Ticks

Color: Brown to rust colored following feeding.

Characteristics: Broadly oval and flat with four pairs of legs with claws.

Size: Adult females measure to about 2.7 mm in length. The males are smaller.

Potentially Dangerous: Yes

WHAT ARE TICKS?

Ticks are small arachnids with over 800 species and are known to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Powassan. Ticks are bloodsucking creatures that feed on both humans and animals. They are wingless and can travel up to several kilometers on their host or by crawling. Ticks have a multistage lifespan including eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adulthood. Larvae, nymphs and adults all need blood meals for survival. Generally ticks breed while on the host animal and drop to the ground to lay eggs. They typically live in moist, humid environments, especially wooded or grassy areas, so avoid areas like this and walk in the center of trails. At home, they may be hiding in leaf litter or shrubs.

WHY DO I HAVE THEM?

Ticks can travel a far distance with an unsuspecting host. If you live in a heavily wooded area or near water, they can enter into yards via hosts such as wild animals. They prefer shady, moist areas, which is why it’s important to keep a clean, well-trimmed yard and avoid over-watering in order to prevent them from attaching themselves to you and your pets.

ARE THEY DANGEROUS?

Tick bites are harmless the majority of the time, however they can carry several dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, which cause a bull’s-eye pattern rash to appear as well as flu-like symptoms and fatigue. If left untreated, it can be deadly. Another, more rare disease is Powassan, which can often go undetected and attacks the central nervous system.

HOW DO I GET RID OF TICKS?

Once ticks have infested an area, they are extremely hard to get rid of.  Contacting Wil-Kil Pest Control is the ideal way to control your tick problems.  We offer effective residential and commercial tick control services that are sure to help alleviate the pest problem.

CAN I DO IT MYSELF?

Do-it-yourself methods of tick control are not always effective.  Products may contain chemicals that are more harmful to people and pets than they are to tick.  Wil-Kil’s pest control professionals are trained in identifying tick infestations and will execute effective measures to rid your home or business of ticks completely.

IS THE TICK TREATMENT SAFE?

The health and safety of our customers, their family or employees is very important to us.  We use products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use.  All of our pest control professionals are certified and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.

HOW SOON CAN YOU GET HERE?

Our customers are our top priority. Your Wil-Kil technician is 100% committed to helping you as soon as possible.

HOW DO I PREVENT THIS IN THE FUTURE?

Ticks can be very difficult to prevent.  Cleaning a clean, well-trimmed yard will help, but may not be completely effective and that is why you should contact Wil-Kil Pest Control at the first sign of a problem.  Our tick control services are designed to lessen the tick problem on your property.

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