With the arrival of spring comes the return of many pests. Deer ticks are typically most active during spring and fall. They are a very common pest in Upstate NY, so let’s learn a little more about them:
Deer Tick Facts:
- The scientific name for the deer tick is Ixodes scapularis.
- Deer ticks are also sometimes referred to as black-legged ticks.
- The lifecycle of a deer tick is generally two years.
- The four life stages of a deer tick are egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult.
- After hatching, deer ticks need a new host for each life stage.
- Deer ticks hold onto leaves and grass with their lower legs and stretch their upper legs out as they wait for a potential host to come by that they can climb onto.
- Deer ticks spread Lyme disease to humans by ingesting it from an infected animal host, getting infected, and then transmitting it to a human host.
- Deer ticks can stay attached to a host for several days.
- Female deer ticks lay upwards of 2,000 eggs at one time.
- Mice are common hosts for larvae.
How to Get Rid of Ticks:
To totally eradicate ticks is not a realistic goal. However, there are effective ways to control the tick population in your yard. One of our favorite methods is to form an alliance with rodents, which are one of the biggest carriers for ticks. Our Tick Box utilizes the rodents already present in your yard and brushes a small amount of insecticide onto the rodents’ fur, helping to control the tick population in and around your home. Another tick control method includes granular applications to overgrowth and low lying tree & shrub foliage.
To discuss a tick control program for your home, contact us today. Attention Pest Solutions offers tick control and residential pest control for Saratoga County, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.