Often mistaken as insects due to their teeny-weeny appearance, ticks are arachnids having eight legs at the adult stage. These parasites are classified into two broad categories: soft and hard ticks. Birds and bats are targets of the former, while the latter feed on humans and pets. The common problem-causing tick species are the Western black-legged, brown dog, and rocky Mountain wood. Their control can be a difficult issue for you since they are minute in size, which makes them tricky to identify. Read on for more information about ticks pest control - facts, identification & control.
Some Facts about Ticks
Let’s have a look at some facts about ticks before moving on to their prevention and control.
- The color of ticks varies according to the species. It ranges from brownish red to greenish gray.
- They are extremely small in size. The adults can be even smaller than a sunflower seed.
- They are usually found near woody areas. However, some of them need moisture and humidity to survive.
- They also feed on blood meals taken from humans and animals. They don’t have a specific host however and bite whoever is available to them.
- At the larvae stage, they have only six legs that increase up to eight as they reach the adult stage.
How to Identify and Control Ticks
Well, there aren’t any specific signs of tick infestation. The primary sign is the presence of ticks themselves. They can be hard to see, but they get bigger once they are done with sucking blood which makes them engorged. Tick bites cause diseases, so the medical symptoms are the secondary signs of their presence. They search for secret places to hide within your home. Here are a few preventive measures you can take to avoid ticks.
- Fill the fissures and gaps in your home.
- Cut the grass short and trim and clean your garden.
- Remove bird and rodent nests because ticks breed and grow there the most.
If you have identified a tick infestation, first follow the aforementioned points quickly. Then call Termanator where a team of pest control professionals is available to assist you for the eradication of ticks. They apply chemical or non-chemical treatments (depending on the population growth) and recommend a course of future actions. Because ticks feed on human and animal blood, crushing and killing them may trigger the release of dangerous fluids. Our pest controllers not only kill the ticks, but also eradicate the fluids released from their body, ensuring continued safety.