What You Need To Know About Ticks

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Types Of Ticks

In our Texas service area, ticks are a serious pest-control threat. The diseases they can carry have a wide-reaching impact. Let's take a quick look at the tick species you can expect to find on your Texas property, and what you need to know most about them.

Lone Star Ticks

Let's start with the tick that bears the name of the Lone Star State. An unfed Lone Star tick is 3 to 4 mm in length and has a single white or yellow mark on its back. The disease most associated with these ticks is STARI, which is an illness that can lead to a lifelong allergy to red meat.

Black-legged Ticks

This tick species ranges from 3 - 5 mm in length and its females have a moon-shaped coloration that separates the top of its back from the bottom of its back. This coloration is often brownish orange. This tick species is responsible for spreading Lyme disease. In its early stage, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, but, if misdiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to many lifelong health complications.

Brown Dog Ticks

An unfed brown dog tick is around 3 mm long but is able to grow to be 12 mm during feeding. As its name implies, the brown dog tick targets dogs. It rarely feeds on humans. The diseases it is known to transfer to canines are ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Of all the ticks listed on this page, this tick is most likely to be a household pest because they can complete their entire life cycle indoors.

American Dog Ticks

These brown ticks with their white to gray marking are around 5 mm unfed, and 15 mm engorged. While this tick prefers the scent of animals, they can transfer to humans. That makes this tick a threat for Rocky Mountain spotted fever in humans.

Texas Tick Tips

Here are some points of information that will help you protect yourself, your family, and your pets, from all of these ticks:

  • Ticks are small, especially ticks that have not reached their adult stage of development. They are so small that a single field mouse can have as many as 100 ticks on it. That makes rodents a vector for tick-borne diseases inside homes. If you have a rodent problem, it is vital to get it properly arrested.
  • Tick diseases don't transfer immediately. If you find a tick that is feeding, proper removal can prevent the spread of disease. If you do not have a tick removal kit, use tweezers to carefully pull the tick straight out by pinching near the head.
  • Ticks hang out in shaded, moist areas that are often provided by shrubs, bushes, and external structures. When you have these treated by a professional, you can significantly reduce the threat of ticks.
  • Ticks do not come into your home on their own. They ride in. The more you do to prevent ticks in your yard, the lower your risks will be.
  • Pet owners are at greater risk for tick-borne diseases. Make sure your pets have veterinarian-prescribed tick control products and consider creating a fenced area for your pets. This will keep your pets from getting to tall, grassy areas on the edge of your property (where ticks hide) and prevent wildlife from getting into that area. Ticks don't come into your yard, they are carried in by furry animals and birds.
  • If you have bird feeders, you may be unknowingly increasing your risk of tick-borne diseases.
  • Any conditions that lure wildlife into your yard, like unsecured trash, will increase your chances of having a tick infestation.

If you live in Texas, find out if you're in our service area. Modern Pest Control offers industry-leading solutions for tick management. While it is not possible to guarantee a tick-free yard, with the right tick-control protocols it is possible to reduce tick populations to zero. It requires an understanding of how ticks travel and a cooperation between you and your certified pest control technician. At Modern Pest Control, we work closely with our customers to ensure the most effective pest management possible. If you don't believe us, just take a look at our reviews on Google.

When it comes to creating a pest-free environment, you can trust Modern Pest Control to give you the best results possible.

 

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