"Ticking" Down to the Height of Pest SeasonNPMA Staff
Friday, May 28, 2010
By NPMA Staff
Typically living in trees and shrubbery, ticks are most prevalent
in summer months. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
warns that ticks can cause significant threats to health and
property when the temperatures rise across the United States.
Two common ticks are the deer tick and the brown dog tick. Deer
ticks, often linked to Lyme disease, become carriers after biting
infected animals, typically the white-footed mouse. As infected
ticks seek out additional blood meals for sustenance, often from
humans, Lyme disease is then transmitted. Brown dog ticks, which
can infest a structure, are usually brought into homes by pet dogs.
Found in cracks, behind baseboards and in places close to the
floor, brown dog ticks can lay as many as 5,000 eggs, therefore
increasing the potential size of the infestation
"Whether the concern is the deer tick or the brown dog tick,
vigilance is absolutely critical," says Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for NPMA. "If a homeowner suspects a
tick infestation on their property, they should immediately contact
a pest professional."
The NPMA offers the following tips to help protect homeowners from
tick encounters during the summer:
• Avoid tick habitats such as low-growing brushy
vegetation along the edge of the woods or a trail.
• Wear light-colored clothing; tuck pant legs
into socks and shirt bottoms into pants, to make ticks more readily
• Apply repellents with DEET to clothing and
any exposed skin.
• Check yourself thoroughly after you have
been in known/potential tick-infested areas; finding and removing
all ticks in a timely manner is critical to preventing disease.
• If you suspect a tick infestation, contact a
licensed pest professional to rid your property of these unwanted
pests and prevent future infestations.