Pest Guide : What Is a Tick?

What You Need to Know About Ticks

Ticks are parasites that belong to the family Ixodidae. They can spread a number of illnesses, making them a serious danger to you and your home. Contact our team to manage your tick population today.

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How to Identify a Tick Infestation

The most common ticks found in the greater Washington, D.C. area include Deer Ticks, Black Legged Ticks and the Brown Dog Tick.

Brown dog tick

All ticks are external parasites that feed on mammal’s blood. Popular hosts include foxes, deer, raccoons, rabbits, dogs, and even humans. There are many species of ticks to be aware of in our area. The most common include the Black Legged Tick and the Brown Dog Tick.

The Black Legged Tick is sometimes called the Deer Tick. It has a flattened, oval shape, and it does not have a hard shell. Its mouth part is pointed and visible. The larvae are about 0.7 millimeters long and have six legs. Nymphs are slightly bigger at 1.1 to 1.8 millimeters long, and they have eight legs. Adult females are the largest at 2.7 millimeters long, whereas males are only about 2 millimeters long.

This species is orange-brown before feeding, but it will get darker after feeding. They also become engorged after finishing a blood meal. Black Legged Ticks live for two years and begin hatching in the spring. They only feed once for three to nine days and prefer small species.

Brown Dog Ticks are all about 3 millimeters long before eating but 12 millimeters long after eating. The body is flat. You can separate the males from the females because males have tiny pits on their backs. Before eating, Brown Dog Ticks are reddish brown in color, but they almost look olive or gray blue after a blood meal.

Brown Dog Ticks normally have three hosts. Females lay eggs on dogs and the eggs hatch within 19 to 60 days. The seed ticks will go on. It can take anywhere from one week to four weeks for the nymphs to become adults. Once adults, they will seek out a host, preferably a dog. The entire life cycle of the Brown Dog Tick is about 2 years.

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Common Questions About Ticks

Ticks are normally brought onto property by wild animals. They will sit on a host until they hop off and search for another host. Once on your property, the ticks may jump onto your pets, your children, or you as they are looking for another blood meal.

Ticks are incredibly dangerous. They can carry diseases and illnesses, such as Lyme disease, babesiosis, and human ehrlichiosis. Just one infected tick can infect three different hosts.

Getting rid of ticks is a serious challenge because they can be brought onto your property by so many animals. They are also small, making them difficult to identify. The best course of action for ticks on your property is to call an exterminator such as My Pest Pros right away.

You can find DIY tick management solutions, but they are often ineffective and may put your family and pets at risk. It’s best to go straight to professionals and avoid DIY methods to ensure everyone on your property is safe from the diseases that ticks spread.

Tips for Preventing Ticks

  • Mow your lawn regularly and clear leaves.
  • Keep tall grasses and overgrowth trimmed.
  • Stack wood in a dry location away from your home.
  • Avoid using plants that area attractive to deer.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts when outside.
  • Consult your veterinarian on the best protection for pets.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Ticks

With over ten years of pest control experience, we know what it takes to help control ticks, mosquitoes, ants, termites, and other pests.

Our team is expertly trained in identifying, preventing, and exterminating sources of ticks in your yard or home. We use EPA-registered pest control products that are highly effective at eradicating and preventing ticks. Furthermore, our team members are all trained in applying these products in the safest ways to protect your family or pets.

Given the seriousness of ticks, our team will be on your property ASAP to handle any tick infestations.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your tick problem, today and tomorrow.

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