Effective Treatment Program for Tick Control
RM Termite & Pest Control offers an annual tick treatment program for your home and property. Our program includes a treatment to your lawn and brush area where ticks breed and hide. This highly effective treatment is performed twice a year utilizing a fine granular insecticide.
Ticks are relatives of spiders, scorpions, and mites. In order to survive they feed on the blood of a host, a mammal, bird or reptile. The deer tick (Ixodes scapularis in our area) goes through many stages during its life cycle, and feeds on different species at each point. It is important to note that some stages of the tick life cycle are more dangerous times for humans to be bitten by ticks than others.
Ticks begin as eggs (stage 1) that hatch into 6-legged larvae (stage 2).
Larvae live and feed on animals (mice, deer, squirrels, livestock, and any humans who enter the tick habitat) for about a week before detaching then molting (shedding) anywhere from 1 week to 8 months later. The larvae then become 8-legged nymphs (stage 3).
Nymphs feed on animals, engorge for 3 to 11 days, detach, and molt about a month later (depending on the species and environmental conditions). A tick in the nymphal stage is probably the most dangerous to humans. That is because they are still quite small and difficult to detect on you, they are just about the size of a pinhead or about 1.5mm). They are also more dangerous because they have already had a blood meal and are now at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and, in turn, able to transmit it to humans.
Once the nymph molts, it becomes an adult tick (male or female). Ticks climb up grass and plants and hold their legs up “sensing” and “looking” for their prey. Ticks are attracted to their hosts by detecting carbon dioxide and heat through special organs located on the first pair of the tick’s legs (Haller’s organs). When a warm-blooded animal walks past, the tick can crawl onto them and begins feeding. Ticks insert their mouths, attach to their prey, and engorge themselves with a blood meal (stage 4).
During feeding, tick saliva can get into the host’s body and blood stream. Any tick infected with Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) can then inadvertently spread this bacteria to the host. Male and female ticks usually mate while attached to the host. A few weeks later, the engorged female detaches from the host and lays her eggs (1000 – 8000 eggs) on a leaf. A tick usually lives a year before dying.