A tick infestation in your home is a formidable problem that may leave you discouraged. With the ability to hide in floor cracks and live for an extended time without food, ticks are both hard to find and difficult to eradicate. Pets most often bring ticks into the home so eradication efforts should focus on keeping animals tick-free. Contact us today for help tick problems in your home.
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- Identifying Ticks
Ticks vary in color by species. Adult ticks are smaller than a sunflower seed (1/8- to 5/8-inch long if engorged with blood), while nymphal (or immature) ticks are less than 1/16-inch. Common problem ticks include the American dog tick, deer or black legged tick and lone star tick.
There are four stages in a tick’s lifecycle – egg, larvae, nymph and adult. Ticks have only six legs during their larval stage and eight legs during their nymphal and adult stages. They consume blood meals during all stages. Pathogens, or organisms that cause diseases in the animals they infect, can be passed through the stages of a tick’s life cycle.