Pests We Treat : Ticks

Ticks are notorious pests that cling onto animals and humans and suck their blood. Ticks are a leading transmitter of Lyme Disease and can be incredibly difficult to eliminate. Their tiny bodies are covered by a hard exoskeleton that makes them hard to kill. Similarly, once they make their way inside your home, they are fast breeders and can quickly infest your space.

Whether you are dealing with an infestation outside or inside your home, My Pest Pros is the team to turn to. We understand the sense of fear and uncertainty that can accompany discovering a tick on you.

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How to Identify Ticks

A tick burrowing into skin

Ticks are small blood-sucking pests that attach to humans and animals searching for blood. Ticks typically have eight legs, a small head, and round/flat bodies. The most common type of tick in the Northern Virginia, D.C. Metro, and Maryland region is the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick).

Depending on the gender, deer ticks are either dark black with a light brown ring on the edge of their body or a dark red/brown color with a dark black spot located behind the head.

Typically ticks are accidental intruders in your home. They are usually found in areas with tall grass, shrubs, or trees. As humans or animals walk through these areas, ticks brush up against them and hitch a ride.

Once they are on you or the animal, they will try to find a warm/moist area of the body to attach themselves. Many people do not notice them at first and only see them once the area becomes itchy from the bite. They are most active in the warmer months

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Tips for Preventing Ticks

  • Avoid woodsy and grassy areas.
  • Apply monthly tick prevention on your animals.
  • Examine yourself and your pets after going outside.
  • Take a shower after going for a walk.
  • Wear long pants, socks, and sleeves if you are going into wooded areas.
  • Check clothing for ticks and wash them thoroughly.

How My Pest Pros Helps

While Ticks do not actively seek out your home, they will quickly take advantage of it and reproduce. Similarly, your outdoor space is the perfect place for them to find something to attach to. Make sure you are protecting your pets and loved ones with the help of My Pest Pros.

Our technicians know where ticks like to hide in your home and on your property. We perform a thorough inspection before formulating a plan of action. Whether you have an outdoor or indoor infestation, My Pest Pros is here to help set your mind at ease.

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