The winter months are almost at an end. The cold weather is soon to give way to warmer days. Spring is almost upon us…a time of flowers, perfect weather, and ticks! While it is true that ticks are a pest that can be found year-round, they do tend to become a bit more numerous in the warmer months of the year. This means that spring and summer are big tick seasons. These nasty little pests can make even the perfect day a complete disaster.
Ticks are part of the arachnid family. There are over eight hundred different types of ticks, which can be found in just about every part of the world. This means that no matter where you are, ticks can and will present a problem. While there are hundreds of different types of this species, they are a pest that can be broken down into two sub-categories. First, there is the hard tick. It gets its name from the fact that it has a hard shell, like a coat of armor, that covers the body. Next, there is the soft tick. This tick does not have the shell, also as the name suggests.
The average adult tick is a small pest, at roughly ¼ inches in size, and with eight legs. While an adult tick can survive up to one full year without feeding, they are always looking for the next food source. This pest feeds on blood. It will crawl onto the host, where it will bite into the skin, and begin to draw blood. A tick can draw blood for hours, or sometimes even days. And the whole time it is doing so—the whole time it is feeding off the host—it has the potential to spread a large variety of different diseases, such as Lyme disease. The soft tick is a particularly nasty pest, in that it has the ability to spread disease within mere minutes of biting into the host.
Don’t let ticks ruin your fun in the sun, this upcoming spring. Don’t let them make a meal off of you, your loved ones, or a beloved pet. Call a pest care professional, and find out what you can do to destroy this pest, before it destroys your happy warm days.