Scientific Name: Parasitiformes
Ticks are ectoparasites (external parasites), that live of the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. They carry a number of diseases that affect humans and animals but are commonly known as carriers of Lyme disease.
Adult ticks are approximately 1 cm long after it has fed and vary in color based on species. They are typically located in wooded or densely vegetated areas. Ticks are commonly thought of as insects, but are actually arachnids like spiders and mites.
Common Types of Ticks
- American dog tick
- Deer or blacklegged tick
- Lone star tick
- Castor Bean Tick
Ticks hide in crevices or gaps, so it is important to seal and repair any around your home. Keeping the grass cut short will also reduce the chances of infestation. If you suspect that you have a tick infestation, contact a pest management professional to determine the problem and provide treatment to eliminate ticks.