Ticks can make it difficult for homeowners and their pets to enjoy their outdoor space. Offering a tick control service can provide you with a revenue opportunity and allow your customers to spend time outside worry-free. Ticks adapt well to environments and can easily stay hidden and move around, making infestations challenging. However, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach can help to provide lasting control for your customers, prevent re-infestation, and reduce callbacks.
Ticks are mainly a problem outside, unless they sneak into homes on a person or a pet. These pests require a human or animal host, and most species feed on mammal blood. Ticks are members of the arachnid family, and they vary in size and color, depending on the species. They have a flat, oval or pear-shaped body. Adults and nymphs have eight legs, while larvae have 6 legs. These pests can be found throughout the United States, but they thrive in warm and humid climates. They are most often spotted in wooded areas near animals or in areas with overgrown vegetation.
Some ticks are more likely to target humans and pets than other species. Common tick species include American dog ticks, deer ticks, brown dog ticks, and lone star ticks.
These ticks are also known as wood ticks. They are brown with gray markings. American dog ticks range in size from 5mm-15mm. As their name suggests, these ticks prefer dogs as their host. They harbor in grassy areas where animals can easily pass through. American dog ticks can survive 2-3 years without a meal.
Deer ticks are small, 3-5mm in length. They have a brown body with a reddish hue. They are also called black-legged ticks because of their dark legs. White tailed deer are their preferred host. These ticks prefer to live near thick grass, shrubs, and wooded areas.
Brown dog ticks are reddish brown and have no distinct markings. After feeding, they turn a bluish-gray. They range in size from 3mm-12mm, depending on if they’ve had a recent bloodmeal. These pests prefer dog hosts. They can complete their life cycle indoors and will lay eggs in cracks and crevices.
These ticks are reddish-brown. After feeding, they can turn gray. Females have a silvery-white spot on their shield. Males have white streaks or spots. They grow between 4-6mm. When fed, they can grow up to 16mm. At each stage of their life, they require a different host. Lone star ticks prefer shaded areas and won’t survive indoors.
Ticks live in shady, moist, cooler areas, usually at ground level. Tall grass, ground cover, low-hanging shrubs, and leaf litter are some of their favorite places to rest. Ticks avoid heat and direct sunlight.
Preventing and controlling tick infestations begins with eliminating conducive conditions. Educate your customers on the importance of implementing preventive measures to reduce pest populations. Encourage customers to:
After you have worked with your customers to identify and remove tick harboring sites, pesticide application will be needed. Rockwell Labs offers several green and conventional pesticides to help control and prevent future infestations.
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Tick infestations can be difficult and worrisome to your customers. Implementing the right strategy can help ensure your control efforts are successful and your customers are happy. To control and prevent re-infestation, the most effective solution is an IPM approach that includes pesticide application and the reduction of tick harboring sites.