Just like in our American Pest Control Flea article, we believe it is the smallest pests that scare people the most. Ticks, for example, are another kind of pest that freak people out to no end. However, there are steps that can be taken to help someone with a tick problem in their home or on their property.
Ticks are parasites that feed off of the blood of mammal hosts and are a serious problem because they often carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, Colorado tick fever, and more.
While ticks are found across the globe, they are particularly present in warm and damp climates. When in wooded areas, be sure to be cautious and check your skin after leaving. If you see a tick, carefully remove it with tweezers and disinfect the area.
Lone Star Ticks
Lone Stars are distinct in that they have a silver spot on their oval-shaped, blackish brown bodies. They also attack more humans than any other kind of tick in the southeastern parts of the United States and are most often found in damp, dark areas. Lone Star ticks are carriers of tularemia and cause tick-paralysis. They have also been known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and lyme disease.
Deer or “Blacklegged” Tick
Named for their distinct black legs that do not match their lighter-colored, orangish-brown body, the Blacklegged tick prefers the white-tailed deer as a host to feed on. Found across the eastern and mid-atlantic states, these ticks are found primarily in vegetation along transitional areas like forest edges. Deer ticks carry Lyme, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.
American Dog Tick
You guessed it: these ticks are found exclusively in North America and they prefer to feed on dogs. However, they are most often found on dogs and humans. Oval shaped, brown, and speckled with light grey markings, the American Dog tick also carries Rocky Mountain spotted fever.