Ticks are both dangerous and annoying. To reduce the number ticks on your property, Mosquito Squad recommends following the 6-C’s of tick control:
Ticks love damp, shaded environments and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Clear out areas where lawn and tree debris gather and move compost piles away from high traffic areas. Separate those areas with wood chips or gravel, and avoid placing playground equipment, decks, or patios near wooded areas if possible.
Eliminate leaf piles and brush by cleaning up around the house and lawn edges, and mow the lawn consistently. This reduces the number of places that ticks can hide.
Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.
Familiarize yourself with the most likely tick hiding places on your property and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are all common hiding places.
Family pets are prime targets for ticks and can carry infected ticks into your home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars or sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to only use as directed and to always use caution.
Here at Mosquito Squad, we utilize our traditional barrier treatment to eliminate adult ticks on contact and guarantee tick protection on your property for the 21 days following application.
Although commonly referred to as insects, ticks are technically arachnids.
Ticks are classified as parasites since they all feed on the blood of host animals.
Tick species number in the hundreds, but only a handful typically transmits disease to humans.
The ticks of greatest concern in the US are the black legged tick (also known as the deer tick in the eastern U.S.), the Lone Star tick, and the dog tick.
Ticks do not jump or fly. Typically, they transfer to hosts by waiting on tall grass and crawling aboard when a mammal happens by.
Ticks are active when the ground temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ticks that endanger humans also choose deer hosts and are usually prevalent wherever deer are found.
Tick bites often go undetected because they do not hurt or itch.
Ticks that enter your home can live there for extended periods.
There are two families of ticks: hard ticks (Ixodidae) and soft ticks (Argasidae). Hard ticks have three distinct life stages: larva, nymph and adult. Soft ticks may go through a number of nymph stages before reaching adult status.
Tick larvae are not believed to carry pathogens. The pathogens are received from the host when the larvae take their first blood meal. They will not feed again until nymph stage.
The nymph stage is believed to be most responsible for infecting humans as nymphs are small and can more easily go undetected on the skin.