Ticks are arthropods, such as lions. There are over 800 species of ticks across the world. Ticks are the top carriers (vectors) of diseases to people in the USA, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. It’s not the tick bite but the toxins, secretions, or organisms in the tick’s saliva transmitted through the bite which causes disease.

Why You Need Professional Tick Control

Two families of ticks, Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks), are very important to humans due to the diseases or ailments that they can transmit or cause. Hard ticks have a challenging back plate or scum that define their appearance. The hard ticks often attach and feed for hours to days. Infection transmission usually occurs near the end of a meal, since the tick becomes full of blood. 

Soft ticks have more curved bodies and don’t have the difficult scum found in hard ticks. These ticks usually feed for less than 1 hour. Disease transmission from these ticks can happen in less than a minute. 

The sting of some of those ticks produces intensely painful reactions. Ticks can transmit disease to a lot of hosts; some cause economic injury such as Texas fever (bovine babesiosis) in cows which could kill up to 90 percent of yearling cows.

Identifying Ticks

Ticks not only result in irritation and distress, but they are also capable of transmitting serious diseases to humans and other creatures. Females and males of most species feed on blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles. 

Each species does have a preferred host, but most will feed on whatever blood is available to them. Most will feed on whatever blood is available to them.

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Behavior, Diet And Habits

Where Do They Live?

Often located near mountainous and highly vegetated areas. Some species need moisture to survive. Inside, they may live inside cracks, crevices, or their host’s nest or burrow.

What Do They Eat?

Females and males of most species feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Each species does have a preferred host, although most will feed on whatever blood is available to them. Thus, ticks are known to snack :

  • Humans
  • Cats and Dogs
  • Livestock
  • Deer

Life Cycle

Ticks consume blood vessels during all four phases of the life cycles. Pathogens, or organisms which cause diseases in the animals they infect, may be passed through the phases of a tick’s life cycle. There are four phases:

  • Egg
  • Larval
  • Nymphal
  • {Adult|Mature }

Family Ixodidae

How Can I Get Ticks?

Ticks don’t fly or jump, but they can latch onto fur, clothing, or skin. These pests often hitchhike inside on pets or household pests such as rats and mice. Tick infestation may also indicate a stray animal (opossum, raccoon, etc.) is residing near a house. 

Exceptions to this rule are brown dog ticks, a species which survives and reproduces quite well indoors, and soft ticks that occasionally invade structures trying to find a host.

How Dangerous Are Ticks

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The following is a list of tick-borne diseases, the usual tick vector(s), as well as the pathogen(s) the tick transmits:

  • Lyme disease — Ixodes species such as deer ticks (hard ticks) — vectors for Borrelia species of bacteria
  • Babesiosis — Ixodes species (hard ticks) — vectors for Babesia, a protozoan
  • Ehrlichiosis — Amblyomma americanum or lone star ticks (hard ticks) — vectors for Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii bacterial species
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever — Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick) and Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) (hard tick) are the main vectors and sometimes the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus); Amblyomma cajennense (hard tick) is the vector in countries south of the United States — vectors for Rickettsia bacteria

These pests don’t pose much of a danger to well-built homes with efficiently constructed and maintained exclusionary measures, unless there’s a host’s burrow or nest within the structure. 

Nevertheless, in rustic cabins or older, poorly constructed and maintained houses with many sources of entrance, the pests may try to feed on people before returning to their sheltered sites. According to a recent CDC announcement, the amount of illnesses brought on by tick bites tripled between 2004 and 2016.

Problem Species

Various species of ticks can transmit over 15 viruses and viruses. A number of these problem ticks contain:

  • Lyme Disease
  • American dog ticks
  • Deer or blacklegged ticks
  • Lone star ticks

Among the more common tick-borne disorders is Lyme disease. If left untreated, Lyme disease can affect the heart and nervous system, so early detection and medical intervention are crucial. Symptoms include:

  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Skin rash

How do i prevent a Tick infestation?

The disposal of empty bird and bark nesting materials is necessary, as they’ll readily infest these products. The insects prefer tall grass and brush, so trimming lawns and including gravel barriers around wooded areas and patios can help stop bites.

Prevention for Pets

Regular pet inspections can decrease the possibility of your pet contracting a tick-borne disorder . Feeding ticks should be removed after they’re discovered. Many remedies are also available in the vet’s office for tick control.

Removing Ticks from People & Pets

Ticks found on pets or individuals need careful and thorough removal. They ought to be grasped behind the mind by tweezers and pulled slowly away in the host’s skin. Crushing the insect can cause the release of additional dangerous fluids. 

It’s necessary that the mouthparts are completely removed from the wound, also. Infected areas should be thoroughly washed and disinfected. If there are concerns caused by a flea or tick bite, seek medical care immediately.

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Signs of Infestation

The first signs are usually the pests themselves. Secondary signs may include medical symptoms from ailments or fluids transmitted by ticks. These may change and is best left to a medical practitioner for diagnosis. Repairing any cracks or openings and keeping grass cut short outside may discourage infestations.

How To get rid of Ticks?

Your Super Exterminators service technician treats for ticks on your property with a comprehensive, integrated tick management program. While the particular requirements of a management plan are situational and will change, the following control actions and recommendations will be factored into your plan:

Inspection & Identification

The first step your Super Exterminators technician takes is to inspect the property – possibly both inside and outside the house since ticks can be brought inside on clothes and by pets. The inspection includes information associated with tick distribution on the house and will also include species identification.


Your technician will offer some basic facts about the pests including behaviors, life cycle, etc.. They will also explain how to identify ticks, the way to prevent tick exposure, and provide a recommendation to contact your medical professional or veterinarian for advice on using tick repellent, therapy products, and therapy guidance if a tick-borne disease be guessed.

Tick Habitat Modifications

Employing the review findings, your technician may recommend modifying regions of tick habitat which will open previously shaded areas to sunlight. Exposing an area to sunlight reduces moisture and reduces tick habitat. 

Moreover, your technician will recommend removing protective websites like heavy, thick leaf litter, thick ground cover around the property’s perimeter and protective areas like fallen logs, firewood piles, and rock piles. Habitat alterations should target areas frequented by pets and family members, not necessarily the whole property.

Chemical Applications

The program also identifies locations where tick control products can be used effectively in accordance with approved instructions on the product tag. Areas the tech will focus on include ground cover plants, areas where the yard meets the forests, decorative plantings, etc..


A follow-up review and extra control work, if necessary, will be provided per the stipulations of your accepted service arrangement.

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