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What are ticks?

tick found in middle tennessee

Ticks are an external parasite that feeds on the blood of mammals.

There are up to 15 species of ticks that live in Tennessee.

However, the three most commonly found species are 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.

  • The Lone Star Tick - Of the three species, the lone star tick is the 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 their backs. They are most active from April through July.

  • American Dog Tick - These ticks are most active in the spring, summer, and fall. They live in parks, along wooded paths, and in 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 a ½ inch in length when fully 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 fly, jump, or move far on their own. Instead, ticks rely on hosts for transportation. Wild animals are usually responsible for bringing them onto your property. Once on your property, pets often become hosts and introduce the ticks into your home. Even if you do not have pets, you could serve as a host if you brush past them while on a walk or while working in your yard.

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 professional pest management for businesses experiencing pest problems. 


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Can I do it myself?

Ticks can be difficult for homeowners to eradicate from their homes and properties 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 services, a serious commitment, and thorough treatments from our trained pest control experts in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

How can I prevent a tick problem in the future?

It’s very difficult to keep wild animals from introducing ticks to your property. However, there are actions you can take to help prevent an infestation:

  • If your pets spend time outdoors, make sure they're treated with a tick preventative and check them for ticks before allowing them back into the house.

  • Ticks like to hide and wait in high grass to catch a ride on their next unsuspecting host, so keep your lawn trimmed low.

  • Remove items that attract wild animals to your property such as bird feeders.

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