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WHAT ARE TICKS?

Ticks are tiny parasitic arthropods (related to spiders and mites) that attach themselves to the skin of their hosts while they feed on their blood.  There are several species of ticks that we deal with in New York, Connecticut and the rest of our service area and they include: 

The black-legged tick: Also known as the deer tick, it’s about the size of a pin.  This tick can live two to three years and has only three blood meals during that time. They are slow feeders and will feed for 3 to 5 days. They live in wooded or brush filled areas where mice, deer and other mammals (the deer tick’s preferred sources of food) can be found. The nymphs and adults of this species will feed on humans. 

The American dog tick: This tick can range up to half an inch in length and is the most common tick in our area.  It is reddish brown with white or yellow markings and has a flat body with a hard protective ‘shield’.  This tick can be found in wooded areas that are frequented by their preferred hosts including mice, voles, squirrels, chipmunks, moles and rabbits, among others.  The adult life stage of this species of tick will feed on humans, while the younger stages rarely (if ever) feed on humans. 

The lone star tick: Also known as the wood tick, this tick is easily distinguishable from other ticks because the female of the species has a pronounced white dot or ‘star’ on the center of her back.  They are between 1/3 and ½ inch long and frequent thickly wooded areas along creeks and near rivers and other animal resting places.  All life stages of this tick will feed on humans. 

Why are they on my property?

If you live in a densely wooded area, ticks are likely hiding in the brush, waiting for their next blood meal. If you live in a more urban area, they will be brought onto your property by their current hosts, animals including rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels, moles, voles, larger livestock including deer and even your family pets or neighboring cats. You can also pick up ticks when walking or hiking on trails and enjoying other outdoor activities.  All stages of ticks will feed on humans given the chance. 

Are ticks dangerous?

Because ticks feed on blood, they are well known vectors for diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Their bites sometimes leave uncomfortable itchy red bumps on your skin, but the possibility of disease transmission is the biggest danger associated with tick bites. Both Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be dangerous to your health and need medical treatment if contracted. 

What does it take to get rid of ticks?

Getting rid of ticks is a very difficult task, especially for the homeowner working on their own without professional assistance.  A combination of exclusion tactics and prevention methods can be used to keep these pests off your property but the professionals at Parkway Pest Control offer outdoor tick control in Long Island, Westchester Country and throughout our service area.  Our home pest control services are also designed to eliminate ticks inside the home in addition to other household pests.  Contact us today so we can help you work out the best tick eradication solution for your home and property.  

How soon can you get here?

Our New York exterminators know how important it is to you for your pest problem to be taken care of as soon as possible, which is why we offer emergency and same day service to our customers as necessary. In most cases we can be with you the very next day! 

Is the treatment safe?

At Parkway, we pride ourselves on being Green Shield Certified, which means that our treatments are much safer for you and for your family.  We also employ the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques which allow us to use far fewer chemicals for treatment and instead focus on baiting and exclusion tactics to keep pests, including ticks, away from your property. 

How can I prevent a future infestation?

Treating family pets with tick preventative treatments is one way to prevent ticks in your home and keeping pant legs tucked into socks can also help deter these pests from landing on you while outdoors.  For more tick prevention tips or for our complete residential pest control servicescontact Parkway Pest Services today.

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