Ticks

tick attached to florida resident stomach

Bites or Stings

Blood Sucking

Hazard to Health

Hitchhiker

Spreads Illness

What are ticks?

Ticks are a type of small arachnid; they are external parasites that survive by attaching themselves to and feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, amphibians, and even some reptiles. Ticks thrive in warm, humid climates making Florida the perfect place for ticks to live and breed in. There are many species of ticks found living throughout Florida, listed below are some of the most common.

  • Blacklegged tick

  • American dog tick

  • Brown dog tick

  • Lone star tick

Why do I have them?

In Florida, ticks are most active during the spring and fall months. Ticks are most likely on your property because it provides them with the environment that they require for survival. Ticks need to live in moist humid areas and can be found hiding in areas of dense vegetation, high grasses, along fence lines, along the edges of wooded paths, and in wooded areas. They lie in wait in these environments looking for a host to happen by that they can crawl onto and begin feeding on. Ticks are generally first introduced onto properties by wild animals who live near your home or who travel across it.

Are ticks dangerous?

Yes, ticks are dangerous. Ticks are responsible for spreading diseases to humans through their saliva. As they feed, they infect people and animals with serious, sometimes debilitating diseases. Blacklegged ticks transmit Lyme disease; this disease if left untreated can cause serious health problems including issues with the heart and nervous system, joint swelling, and the erosion of cartilage and bone. Ticks can also spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis among other serious diseases.

How do I get rid of ticks?

Controlling ticks can be a difficult task without the help of a professional; this is because they are most likely being constantly introduced onto your property by wild animals.  For help controlling ticks, contact McCall Service.  We are ready to evaluate your tick problem and provide you with a free estimate for our tick control services.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall Service, we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible.  In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Preventing a tick problem can be difficult.  Contacting McCall Service at the first sign of a tick infestation is the best way to keep your home and family protected from ticks and other household pests. In addition to putting into place, professional services removing the environments from your property that attract them can help; this can include keeping lawns trimmed short, removing areas of dense vegetation, removing piles of leaves and other organic debris, and getting rid of bird feeders from your property.         

 

 

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