How to Get Rid of Ticks in Pottstown, PA; Tick Yard Treatment & More to Avoid Lyme Disease
There are many pests infesting the homes and businesses located in our State of Pennsylvania. Some wander into your building where others hitch a ride. Some pests are just creepy, others cause property damage, and still others pose a health risk. No matter which type fits the bill, pests are a nuisance and any infestations need to be taken care of as soon as possible.
How Do Ticks Get in Your House & Yard?
Ticks are a common problem throughout Pennsylvania, commonly latching on to our pets, they can easily be found on people as well. More often than not, either you or your pet brought home ticks on your last nature walk, or they managed to find their way into your yard and you unknowingly carried them inside. No matter how it happened, ticks are known carriers for many diseases and ailments. With that in mind, we at Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to share some insight on the four most commonly seen ticks in Pennsylvania; the American Dog Tick, Blacklegged Tick, Lone Star Tick and Groundhog Tick.
American Dog Tick
Tops the list of the most occurring ticks in the area. American dog ticks have distinctive white markings on their back and as their name implies, American dog ticks are generally found on dogs. In adolescence, they frequently feed on small rodents, but as adults, dogs are not their only source of food. These ticks have been found to victimize humans, cats, and many other wild, domestic, and livestock animals. American dog ticks are primary carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and if left untreated can be quite serious. Additionally, they cause tick paralysis and transmit tularemia.
Blacklegged AKA Deer Tick
Blacklegged ticks are typically found in wooded and brushy locations; expanding their range in the last few years, they have been populating Pennsylvania. Larvae and nymphs will host on small birds and animals, at adulthood, their preference are deer. Blacklegged ticks are also known as deer ticks due to their favorable host, but in any stage of their cycle, they will attach and feed off of humans. Blacklegged ticks are notorious vectors of Lyme disease, as well as babesiosis.
Lone Star Tick
Lone star ticks are so named due to the distinctive white star marking on their back. These ticks are most active in early spring to late fall. After hatching, the larvae will feed on small animals; nymphs will graduate to larger animals, but will also stick to small ones as well. By adulthood, they are primarily feeding on larger animals and all three stages lone star ticks will attach onto humans. These ticks are well known for causing tick paralysis in dogs and humans as well as transmitting tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; especially in Pennsylvania.
Less common in Pennsylvania in comparison to the previous three ticks mentioned but common enough to mention. As their name implies, groundhog ticks are specific to groundhogs as their preferred host, but if the need is great, they can occasionally be found on small animals, birds and humans. Where they are prone to groundhogs, they are not linked to any serious tick-borne diseases, but studies are still being performed.
No matter what ticks are infesting your home, business, our outside property, Pest Control Technicians, Inc can treat any infestations and place preventative applications to help you avoid further infestations. Call us today to get your property tick resistant or if you need assistance with tick infestations.
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