What are ticks: Ticks are parasitic arachnids. Their only source of nutrients and food is human and animal blood. Since they like human and animal blood they can carry a wide variety of diseases. They are labeled as arachnids because they have eight legs and no wings. Ticks are about the size of a sesame seed so they can be hard to spot. Ticks have a special anchor around their mouth that helps them stay on the host. Ticks are small but their bodies start to swell up and get bigger once they start feeding.

Are ticks dangerous: Ticks can be dangerous because they can carry diseases. They carry these diseases on them through their saliva, once they bite you and latch on they can spread it to you. Some of the diseases ticks can carry are Lyme disease, Tularemia, and Ehrlichiosis.

Why do I have ticks: Ticks travel from host to host. They will wait in tall grass until someone comes along and brushes against it to latch onto the new host.

Where will I find them: Ticks are an outside pest. They make their way into houses by latching onto us or our pets. Once inside they will not cause a larger issue. They must breed outside in the damp soil to properly breed.

How do I get rid of them: Like any pest they can be difficult to get rid of as they like to create nests anywhere and everywhere outside of the home. By using Hawx pest control we can create a treatment plan to help eliminate any termites that may be around your home.

Preventing them: 

  • Make sure pets are up to date on all tick treatments. 
  • Make sure that any foliage around the home is kept cut short and trimmed back away from the house.
  • Don’t let grass get too long. The damp soil between the grass is great breeding grounds.
  • Make sure that if you have carpeted areas of the home where pets love to spend most of their time that it is vacuumed on a regular basis.
  • Keep the area around the home free of food sources for other animals. Either remove bird feeders or place them in an area where there is little to no foot traffic, keep the lids of trash cans sealed and closed. Don’t leave any uneaten food out around the house.

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