Tick

Recognition:

There are lots of species of ticks.  Luckily, they all look alike for the most part except for some markings and colorations.  Most tend to be brown to black in color.  They are small in size, about 10-15mm in length.  They will appear to be larger if they have engorged in a blood meal.

Biology:

Ticks tend to live in areas of brush, tall grasses and woods.  They are blood feeders and must consume a blood meal to lay eggs.  All life stages of the tick feed on blood.  They can be carrier of diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and so on.

What you can do:

Control begins with habit control.  Try to make your yard less attractive to these insects by doing all or some of the following.

  • Remove leaves
  • Clear tall grass or brush
  • Mow lawn frequently
  • Discourage wildlife from entering your yard
  • If you back up to woods, keep play things and activities away from edges of your yard

Treat your yard with pesticide will greatly reduce the numbers seen.  However, most homeowners do not have the proper equipment to treat such a large area.

What we can do:

Most of attention will be focus on the exterior as these are primarily an outside pest.  On the exterior we treat your yard with a backpack misting machine.  This create barrier for any tick trying to crawl into your yard.  This treatment is very effective for almost every other insect as well.  On the interior, we treat the basement and water source areas of the home to help prevent activity for common insects like ants and spiders. Our regular service programs will maintain this barrier year round to keep these and other unwanted pests out. 

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