Gross. That’s one of the first words that many people think of when they hear the word tick. That’s because they use humans and animals as hosts to meet their blood requirements for egg development and to transition between life stages.
Ticks become ugly, bloated, and oversized after being engorged with the plasma (the clear, straw-colored liquid portion of blood left after removing red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and other cellular components). It’s not a pretty sight.
You should not forget that ticks and tick-borne diseases have become a major public health concern in New Jersey. Most New Jersey residents diagnosed with a tick-borne disease became infected while visiting grassy, wooded areas in New Jersey. However, several tick species have also been discovered in New Jersey.
Even though most encounters with them are not particularly concerning, an untreated tick bite has a very real chance of resulting in a hospital visit because ticks are known disease spreaders, particularly of zoonotic diseases such as Lyme Disease. So as soon as you spot one it is important to call a tick control company with good testimonials.
Ticks are arachnids, like mites and spiders. Ticks of all stages (except eggs) consume blood for energy to grow and reproduce. Normally flat, their bodies expand significantly after a meal. When engorged and well-fed with a host’s blood, they can range in color from reddish brown to bluish-green.
Ticks are not only a nuisance; they are also a health risk. They are capable of transmitting a variety of dangerous diseases. Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks in New Jersey, but ticks can also transmit other serious diseases.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), an estimate based on insurance records released after 2018 suggests that between 30,000 and 476,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease each year.
Ticks can adapt to various environments but prefer moist, humid areas. They typically reside nearby rather than directly on their host. Once they have finished feeding, whether on pets, people, deer, birds, or livestock, they separate and search for another host.
They typically inhabit open spaces with grass, trees, or dense vegetation, usually no more than 18-24 inches off the ground. Normally, they won’t invade a building or structure, but brown dog ticks can breed indoors. If that is the case, they can be found indoors hiding in crevices and cracks, as well as in the nest or burrow of their hosts.
Once a tick has attached itself to your skin, it will usually climb up your body until it reaches a safe area, such as under your clothing.
Even though they are most active during the warmer months, which are usually between March and November, ticks also multiply in mild winters. This means ticks will be more prevalent if the temperature is above freezing. Although they are rarely active in the winter, they may emerge on warmer days.
Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in a situation where you may have been exposed to ticks, such as while hiking or camping. It takes a long time for ticks to transmit diseases.
Examine yourself thoroughly for any ticks that may have attached themselves to you and remove them immediately. The simplest way to accomplish this is to simply take a shower.
Any ticks that aren’t attached will be washed away. Pay special attention to areas of the body that are difficult to see, such as the inside of the ears, the groin, or the belly button.
Even though tick bites are generally not dangerous, you must go the extra mile when monitoring a tick bite. If the tick that bit you was not a disease carrier and you are not allergic to ticks, you should be fine. In any case, you should schedule a test to rule out any traces of Lyme disease.
Avoiding contact with soil, leaf litter, and vegetation is your best defense in tick-infested areas. You can, however, protect yourself if you hike, camp, hunt, work, or otherwise spend time in the outdoors:
Remove as many potential tick habitats as possible around a home or business to reduce the possibility of tick exposure. This includes raking leaves, relocating woodpiles to sunny, dry locations, and trimming all shrubs, low branches, and tall grasses.
If ticks in your yard have become a regular problem, even with preventive measures, you may want to consider chemical treatment. Do not attempt this without first conducting research. Some chemicals work better and are safer than others. It might be in your best interest to seek the advice of a professional.
If all else fails, hiring a pest control professional to deal with an infestation is always the best option.
As Titan Pest Services, we provide commercial and residential tick control services. Our clients include single-family homes, residential condominium complexes, luxury hotels, athletic stadiums, airports, food establishments, and other businesses.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance maintaining a pest-free home!