatures are not directly harmful, they can be very aggressive and territorial at this time of the year, because they’re at their strongest.
  • The number of fleas also multiplies. Since pets spend more time outdoors during summer, they are more likely to bring the pests back indoors with them.
  • Bees are also more active during summer as they go out to gather nectar. Many times, homeowners find a new beehive in their garden and require pest control to take care of it. Because of their sting, bees are more dangerous than some of the other pests and you should call our professional service to get rid of them.
  • Moths and flies usually start to multiply significantly during summer.
  • Ants begin to swarm to find new mates and start new colonies during summer.
  • Cockroaches become very noticeable in the summer, especially in the kitchen and toilets. This is due to the hotter temperatures and stronger smells.
  • Bedbugs are also very active in the summer.

Autumn is the month when things start to get cooler. The number of pests starts to dwindle as they begin to slow down their breeding activities.

  • Wasps start becoming dozy and docile. You may find them buzzing around occasionally as if they are drunk. This is usually the end-time for their life.
  • Spiders in particular are more active at this time of the year.
  • Squirrels will gather their food and start to look for shelter.
  • The second breeding phase for flies begins. These pests remain active during the season.
  • Rodents also become more active. Due to the approaching cold, rodents usually find shelter inside homes in the loft or inside walls.

The coldest months are when pests seek out warmth and shelter. You will find a number of insects especially rodents and lizards make their way inside your home.

  • Spiders come into our homes to escape the web-destroying frosts.
  • Rodents move indoors to escape the cold, increasing infestations.
  • In many cases, homeowners find squirrels nesting in lofts when they go to get their Christmas decorations.

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