Spring is upon us in Tallahassee, FL, which can mean only one thing: It will soon be tick season. As the temperatures rise, the tick population will increase and spread to yards across the city and state. This disease-spreading pest is a nuisance not only to people but also to pets and other animals. McCall Service is here to answer the most commonly asked questions about this blood-sucking arachnid.
McCall's Tick FAQ
Which tick species are in Tallahassee, FL?
Numerous tick species live in the Tallahassee area and throughout the Sunshine State. Some of the most common tick species include the:
- Brown dog tick: It feeds primarily on dogs but will often attack people. It's brown in color and may carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- American dog tick: It also feeds on dogs and people but stays outside in most cases. It's also a vector for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Lone star tick: It's a common tick in Florida and can be identified by a single dot on its back. It may transmit southern tick-associated rash illness and ehrlichiosis.
Where can I find ticks in my yard?
All tick species prefer brush and weedy areas; some will even lie in wait on tree branches. Once a passerby walks beneath the tick, it will drop from the branch and land on its victim. It then crawls undetected to a spot on the person or animal where it can feed on blood.
Should I worry about tick diseases?
Most tick species are vectors for diseases, so it's important to remove a tick as soon as you see it on you or your pet. As the tick population increases, it's more likely that you'll see these pests somewhere in your yard – maybe even attacking your pet.
How do I remove a tick from me and my pets?
- Use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the surface of your skin as possible.
- Pull upward to remove the tick.
- Clean the bite area with soap and water or alcohol.
Pest Control for Ticks in Tallahassee, FL
Taking quick action will prevent unwanted tick infestations this summer. These pests can quickly grow out of hand and take over your property; they can also come indoors by latching onto your pets. If you've seen these arachnids outdoors or want to take preventative action, contact McCall Service for more pest control information. We'll inspect your property for ticks and treat the problem at the source, eliminating these bloodthirsty arachnids from your yard and home.