How to Identify Different Types of Ticks

Ticks are a serious issue in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. In addition to being parasitic, ticks can spread diseases that can cause lifelong disabilities. Some of the diseases that are spread by ticks are Lyme disease, tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis and others. In 2014 alone, 976 new cases of Lyme disease were diagnosed in Virginia, pointing to the need for tick identification and pest control services.

Throughout the region, there are several types of ticks that are especially prevalent. Capitol Pest can help you to identify and eradicate ticks from your property and home in order to help you to prevent the problems that they can cause. The three main types of ticks that are found in the region include the lone star tick, the black-legged tick, and the brown dog tick.

Lone star ticks

Lone star ticks are very fast in speed and are reddish-brown in color. When they are unfed, the females of the species will be around 3 to 4 millimeters long. When they are engorged with blood, they can grow to be about two times that size. These ticks do not carry the spirochete that causes Lyme disease, but they do carry Borrelia lonestari. This microorganism can cause people to develop a condition called southern tick-associated rash illness, or STARI. This condition causes people to have an allergic reaction to red meat and to develop a characteristic rash. Lone star ticks will feed on any warm-blooded animal, making it important to keep them out of your home or business.

Black-legged ticks

Also called deer ticks, black-legged ticks are a tiny tick species that may be found in large numbers on deer, giving them their moniker. These ticks pose significant health risks to people because they are the primary carriers of Lyme disease. Deer ticks have flattened, oval-shaped bodies without hard shells. The larvae and nymphs are tiny and can be as small as the tip of a pen. Adult females are about 2.7 millimeters long and have orange-red bodies with brownish-red legs. Adult males are about 2 millimeters long and are reddish-brown all over.

Brown dog ticks

Brown dog ticks rarely feed on humans, but they pose health risks for dogs. These ticks can spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever to dogs. Their appearance varies depending on whether or not they have fed. When they haven’t, they are reddish-brown in color. After they feed, their abdomens swell and appear to be a grayish color. When they haven’t fed, they are around 3 millimeters long. When they feed, they can grow in size to as much as 12 millimeters.

Repelling ticks in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia

It is very important to take steps to repel ticks from your property and your home. Doing so can help to protect your family, friends and your pets. The best way to repel ticks is to call Capitol Pest. Our professional exterminators can help to identify your ticks and implement a treatment program to keep them away from your home, business and property. We can also take preventative measures to keep ticks away. Contact Capitol Pest today for help with all of your pest control needs.

By | 2017-08-29T16:10:16+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Bed Bugs|