What are ticks?
Ticks are ectoparasites whose only food source is the blood that comes from animals and people. They are a type of arachnid and are closely related to mites, spiders, and scorpions. Some easy-to-identify physical characteristics of ticks include eight legs and a singular, oval-shaped body region. Ticks also have cutting mouthparts they use to cut the skin of their host and insert a barbed, tube-like structure to anchor themselves and feed, their bodies swelling in a balloon-like manner.
Some of the most common species of ticks living in Central Maryland are listed below:
American dog ticks
Brown dog ticks
Lone star ticks
Are ticks dangerous?
Ticks are dangerous because of the large number of diseases they can spread to people and animals. They feed on a wide variety of hosts, meaning they have the potential to come into contact with many disease pathogens. Diseases ticks spread include anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis. Due to the dangerous diseases they spread, large populations of ticks should never be allowed to develop on your property.
Why do I have a tick problem?
Ticks are outdoor pests that move from location to location on the backs of their animal hosts; rodents are major hosts for ticks, and they are often what brings ticks onto properties. Things like bird feeders, open trash cans, compost piles, and other food sources attract tick-infested rodents and other wild animals to your yard. If these wild animal hosts ever find their way into your house, they also bring with them the ticks that are on their bodies.
Where will I find ticks?
Ticks live and breed outside, and they are not capable of completing their life cycle indoors – usually requiring damp soil in which to lay their eggs. The brown dog tick is the exception to this rule; they can breed either inside or outside and can become problematic inside homes, veterinarian offices, and grooming facilities. Outdoors, ticks wait in tall grasses, in wooded areas, at the edges of wooded paths, and in thick vegetation for a host to come by that they can crawl onto.
How do I get rid of ticks?
The best way to eliminate current problems with ticks and prevent future ones is to partner with Royal Greens, Inc. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to solve their unique pest control problems. We provide the services necessary to ensure long-term results to your pest problems here in Maryland. We get rid of ticks and other pests with the help of our effective home pest control services in Central Maryland. Our professionals know all about ticks, as well as how to keep them off of your property and out of your home. To protect your Central Maryland home from ants, reach out to Royal Greens today!
How can I prevent ticks in the future?
In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help you avoid problems with ticks:
Place pets on a year-round tick control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.
Remove bird feeders from your property that could attract foraging wild animals.
Keep your lawn cut short and trim back overgrown shrubs and bushes.
Regularly vacuum your home to pick up stray ticks.
Create a stone or crushed rock barrier between wooded areas and your lawn.
Seal up openings in your home to prevent wild animals from nesting within your walls.
Before coming indoors after spending time outside, inspect yourself, kids, and pets for ticks.