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Houston Pest Control Pros Help You Avoid American Dog Ticks

Pest Control Houston TX – Tick Control

Tick Control in Houston TX -

Engorged Tick Feeding on Dog.

Avoid American Dog Ticks in Houston —

Houston pest control experts state that ticks are bad news not only because they’re bloodsucking creatures but, more importantly, because they can potentially cause serious heath concerns.

Ticks are hungry parasites that carry pathogens and diseases that are harmful to both humans and pets.

The American Dog Tick , otherwise known as the wood tick, has proven to be a problematic pest for people living in Texas.

Unlike the Deer Tick (a.k.a. the Blacklegged Tick), the American Dog Tick does not transmit Lyme disease but it is a vector of the pathogens that cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. It can even cause canine tick paralysis.

American Dog Ticks are much larger than Deer Ticks by comparison. Adult male ticks are pale brown to grayish in color and are about 1.5 to 5 mm long. Females are even larger with sizes ranging from 2.5 to 7 mm long. Females are dark brown and have a cream colored dorsal shield.

Once a female American Dog Tick has a blood meal, her body can become an enormous 15 mm long and be up to 10 mm wide.

American Dog Ticks need three hosts in order to reach adulthood:

1. Once the larva hatches, these bloodsuckers will wait on the ground or in vegetation for the first small mammal that crosses their path. A mouse, vole, chipmunk, squirrel, etc. serve as the perfect American Dog Tick transportation vehicle.

2. After a four day blood drink-fest, the larva drops off its host and then molts before hopping back on a larger mammal such as a deer, or medium sized mammal. It again feeds, drops off the mammal, and molts.

3. After this is done, the nymph is then an adult tick. Its next host must be a larger target such as a dog, cow, or horse. Male adult ticks do not feed, but instead find a female to mate with while she is feeding.

Once the female is finished feeding, both ticks will drop off of their host so that she can lay her tick eggs (up to 4,000) in the soil.

Development – egg to egg – can be completed in three months, but each stage is remarkably resistant to starvation and the life cycle can be prolonged for up to two years. Unfed adults can live for 2-3 years allowing a liberal time-frame to find a passing victim.

Tips to Avoid Ticks in Houston:

Ticks like harboring around overgrown vegetation and wooded areas where they can launch onto or attach to passers by who visit infested areas. Keeping the lawn and foliage trimmed helps reduce favorite tick nesting sites on your property.

If you’re venturing into wooded, brushy areas, it’s best to wear long sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into your socks. Treating your clothes and skin with repellents can help avoid attachment.

When returning home from a visit to tick suspect areas, inspect your clothes carefully and as a precaution, you might want to toss them immediately into the wash.

If you do get a tick attached to you, remove it carefully so the head is not broken off and left embedded in the skin.

Treatment and Tick Control in Houston:

Successful tick treatment usually requires a three prong attack.:

1. Indoor treatment (requires more intensive treatment than fleas as ticks are often high up as well as on the floor level)

2. Outdoor treatment ( treatment focus especially to the taller foliage)

3. Treatment of dogs (if any).  Ask your Vet about the most effective pet products for remedial tick treatment and for preventive care.

Protex Pest Control can help you minimize the chances of contracting dangerous diseases and irritating  bites from American Dog Ticks by providing year-round pest control treatments to your residence.

For more information on tick control or to schedule pest control service, phone:

Kingwood / Houston Pest Control – 281-440-5355

The Woodlands / Spring Pest Control – 281- 370-4772

Montgomery / Conroe Pest Control – 936-273-0505

Tomball / Cypress Pest Control – 281-370-4772

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