Monthly Archives: September 2014

Interesting Facts About Ticks

If you live in the Northeast, you know that ticks are prevalent and that they can transmit diseases to us, but what else do you know about these nuisance pests? Here are just a few interesting and not entirely pleasant facts about ticks………..

  • Ticks are arachnids, which means that they are related to spiders, mites, chiggers and scorpions, not insects.
  • Ticks aren’t born carrying the bacteria that transmits disease – Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  They obtain the bacteria by feeding off of hosts, such as mice and birds.  When feeding on humans, and our canine & feline pets, the bacteria are then passed to them. Some ticks can be the carrier of more than one of these diseases, thus transmitting multiple diseases with one single bite.
  • There are more than 800 species of ticks worldwide, but only the deer tick (black-legged tick) carries the bacteria that transmits Lyme Disease.
  • Ticks don’t fall from trees; they also don’t jump or fly.  They crawl up from the ground, or from the ends of twigs & low growing plants, where they lie in wait for a host from which to feed .  So, if you find one on your back, neck or head, that means it has been crawling on you for hours.
  • Ticks are not generally found in lawns as a properly maintained lawn is too hot and dry to sustain the tiny ticks.  They prefer to live in the cool, shady, moist woods; in ground covers, such as mulch beds and pachysandra; in stone walls; in brush, leaf and wood piles; and in fields of tall grass.
  • Ticks can find a host to feed off of through the sensing of body odor, temperature, moisture and vibrations.
  • Ticks have 4 life stages – Egg, Six-Legged Larva, Eight-Legged Nymph, and Adult.  Each stage requires them to feed off of a host for survival. Depending on the species, they have a life span of about 2 months to 2 years.
  • Female ticks can produce an average of 2500 eggs, which are usually laid under a pile of leaves.
  • In some ticks, the saliva acts like a cement.  It not only helps to hold the tick in place when it’s feeding, but it also makes the tick more difficult to remove from its host.
  • Ticks should be removed by using tweezers; pull it straight out, grasping it as closely to the host’s skin as possible. Be sure to remove the entire tick, including the head, which can be burrowed under the skin, making it difficult to see.
  • Ticks are active in temperatures 40 degrees and above, which means that during a warm, mild Winter, you’re likely to see them.
  • Tick bites can be prevented if the right measures are taken:  tick control protection for your property; thorough ticks checks after you, your family and pets have spent time outdoors; and the wearing of  treated clothing when hiking.  These are just a few ways to reduce the threat of ticks and the diseases that they carry.
Tick ID

Tick Identification Chart

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Tick Control – Spraying vs Granular Applications

There is more than one method to perform a tick control application on a property.  For this, we’re going to compare two of them: liquid tick spraying and granular applications.  There are also tick tubes, but we’ll discuss those in another post.

We prefer the liquid tick spray over the granular tick control application, and there’s a good reason for that.

Why?  Consider it this way…….think of a bowl of dry breakfast cereal and picture it as a pile of leaves (I chose to compare corn flakes to the leaves, as they look very similar in shape), imagine sugar as the granular product, and milk as the liquid tick control product.

It’s breakfast time and you’re making yourself a bowl of cereal.  You pour the cereal into the bowl.  When you add the sugar, what does it do?  Most of it just sits on top of the cereal, not really doing anything; very little of it makes its way down into the cereal.  What happens when you add the milk?  It saturates the cereal, not just in between each piece of cereal, but all the way to the bottom of the bowl. This is the same basic concept of how a tick spray works vs the granular application.

When you have a tick control application on your property, do you want a product that just sits there on top of the leaves, brush piles, pachysandra, mulch beds, etc. and has very little effect?  Or, do you want a product that gets down into all of those areas that the ticks are hiding and is more effective?  A tick spray is definitely the right approach to reduce the tick population on your property.

Protecting your Plants, Valuable.  Protecting your Family, Priceless!

Call us today to get your property on our tick control schedule.

For more information on tick control or any of our other services, visit our website  – http://www.deertickguard.com/

Fall Tick Control

Fall is one of the most important times to have your property sprayed for ticks.  Why?  Ticks thrive in cool, damp weather, and with all of the newly fallen leaves, they’ll have the perfect place to hide.  It’s true that some of those same weather conditions exist in the Spring when the bite risk is the highest for the ticks, but this is the time of year when the adult ticks are either getting ready to mate, or are already pregnant.  The more of these ticks that can be eliminated in the Fall, the better.  Eliminating them now means that there will be less ticks to lay eggs, and less eggs to hatch in the Spring, thus reducing the Spring & Summer tick population.

Don’t the ticks die in the winter?  Not really.  The ticks that don’t find the proper barrier from the cold, such as ground cover or snow, might die.  A warm, mild winter allows them to thrive.  In extreme cold temperatures, the cover that they find to live under allows them to survive the winter.  The last few winters have not only allowed them to stick around and wreak havoc much earlier than we normally have to deal with them, but their population seems to be increasing.

Protecting your Plants, Valuable.  Protecting your Family, Priceless!

Call us today to get your property on our tick control schedule.

For more information on tick control or any of our other services, visit our website – http://www.deertickguard.com/