Characteristics

Ticks are ectoparasites (external parasites), living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. They bury their heads into a dog's skin and gorge themselves on its blood, which can transmit dangerous diseases or cause the dog severe discomfort. Or with severe infestation, may even lead to dog's death.

The life cycle of ticks can vary depending on the species. The growth stages of a tick start off as an egg, larva (six-legged), nymph, and finally the adult. The adult female tick lays eggs. The eggs hatch larva. These larva commonly feed on mammals such as squirrels, humans, deer, mice, raccoons, and even skunks. They also feed on birds. The nymph continues to feed off of the mammals stated above before maturing into an adult. Once the tick reaches the adult stage, it will commonly feed on larger animals such as the opossum, cat, dog, deer, and humans

Injury/Damage

Dermacentor variabilis, also known as the American dog tick or Wood tick, is a species of tick that is known to carry bacteria responsible for several diseases in humans, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia (Francisella tularensis). It is one of the most well-known hard ticks. Diseases are spread when it sucks blood from the host, which could take several days for the host to experience some symptoms.

Management

Prevention

Keeping our pets free of dog ticks is the best way to keep our home free from this pest.

Check your pets regularly if ticks start to reside at them. Once you found a tick in your dog, remove it right away.

BOAZ Pest Control Services Mosquito Control Programs

Three-phase Dog Tick Control Programs starts on:

1. Inspection and Survey. 

2. Combination of Non-chemical and Chemical Methods

3. Monitoring