Ticks

Color: Depending on the species, their color can range from brown to reddish brown, and black. When engorged, ticks generally appear to be a gray or blue color.

Characteristics: Although there are several different species of ticks their appearance is quite similar. Their bodies are flat, broad and oval in shape.  When ticks are embedded their appearance is closely related to that of a bubbly mole.

Size: Varies by species, but generally range in size from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch.

Potentially Dangerous: Yes

Bites & Stings

Blood Sucking

Difficult to See

Health Hazard

Illness Spreading

Why Do I Have A Tick Problem?

Ticks do not have the ability to move great lengths on their own. Often times they rely on a host, such as a dog or a cat for transportation. If you have noticed a fluctuation of ticks on your property it may be that wildlife introduced them to that area. The most common ticks found in Texas include: the Lone Star Tick, the Black Legged Deer Tick, the American Dog Tick, and the Brown Dog Tick.

What Kind of Threat Do Ticks Pose?

Ticks are a parasitic pest that feed on the blood of other animals and are known to bite humans as well. Ticks can pose serious risks to our health as they are known transmitters of Lyme disease and the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

How Do I Control Ticks?

Ticks are most generally spotted in grass, tall weeds, brush, or wooded areas; making the property around many homes a perfect haven for them. Ticks can be hard to find, and are nearly impossible to eliminate without the help of an expert. There are some measures you can take to protect your property from ticks including: keeping grass cut low, weeds to a minimum, and clutter and debris picked up. Also, if you plan to spend any time outdoors be sure that your feet and legs are covered to avoid ticks from attaching themselves to you.

Be mindful to check yourself and your pets for ticks after any amount of time spent outdoors. If you have noticed these pests around your property it is best to call a professional for help! Contact Holder’s Pest Solutions to inquire about what our effective lawn tick treatments can do for your Houston property.

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