Tick Identification

Ticks in the New York area

Ticks are an external parasite often picked up in tall grass and wooded areas. They can become a problem in New York residential yards, creating more of a threat to people and pets. To best protect yourself and your family from these pests, you should read below to learn more about them.

What are ticks? 

Ticks are arachnids; they have eight legs and no wings. Depending on the species, they vary in size and color, but most share similar features and have a flat, oval-shaped body that swells after taking a blood meal. While they have many legs, ticks are not able to jump. In order to attach themselves to a host, ticks will wait in tall grass or foliage for a host to brush past. 

 

close up of tick on blade of grass

Are ticks dangerous?

Ticks are dangerous pests responsible for spreading Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and more. Several of these diseases, including Lyme, are essential to catch early, or else they could have long-term health effects. If bitten by a tick, it can be helpful to save the tick in a sealed container in case you are experiencing symptoms. Having the pest can help medical professionals to test for diseases.

Why do I have a tick problem?

Ticks are not likely to infest your home. However, they can be carried inside if a rodent or wildlife infestation happens. But if you are finding a lot of ticks in your home, you, a pet, or rodent could be picking them up in your yard and bringing them indoors. If woods or tall grass surround your home, this could be why you are seeing high tick populations on your property. Wildlife can also bring ticks into the yard.

Where will I find ticks?

For the most part, ticks will be a problem in your yard, where you'll find them in tall grass, thick foliage, leaf piles, firewood, and other debris. 

How do I get rid of ticks?

If you are dealing with large populations of ticks on your New York or New Jersey property, you should contact us at BHB Pest Elimination. As a family-owned and operated business, we understand the importance of keeping dangerous pests away from your family. Our specialty tick control services can help remove these unwanted pests from your yard. Find out more about how we can assist with ticks and other pests by calling us at BHB Pest Elimination.

How can I prevent ticks in the future?

Let our professionals help you control ants through our professional home pest control and commercial pest control services, and with the following ant prevention tips:

  • Install fencing around your yard.
  • Animal-proof gardens and remove bird feeders and make sure you cannot easily knock over garbage cans.
  • Remove organic debris like leaf piles and excess foliage to reduce harborage areas and moisture buildup.
  • Use outdoor lights to deter nocturnal wildlife.
  • Ensure there are no entry points for wildlife to get into your home.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed short

 

For more prevention methods and assistance with ticks, contact us at BHB Pest Elimination.

 

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