The size of an adult tick can be smaller than the size of a sunflower seed. The larvae of the tick are less than I mm in size. So unless you really look for a tick, in all its stages of development, it can be difficult to find in a person’s hair or the fur of a pet at first. In addition, the most common ticks that cause problems are the American dog tick, the blacklegged or deer tick and the lone star tick. Now ticks are usually found in long grasses and wooded areas. Most of the male and female ticks feed on the blood of reptiles, birds and mammals. Some ticks will bite dogs, cats, humans and livestock. Usually the first sign of ticks are the ticks themselves because once they bite a person or animal, they swell up from the blood they have engorged themselves on becoming more visible. The other sign is a disease that they carry and can inflict on their victims with a bite, Lyme disease, which should be treated by a doctor at the first sign of it.
If there is a tick infestation in your home, you’ll need to call a professional exterminator to eliminate the problem.
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FACT ABOUT TICKS
There are four stages to a tick’s life: the egg, the larval, the nymphal and the adult stage. During the larval stage, the tick only has six legs. It has eight legs during the nymphal stage and the adult stage. The ticks consume blood as their food through all the stages. Any diseases that they pass can be passed on at any time through their life cycle. So if a tick is found on a person or pet, cautious removal is advised. The tick needs to be grasped from behind with tweezers and pulled out slowly. Don’t crush the tick because dangerous fluids can be released. Also making sure the tick’s mouthparts are removed is extremely important as well. Then wash the infected area thoroughly and disinfect. If there are medical concerns, get medical attention as soon as possible.
HOW TICKS GET INTO YOUR HOME
A tick comes into your home by hitchhiking on a person or a pet; or inside clothing. How ticks become a problem in the home is that if they find a suitable host, then they attach to the host. The ticks continue to survive only if they find a host. But they can lay they their eggs after having fed so even if they die, their children can live on assuming they find another host quickly. This can happen easily in a home since it has humans and possibly pets dwelling there. The exception to this is the brown dog tick which is a species that can survive longer and reproduce inside a home more readily and soft ticks. Too, other animals or pests can bring ticks inside to their living space, their nests, roots or burrows. Plus, if this living space is your home, it is an even more serious problem because you have two pests now; the tick and the other pest.
HOW TO REMOVE TICKS FROM HOME AND PROPERTY
If you have a tick infestation, we will send a tick exterminator to your home. The technician will inspect the property both inside and out. Then identifying what type of tick you have on your property will enable the technician to recommend the type of tick extermination process needed. Next, an explanation of the habits of ticks, their behaviors, what kind of habitats they like and how their life cycle works will be explained. So our tick exterminator may give recommendations on how to modify the areas that the ticks inhabit. Also, once the ticks have been treated, there may be a follow up inspection as well as additional treatment if needed that will be recommended.
If you need tick control in the Valley Cottage, NY, or Viola, NY area, or anywhere within the Rockland County area, call us.
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