Western North Carolina is home to many species of bugs and assorted vermin that range in nature from being annoyances to posing risks to humans as well as their four legged family members.
One of the more troublesome species of insects in the Ashevilla during the summer months are ticks. Ticks are related to mites and spiders.
Cause for Alarm
Ticks normally have several stages of development. The main stages are— the egg, larval, nymph, and adult stages. So what makes ticks a particularly creepy breed? While most people realize that ticks feed on humans and animals, did you know that After hatching from the egg, the tick MUST take a blood meal to complete each stage in its life cycle. Each stage of the tick usually takes a blood meal from a different host. For most ticks, each blood meal is taken from a different type of host.
In WNC, there are several active tick species.
American Dog Tick
The most predominant being the American Dog Tick. It lives along woodland paths, in recreational parks, farm pastures, wastelands, and other shrubby habitats in rural and suburban areas, meaning these critters are in most of our backyards.
Through each life cycle, the tick will feed on a progressively large host, including domesticated pets and humans.
It lives along woodland paths, in recreational parks, farm pastures, wastelands, and other shrubby habitats in rural and suburban areas of North Carolina.
The Brown Dog Tick
The brown dog tick occurs throughout North Carolina and may be active year round. In all stages, it feeds almost exclusively on dogs and rarely attacks people. Brown dog tick females may lay egg masses in cracks and crevices along building foundations, in pet kennels, and in homes. After a few weeks, you may find several thousand larvae climbing on walls, draperies, or furniture. When uncontrolled in kennels, populations of the brown dog tick may grow to extremely high levels. Make sure to properly treat your pets to prevent attacks from ticks, fleas, and other creatures!
The Lone Star Tick
The lone star tick will readily feed on man and large wild or domestic animals such as deer and dogs. Adults and nymphs are abundant in the spring and summer months. This tick is found in habitats similar to those of the American dog tick. Bites from the lonestar tick can result in an illness called STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Infection) which exhibits a rash similar in appearance to that seen with Lyme Disease. However, this disease is not caused by the same organism that causes Lyme Disease nor has it been linked to the same arthritic, neurological, or chronic symptoms associated with Lyme Disease.
Tick Pest Control Management
As you can see, ticks come in different shapes and may look slightly different from one breed to the next, but are relatively easy to spot, especially if they have been feeding.
Ticks aren’t just a nuisance, they pose serious threats to you and your pets health and safety! If you’ve spotted ticks around your home or on your pets or even yourself, call Gibson Pest Control today at 888-483-6507 or 828-684-1353.