What Are Ticks?

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Ticks are small, arachnid-like parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. They can be found in various habitats worldwide and affect a wide range of animals, including humans. Ticks vary in size, depending on their species and life stage. Adults range from about 1-2mm long for smaller species to 5-10mm for larger ones. Nymphs tend to be much smaller than adults. They are only 0.5-1mm in length when unfed. The most common type of tick is the hard tick, which has a shell-like body and two sections on its head. Soft ticks have leathery bodies and lack two distinct head structures. Hard ticks spend their entire life cycle on one host, while soft ticks can move between hosts.

Are Ticks Dangerous?

Ticks are dangerous due to the diseases they can transmit to humans and animals. Some of the most common illnesses transmitted by ticks are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tularemia. They attach themselves to their host’s skin and feed on their blood, injecting saliva that contains pathogens that can cause infections. Tick-borne diseases can be difficult to diagnose due to the wide range of symptoms, such as muscle aches and fatigue. However, the illness can become chronic or even life-threatening if left untreated.

Why Do I Have a Tick Problem?

Several different factors can cause tick infestations in homes. In some cases, ticks may hitch a ride indoors on animals such as dogs or cats that have been outdoors. They may enter the home through open windows or doors and crawl into carpets and other fabrics to find hosts for their blood meals. Homes located near wooded areas are particularly vulnerable to tick infestation due to the abundance of wild animals that could bring them inside unknowingly. Additionally, certain landscaping materials, such as mulch or woodpiles, can provide shelter for ticks and give them easy access to your home.

Where Will I Find Ticks?

Ticks can be found in various places around the home. They hide in dark and damp areas, such as behind furniture, under rugs and carpets, and in closets. Ticks may also inhabit pet bedding, baseboards, crevices of walls, window frames, and even ceiling fixtures. Therefore, inspecting these places regularly for signs of ticks is crucial. Checking outdoor spaces around the house, including yards and gardens, is also vital. Finally, an inspection of clothing worn outdoors should also be done to ensure that ticks are not hitchhiking their way into the house.
How Do I Get Rid of Ticks?

The professionals at Kansas City Pest Control use a variety of methods to get rid of ticks depending on the specific situation. They first locate and identify tick-infested areas, then treat them with chemical treatments or other techniques to reduce the local tick population. They also inspect and treat pets for ticks if necessary. Finally, our professionals can provide regular lawn care and maintenance services to help keep your property free from infestations. By working with our professional pest control company, you can be sure that any ticks in the area are eliminated quickly and effectively.

How Do I Prevent Tick Infestations in the Future?
The best way to prevent a tick infestation in the future is by following a few simple steps. First, keep grass and vegetation trimmed around your home or property. This will reduce the number of places ticks can hide. Second, use an insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors. This will help repel ticks and other insects from attaching themselves to you or your clothing. Also, check yourself for ticks when coming indoors after being outside, especially during summer when ticks are most active. Thirdly, if you have pets, talk to your veterinarian about tick-prevention products for them as well. These steps should help protect your home and family from unwanted tick infestations!

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