Ticks are an external parasite that feed on the blood of mammals; there are up to 15 species of ticks that live in Tennessee. However, there are three species that most people commonly come in contact with: the blacklegged tick (aka deer tick), the lone star tick and the American dog tick.
What are the common ticks found in Tennessee?
Brown dog tick - Brown dog ticks can be found throughout the eastern United States and in some parts of the west, but are more likely to inhabit warm environments in the southern part of the country. They are a reddish brown color and are approximately 1/8 of an inch in length if they haven't taken a blood-meal and up to a 1/2 inch in length if they have fed. Canines are their preferred host.
Lone star tick - Of the three species, this is the one that is least likely to come into contact with people living in Tennessee. They are about 1/8 of an inch in length and brown in color; the females have a white spot in the middle of her back. They are most active from April through July.
American dog tick - These ticks are most active in the spring, summer and fall. They live along wooded paths, in parks and farm pastures. The American dog tick prefers to use dogs, medium sized mammals and humans as hosts and can spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever to people. They are reddish brown in color with white or yellow markings; males are about 1/8 of an inch in length and females are a bit larger and can grow up to ½ inch in length when engorged.
Are ticks dangerous?
Ticks are a danger to people and pets because they can spread a number of serious diseases. Their saliva contains germs and bacteria that can be transmitted to people, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever along with tularemia and ehrlichiosis.
Why do I have a tick problem?
Ticks cannot move far on their own, they cannot jump or fly; instead they rely on their hosts for transportation. Wild animals are usually responsible for bringing them onto your property. Once on your property, your pets can become their hosts and introduce them into your home. Even if you do not have pets, they may choose you or your family members as hosts as you brush past them in your yard or on a walk.
How do I get rid of ticks?
At All-American Pest Control we offer pest control for ticks and fleas. In addition, our Perimeter pest control for homes in Middle TN offers protection against over 47 different pests, green pest control solutions and pest management for businesses experiencing pest problems.
Can I do it myself?
Ticks can be difficult for homeowners to eradicate from their home and property on their own. Even if you believe that you have gotten rid of all the adult ticks, their eggs can still hatch months down the line, causing a re-infestation. If you have ticks invading your home or property, contact All-American Pest Control today.
Why choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your tick problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment and thorough treatments.
How can I prevent a tick problem in the future?
It is difficult to keep wild animals from introducing ticks to your property but there are actions you can take to help prevent ticks from overtaking your property. Make sure pets that spend time outdoors are treated with a tick preventative and they are checked for ticks before letting them back into the house. Keep grass trimmed low since that is where they like to hide and wait to catch a ride on their next unsuspecting host. Also, remove items that attract wild animals to your property such as bird feeders.