Ticks

What are ticks?

Ticks are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of people, pets, and wild animals (warm-blooded mammals) using their specialized mouthparts. Ticks are closely related to spiders and adults all have eight legs. There are many species of ticks living across the country and throughout Western Tennessee. Before feeding, most ticks have flat, oval shaped bodies. After feeding, ticks' bodies expand in a balloon-like manner. Ticks that feed on people, pets, and wildlife are “hard” ticks, while ticks that feed on bats and birds are referred to as “soft” ticks. The coloring and exact size of ticks is species-dependent.

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Are ticks dangerous?

Ticks are dangerous pests, and can create health risks for you, your family, and your pets. Depending on the exact species, ticks can spread diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis. Due to the serious illnesses ticks can spread, it is important that tick populations are not allowed to flourish.

Why do I have a tick problem?

Ticks feed on the blood of many different wild animals, and are most often introduced onto properties by wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons, deer, mice, and skunks. Ticks thrive on properties that have many dark & moist areas where they can hide out.

Where will I find ticks?

Ticks seek shelter in shady, humid areas, and can become especially problematic in spots where wooded areas meet lawns. Other hiding spots for ticks include tall grasses, thick vegetation around ponds & lakes, in overgrown shrubs & bushes, and in ditches along roadways. Ticks then lay in wait in their hiding spots for a host (you, your kids, or pets) to happen by that they can attach themselves to. Most tick species can only breed outdoors and do not survive for long periods of time indoors.

How do I get rid of ticks?

The best way to deal with a tick problem is to partner with a pest control professional. At HTP Termite & Pest Control, Inc., we offer effective tick control services. Our team of experienced professionals utilize modern treatments. We also provide eco-friendly and EPA-registered products to accurately identify the tick species you're dealing with and solve your property’s tick problem. Our guaranteed residential pest control services can help protect your West Tennessee property from tick invasions and the problems they cause. To learn more, reach out to us at HTP!

How can I prevent ticks in the future?

Preventing problems with ticks can be a difficult task, but there are several things you can do in and around your property to make it less attractive to them:

  • Keep your lawn cut short.

  • Establish a perimeter of crushed stone between your lawn and wooded areas.

  • Trim back tree branches to allow the sun to hit the ground and dry out the soil. 

  • Remove wood piles and other piles of debris from your property.

  • Remove wild animal feeders from your property. 

  • Place pets on a year-round tick control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.

 

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