What Are Ticks? - Accel Pest & Termite Control

What Are Ticks?

Dangerous deer tick and small child legs in summer shoes on a grass

Are you or your furry friends at risk of encountering ticks in tall grass? These tiny creatures can leave you with rashes and red welts. Some people even experience allergic reactions to their bites. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Get the information you need to identify and eliminate a tick infestation with the assistance of Accel Pest and Termite Control. We’re here to lend a helping hand.

How To Identify Ticks

While ticks may exhibit various sizes and colors, some characteristics remain consistent across different species. As adults, ticks possess four pairs of legs and lack antennae. Interestingly, their size can significantly change throughout their life cycle.

Ticks can grow quite large from being barely visible in their immature stages. An engorged adult tick, filled with blood, can appear larger than an apple seed. Additionally, the coloration of ticks varies between different species, adding to the diversity within this fascinating group of arachnids.

Why Do I Have Ticks in My Home?

Ticks have multiple avenues through which they can enter your home. One common method is hitching a ride on pets or humans who have visited areas infested with ticks. Furthermore, cracks, gaps, or openings in doors and windows can provide entry points for ticks to infiltrate your living space.

It’s essential to be mindful of these potential access points, as ticks can exploit them to gain entry. Sealing openings and regularly checking pets and yourself for ticks can help minimize the risk of tick infestation inside your home.

Tick Prevention Tips

You can take several proactive measures to prevent tick infestations in your home. Some of these include:

  • Keep your grass and vegetation trimmed. Ticks thrive in tall grass and dense vegetation, so regularly mowing your lawn and trimming shrubs can reduce their habitat.
  • Create a tick barrier. Use gravel or wood chips to create a barrier between wooded or grassy areas and your home. This can discourage ticks from migrating into your yard.
  • Install physical barriers. Use screens on doors and windows to prevent ticks from entering your home.
  • Check pets and clothing. After spending time outdoors, thoroughly check your pets and clothing for ticks before entering your home. Promptly remove any ticks you find.
  • Use tick repellents. Apply tick repellents to exposed skin and clothing when venturing into areas with a high tick population.
  • Wash and dry clothing. Ticks can survive a wash cycle, so dry your clothes on high heat for at least 10 minutes to kill lingering ticks.

While numerous preventive measures can significantly reduce the risk of ticks, it’s essential to acknowledge that they may not always offer complete protection. A professional pest control company can ensure the most effective tick removal results.

By engaging the services of a reputable team of technicians, such as Accel Pest and Termite Control, you can have your home regularly inspected and treated for ticks. Our expertise and specialized techniques can enhance the efficacy of tick prevention, providing you with peace of mind and a pest-free environment.

Call or contact us online to schedule an appointment today to address all your tick concerns in Southeast Virginia and Northeast Ohio with Accel Pest and Termite Control.