Lyme Disease Transmission & Tick Prevention
Ticks are found throughout the world, and Central New Jersey is no exception. With all the tick species found throughout the country, there are four more commonly known to locals. They are the Black Legged or Deer Tick, American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, and the Brown Dog Tick. Most ticks are none too picky about the host they consume their blood from, but some tick species do prefer some hosts over others. Ticks can not only be annoying, but they can transmit dangerous tick-borne illnesses and diseases.
Tick Prevention and Identification
– American Dog Tick. American dog ticks are one of the more frequently discovered ticks leeching themselves on domestic pests and humans. Being more active, these ticks will explore the wild habitats just as easily as the suburban well manicured developments. These ticks are more responsible for transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
– Brown Dog Tick. Brown dog ticks find dogs more favorable to feast upon, and in the rarity when finding a host is difficult, they will select a person or other animals. Domestic pets are more likely, and brown dog ticks are the only known species willing to disperse from their host in lieu of infesting the comforts of a home. It is speculated that dogs carry brown dog ticks into your home after visiting dog parks, kennel facilities or vet offices.
– Lone Star Tick. Lone Star ticks are aggressive when finding their hosts. Domestic and wild animals as well as humans are all equally susceptible. They carry a distinctive white dot or star-like marking and are known to spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Tularemia.
– Deer Tick or Black Legged Tick. The black legged tick is more commonly known as the deer tick, as they prefer to suck on white-tailed deer, but they are not biased in their hosts. Domestic pets or people are usually only inflicted after traversing through the wooded or meadow areas they call home. Deer ticks are linked to transmitting Lyme disease.
Other General Tick Facts
Ticks in general can be found in any area. When they are not living on a host, they live in vegetation areas and can easily call your own backyard home. Approximately 70% of Lyme disease cases are found to be infected by a tick. Since adult ticks are featured with eight legs, they are grouped in the arachnid family, being more closely related to spiders and scorpions than other insects. All ticks have four life stages; egg, larvae which is the infant stage, nymph which is the adolescent age, and adult. Ticks will feed on birds, reptiles, humans and both wild and domestic animals. Ticks are not born with transmittable diseases, but acquire them through feeding. With a single bite, dogs can be given multiple diseases. If you find ticks in your home or yard, contact the experienced professionals at Dynamic Pest Control to exterminate ticks in and around your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!