Tick Facts, Information, And Treatment

Ticks are a common pest that can cause numerous problems for homeowners and business owners alike. These tiny creatures can not only pose health risks but also create an uncomfortable and unhygienic environment. In this article, we will discuss ticks in detail, the problems they cause, and how Atlas Termite & Pest Control can help you keep your property tick-free.

Types Of Ticks

1.Black-legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Also known as the deer tick, the black-legged tick is found primarily in the eastern United States. They inhabit wooded and grassy areas, especially those with a high deer population. This tick is known to transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis to humans.

2. Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum)

The Lone Star tick is found predominantly in the southeastern United States. They prefer wooded and brushy areas with tall grasses. These ticks can transmit diseases such as ehrlichiosis and tularemia.

3. American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

The American dog tick is widespread throughout North America, particularly in areas with little or no tree cover. They often inhabit grassy fields and along walkways and trails. This tick is known to carry the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

4. Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

As the name suggests, this tick is commonly found on dogs and is distributed worldwide. They are most often found in warm, urban environments and can transmit canine ehrlichiosis and babesiosis to dogs.

Tick Infestation Problems

Ticks can transmit various diseases to humans and animals, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia. These diseases can cause serious health issues if left untreated, including joint pain, fatigue, neurological problems, and even death. Additionally, ticks can cause skin irritation and infection at the site of the bite.

A tick infestation can also lead to secondary pest problems, as ticks can attract other pests like rodents and birds searching for food. This can result in further damage to your property and increased health risks.

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Tick Behaviors

Ticks have a unique behavior known as “questing,” in which they wait on tall grasses or other vegetation with their front legs extended, ready to latch onto a host as it passes by. They are attracted to warmth, body odor, and carbon dioxide emitted by potential hosts, making humans and pets prime targets.

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Where Ticks Live

Ticks are ectoparasites, which means they live on the outside of their host’s body, feeding on their blood. They have a complex life cycle that includes egg, larva, nymph, and adult stages. Ticks are categorized into two main families: Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks). Hard ticks have a tough outer shell, while soft ticks have a more leathery appearance.

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Damage Ticks Can Cause

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by the American dog tick. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and a distinctive rash. If not treated promptly, it can lead to severe illness or even death.

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Atlas Termite & Pest Control: Your Solution For Tick Extermination Services

Controlling tick populations can be challenging due to their small size, mobility, and ability to reproduce rapidly. DIY methods like mowing the lawn and using tick repellent sprays may provide temporary relief but are often insufficient in dealing with an infestation.

Hiring a professional pest control company like Atlas Termite & Pest Control is a more effective solution. Our team of experts has experience and knowledge in managing tick populations, ensuring that your property remains tick-free. We use specialized equipment and techniques to identify and treat tick hotspots, reducing the risk of future infestations.

In addition to tick control, Atlas Termite & Pest Control also offers ant extermination services. Our team utilizes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies, combining chemical and non-chemical methods to provide comprehensive ant control. This includes baiting systems, crack and crevice treatments, and barrier applications to eliminate existing ant colonies and prevent new ones from forming.

To maintain a pest-free property, it’s essential to take preventive measures, such as sealing entry points, eliminating food sources, and maintaining proper sanitation. Our team at Atlas Termite & Pest Control can help you develop a customized pest management plan to keep your home or business free of ants, ticks, and other pests over time.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ticks

The most common types of ticks include the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also known as the deer tick, the Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), and the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus). These ticks vary in their geographical distribution, preferred habitats, and diseases they transmit.

To prevent tick bites, follow these steps:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas, particularly tall grasses and wooded regions.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to spot ticks easily.
  • Apply insect repellents containing DEET or picaridin on your skin and clothing.
  • Perform regular tick checks on yourself, your children, and pets after spending time outdoors.

If you find a tick attached to your skin, follow these steps to remove it correctly:

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure, avoiding twisting or jerking the tick, which can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin.
  • Once the tick is removed, clean the bite area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.
  • Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet, placing it in a sealed bag, or submerging it in alcohol.

Symptoms of tick-borne diseases can vary depending on the specific disease but may include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, and rashes. Some tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, may also cause more severe symptoms if left untreated, including heart and neurological complications. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience any symptoms after a tick bite.

Ticks are small arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles or amphibians. Extermination is necessary because they can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and others to humans and pets.

You might have a tick infestation if you or your pets experience frequent tick bites, you find ticks in your home or yard regularly, or you notice wildlife often traversing your property (which can carry ticks).

Professional exterminators may use various methods including chemical treatments with pesticides specifically designed to target ticks, habitat modification to make the environment less attractive for ticks by removing leaf litter and tall grasses, and treating areas where pets spend time outdoors.

Yes, natural methods include using diatomaceous earth or botanical repellents like cedar oil. DIY control measures involve keeping grass cut short, clearing brush and leaf piles where ticks thrive, creating barriers with gravel or wood chips between wooded areas and lawns, and using over-the-counter sprays designed for yards.

Atlas Termite & Pest Control offers thorough inspection, customized treatment plans, expert technicians, prevention strategies, and a satisfaction guarantee to effectively eliminate tick infestations.