Maryland Tick Control Services
The health and well-being of your family, pets, friends, coworkers, and clients is paramount when you have the responsibility of running a household or workplace in Maryland. When pests invade, they sometimes can irritate those living and working in the space, but in some cases, the pests pose a more tangible threat. Ticks are the kind of pests that can present an imminent danger to those in and around your home or place of business in Maryland, particularly because they can carry Lyme disease. To protect your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business from ticks, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What Are Ticks?
Ticks are small insects that are a part of the arachnid family and usually range in size as small as a grain of sand to as large as an apple seed. Ticks are the shape of an oval and typically flat unless they have had a blood meal, in which case, they look more round. These insects don’t have wings, so they can’t fly, but they attach to their hosts by reaching out with their front legs as they hang on leaves and grass with their back legs. The Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest explain there are four stages of a tick’s life: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. To complete their lifecycle, ticks require blood meals from mammals.
Throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland, there are four different types of ticks that are common to the area. These include the American dog tick, which is 3/16 of an inch long, and it’s brown with white or has yellow markings. This particular tick targets dogs. The black-legged tick (or deer tick) is about 1/8 of an inch long and it’s black or a mixture of black and orange in color, depending on the sex. The brown dog tick is approximately 1/8 of an inch long and its coloring is reddish-brown—the males are darker than the females. There is also the Lone Star tick, which is around 1/6 of an inch in length and a red-brown colored.
How to Identify Ticks
If you’re interested in how to get rid of ticks throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you need to know how to identify them. Ticks are fast-moving creatures so they may be very difficult to spot. Besides their small size, their eggs are even more minuscule, and they can lay them in just about any part of your home or business or on your property. Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest state ticks tend to enjoy warm and moist areas, typically found in cracks in walls or floorboards. In order to survive, ticks need to suck the blood of mammals, so from these small crevices, they can attach themselves to any mammal in or around your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business. Who and what they are able to feed on can determine how long they’ll survive indoors. If the inside environment is humid, ticks can survive up to three days. Ticks that have had a blood meal may survive a bit longer. Although it may take up to 30 days for laid eggs to hatch, one female tick could lay up to 18,000 eggs. This could very quickly turn into an unwanted tick infestation if left untreated. The best way to get rid of ticks is to enlist help from trained pest control experts.
When Are Ticks Present Throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland?
Unlike many insects, tick populations are not affected by freezing temperatures. However, they’re most active during the warmer and more humid months in Maryland. Certain species, such as the deer tick or the brown dog tick, feed on humans or pets that frequent the area. Though ticks aren’t born with diseases, they can become disease carriers later, so it’s important to protect yourself and your property from an infestation. Several species of ticks throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland can transmit diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. These ailments come with serious symptoms, such as fever, chills, aches, pains, and distinctive rashes. Maryland tick control professionals at Viking Pest explain getting to the bottom of a tick infestation is crucial to the well-being of the people in and around your property. A professional assessment of the areas surrounding your home or business can be a great first step in gaining control of a potential tick problem.
How to Control Ticks in Maryland
To assist in preventing ticks from spreading around your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business, there are a few things that you can do. Maryland pest control experts at Viking Pest recommend keeping weeds under control in the yard or your landscaping is a start. If you have woodpiles, make sure to stack them neatly in a dry area. Also, clean up leaf piles from the fall months to avoid creating ideal breeding grounds for ticks. If you enlist the assistance of the pest control experts at Viking Pest, we can help you identify areas that are likely to house ticks. Before ticks make it to you or your pets, they are often brought into your yard or property by other types of wildlife. Having a fence around your yard can help keep animals that carry ticks away from you and your pets. If you or your pets are in thickly wooded, or potentially infested areas, be sure to do a thorough check for any ticks that may have attached themselves. Eastern Shore of Maryland tick control professionals at Viking Pest recommend checking all your clothing, including socks and shoes and your head, hair, or headwear. Do a full-body check of your pet as well, and if your pet has long hair, using a specialized tick comb is advised.
At Viking Pest, we offer a comprehensive tick pest control service in Maryland using Yard Guard: Mosquito and Tick Protection. First, we determine where the tick infestation is on your property. Then, we apply a specialized treatment, Yard Guard, designed to reduce tick populations at your Eastern Shore of Maryland home or business.
Protecting Your Maryland Home or Business From Ticks With Viking Pest Control
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent ticks from invading your home or business in Maryland. Our use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques focuses on finding the core of the pest concern and controlling ticks from the source. Through IPM, pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, pets, and the environment. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!