Tick Pest Control in Ann Arbor
Out of the 800 species of ticks available throughout the world, five are most common in Ann Arbor. They are known to belong to the ‘hard tick’ group. These species of ticks are known as ‘Blacklegged Tick’, ‘Lone Star Tick’, ‘American Dog Tick’, ‘Woodchuck Tick’ and the ‘Brown Dog Tick’. Their size depends on the species they belong to and the stage of life they are in. Their sizes vary from that of a sesame seed to that of a fava bean, when bloated with sucked in blood. Experts of pest control Ann Arbor can help you with their knowledge of ticks.
Ticks are parasites and disease carriers. They live on blood sucked mostly from hot-blooded animals like mammals. Of course, some species of ticks are known to thrive on birds, also a hot-blooded animal, reptiles and even amphibians. Ticks need to survive on your blood for at least a day, to infect you with a disease. Though tick-borne diseases are rare in Ann Arbor, if infected they can be serious and need timely and proper diagnosis and treatment. You need the help of some pest control services to prevent you and your pets from tick attack.
Additional Pest Information
Appearance – Ticks have oval-shaped flat bodies and no wings. That means they cannot fly. When filled with blood their bodies are somewhat bloated and takes the shape of a bean. While an adult tick is an arthropod, having eight legs, a larva has only six. Diseases such as Lyme disease are tick-borne diseases that can infect you, a human, and your pet animal equally. Moreover, consult a creature control specialist to be advised on ticks.
Biology – Ticks flourish during the summer and monsoon, i.e. from the month of April to July. They are found in areas where there are lots of mammals like humans and their pets, birds who mostly live on the ground and plenty of lizards. Ticks are found in border areas of forests dotted with plenty of plants and along forest trails. Grassy field and abandoned grassy yards in town and cities are favorite spots for ticks to thrive. Long grass fields along state borders where pets are allowed to roam at favorable spots for ticks to thrive. Take advice from some pest control expert to get rid of ticks.
Prevention – The best way to avoid ticks is to stay away from ticks is to avoid places where ticks thrive during their peak breeding season. Even if you need to venture such area, move in with your full body covered with a full-sleeved shirt, full pants, socks, and shoes. Wear any tick repellent containing DEET.
- If you locate a tick on your body use the following process to remove it: –
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to catch the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull it.
- Pull the tick upward steadily avoiding any damage to your skin. Be careful not to twist or jerk the pest, so as not to leave any mouth part on your skin. In case of such an unfortunate incident, try moving the mouth part if possible. If that is not possible leave it and let the skin heal.
- Thoroughly clean your skin surface, especially the bite area using an antiseptic solution like alcohol or iodine and soap.
- Consult a home pest control expert to avoid further tick attack.