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Ticks

There are several varieties of tick species that inhabit our yards and walking trails. Ticks collectively are parasitic as they rely on the blood of mammals for survival and reproduction. Commonly they will feed on deer, dogs, cats, and people. Ticks may be present wherever there is yard waste or tall grass present. Ticks climb to the tallest spot on the grass or brush and extend their legs as mammals walk past, quickly climbing on the host to locate a warm, secluded dark area to begin feeding. 

Identification & Facts(many species)

All species of tick are small. When not engorged after feeding, they are flat-bodied and rather resilient. All ticks are a type of arachnid as adults have 4 pairs of legs. However, as a larva, they only have 3 pairs of legs.

 

Common species found in our area:

  • American Dog Ticks

  • Black-Legged (Deer) Ticks

  • Asian Longhorn Tick

  • Lone Star tick

Some of these species of ticks can transmit very severe diseases to humans and pets, one of the most common being Lyme Disease. This bacteria is carried by the Black-Legged (Deer) tick. The tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. 

Ellington Pest is proud to provide a custom treatment strategy based on your yard or walking areas. For more information contact us about our treatment strategies and frequencies. 

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