Despite their tiny size, ticks can be a serious nuisance. Besides discomfort and irritation, ticks can also potentially transmit serious diseases to both animals and humans. That's why it's important to know how to identify ticks and prevent them from getting into your home.
Ticks are quite small compared to other common insects; at their largest, they are often no larger than 1 centimeter long, and tick larvae can be less than 1 millimeter in size. Ticks can also vary in color according to their species; the most common types of ticks in the U.S. are typically dark brown or reddish in color. They have eight legs at the adult stage and an oval-shaped body.
Highly vegetated and wooded areas are the preferred habitats of most ticks. They feed on blood from mammals, reptiles and birds. This can lead to ticks transmitting disease; the most common disease transmitted by ticks is Lyme disease.
If you feel a tick bite or see a tick on your body or the body of your pet, it does not necessarily mean you have an infestation. When ticks are found in the home, it is usually because a single tick has been brought in on a pet, a person or a piece of clothing. However, there are some situations in which ticks are able to thrive in a crawl space or attic by living on suitable hosts (such as rodents) that have made a nest there. Most ticks do not survive and reproduce indoors on their own, through there are some exceptions (like the brown dog tick).
If you find a tick, remove it carefully with tweezers to reduce the risk of infection. Don't crush the body of the tick as this may spread bacteria and disease. If you are having an adverse reaction to a bite, seek medical attention.
If you find more than one tick in your home, it should be cause for concern. Call our team of expert pest control specialists at MosquitoNix® and we'll ensure that your home is tick-free once again. This can include both indoor and outdoor treatments on your property. Learn more by getting a quote online or contacting us today.