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Description

Tick

Pest Stats

Color

Brown with whitish to gray markings

Legs

Larvae have 6 legs, nymphs and adults have 8 legs

Shape

Oval, flattened

Size

3/16” (5 mm) unengorged, 5/8” (15 mm) engorged

Antennae

No

Region

Found throughout the U.S., except the Rocky Mountains area

Habits

Ticks are cued to an incoming host by vibrations, chemical odors, and exhaled carbon dioxide. Ticks will then extend their forelegs to increase the chance of catching a passing host. They have four stages in their life and mating usually occurs while they are attached to a host and the female drops to the ground to lay her eggs. Females only need to feed one time to lay one large batch of eggs up to 10,000 eggs.

Habitat

Ticks prefer grassy areas with low vegetation where larger mammals pass by. American dog ticks do not survive well indoors. They migrate to wide regions to seek seasonal habitats.

Threats

Ticks are known to transmit a variety of diseases. Such diseases can include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, Texas cattle fever, and many more. It can also transmit tularemia, a rare bacterial infection, and cause tick paralysis.

Tick Prevention

Pet owners should practice active tick management as recommended by their vetinarian. If you suspect a tick infestation, it is important to hire a flea control professional to rid your home of fleas as soon as possible. The most effective way to get rid of fleas call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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