Life Cycle Of Ticks
As ticks grow to maturity, they go through four stages. The tick starts life as an egg then hatches into a six-legged larva. As the tick develops, it gains another set of legs and becomes an eight-legged nymph. The nymph grows into an adult with a hard shell and reddish-brown appearance. The entire process can take up to three years.
Where Do Ticks Live?
Ticks attach themselves to a host then bore into their skin and gorge on blood. As they become engorged, ticks may develop a swollen, gray appearance. Once a tick is fully engorged, they release themselves and molt into the next stage of life, before beginning the process all over again.
Ticks are drawn to moist, shady areas and avoid sunny, dry areas. Since ticks cannot fly like mosquitos or jump like fleas, they have to find ways to attach themselves to a host. They often perch on blades of grass or low-hanging leaves along a path that is frequently traveled. As the host brushes by, the tick clutches onto their hair, skin, or fur. The tick then travels along the host, searching for a suitable location to feed.
Do-It-Yourself Tick Prevention And Control:
You can help prevent ticks in your yard by getting rid of piles of brush, leaves, and grass. By regularly mowing the lawn and removing debris, you increase the likelihood that these pests will go elsewhere to feed.
Check Your Pets Regularly
Regularly check your pets by working through their fur, searching for any unusual bumps along the skin. Give your cats and dogs tick collars and use a tick spray regularly. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.
Ticks Carry Dangerous Diseases
Ticks are particularly dangerous as bearers of blood-related diseases. The best known tick-borne illness is Lyme disease. Lyme disease symptoms include a sore, flu-like feeling, followed by a rash at the site of the tick bite. If Lyme disease is left untreated, it spreads and can cause arthritis in the joints, severe headaches, facial droop, and terrible nerve pain. The impact of Lyme disease on people can be so severe that they are unable to continue their regular activities like attending school or work. Ticks can also carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Professional Treatment For Tick Infestation
Ticks can be difficult to treat because of their hardy nature. They can live for long periods of time without feeding, and their hard shell makes them resilient in difficult environments. They can thrive in both hot and cold weather and reproduce quickly throughout St. Louis, Missouri area.
When you discover ticks on your pet or in your home, professional treatment is recommended. Call McCarthy Pest & Termite Control to help protect you, your pets, your yard, and your home from these blood-sucking pests. We offer effective and long-lasting treatments for eliminating ticks from your property now and preventing them from coming back in the future.