What Everyone In Frederick Ought To Know About Ticks

October 30, 2020

If treated right, your yard is an extension of your living space. It is a place to hold outdoor gatherings with friends and family, an area for your kids to laugh, play, and run around, and somewhere you can lay and watch the clouds roll by. If treated wrong, however, your yard is an eyesore that threatens you and your pets with fleas and ticks every time you go outside. To make sure the latter isn’t true, here are a few things everyone ought to know about maintaining a healthy lawn in Frederick, MD, along with how ticks become a problem when landscaping is left mismanaged.

a tick burrowing into a persons arm

Common Ticks Around Frederick

Frederick is home to several different species of ticks. The three most common are lone star ticks, deer ticks, and American dog ticks. Here is what you need to know about each:

Lone Star Ticks
Lone star ticks are most commonly found around woodland areas where there is dense undergrowth, and animals are nearby. Common diseases spread by these pests include tularemia and ehrlichiosis. These reddish-brown pests are 1/6” to 1/2” long and are most active from May to early August.

Deer Ticks
Deer ticks are found around deciduous forests and are the prime carriers of Lyme disease. Out in nature, these pests’ primary source of food is white-tailed deer, hence their name. Identify this tick by its ⅛” long bodies, orange-brown color, and dark legs.

American Dog Ticks
American dog ticks primarily feed on humans and dogs and are mostly found around areas where the undergrowth is dense. These pests can carry around and spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Identify American dog ticks by their 3/16” long brown bodies and whitish to grey markings.

When engorged with a blood meal, ticks can grow upwards of five times their average size. Keep this in mind when trying to identify them.

How Ticks Attach To  A Host

Ticks are not mobile pests. They do not have wings to fly, strong legs to jump, or fast crawling speeds. All they have is their ability to climb. To attach to a host the ticks place themselves at the top of tall grasses and shrubs and reach out with their front legs and wait for a person or animal to walk by. If they get lucky and snag a meal, they will then look for a  good place to bury their head under the skin for a blood meal. Ticks are most likely to be found on necks, scalps, in groin areas, and on legs.

What A Tick Bite Feels Like

Despite ticks burying their head under your skin, a bite from one of these creatures is typically painless. The only time you might feel anything is when you pull them out. One danger that comes with tick bites is the threat of disease. Lyme disease specifically comes from a parasite that ticks carry that can enter into wounds after a tick finish feeding. Other diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever or tularemia spread through bacteria that gets into bite wounds while ticks are getting a meal.

How To Prevent Ticks

Several things draw ticks onto properties. To reduce the chances of a tick infestation on your property, use these practical prevention tips:

  • Trim your grass at least once a week.

  • Make sure your shrubs, trees, and gardens are well-maintained.

  • Address moisture issues around your property by fixing leaks, repairing broken gutters, and eliminating sources of water build-up.

  • Invest in high-quality tick control for your property.

At Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care, we don’t just fix and maintain lawns, we also fight back against nature’s most annoying and dangerous pests. If you are looking for the best way to keep ticks off your property, we have your tick control solution here. Give us a call today to schedule a service visit for your Frederick property, or to discuss lawn care options for your yard.

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