Tick Control in Delaware
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Does your Dog or Cat keep getting bitten by ticks? Not getting results from a mosquito only company? Are you concerned about Lymes Disease?
Tick Control Services in Delaware
Ticks possess enormous health risks. Tick-borne diseases have been on the rise. So now is the time to hire the right company to prevent tick infestations.
There are two types of ticks in the Ixodidae family, hard ticks and soft ticks. Most pest control applications in Delaware and Maryland will target the hard tick types; Deer Tick, Dog Tick, and Lone Star Tick.
Ticks go through four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Many adult female ticks need to feed only once to lay up to 10,000 eggs, depending on species and conditions. After mating, the female drops from the host and to the ground where she deposits a large batch of eggs. Depending on conditions larvae could hatch in as little as two weeks.
Baby Ticks – Nymphs
Depending on conditions and species the immature stage larvae must find a host for a blood meal on smaller animals such as mice and birds. The first immature stage is often called the seed tick as they are hard to see and contain only six legs. After a blood meal, the immature stage seed tick molts into an eight-legged nymph. Some species of tick nymphs can survive months unfed. Depending on the tick species nymphs usually seek out to feed on larger animals such as dogs and deer. Many of the species of ticks in Delaware only require 3 hosts to become reproductive adults. Tick hosts may vary from animal species to a wide range of non-preference host feeding.
How a tick seeks and attaches to a host varies by species and developmental stage. Some tick species can detect host body heat, ammonia, and carbon dioxide through specialized organs on their front legs and can even travel over 60 feet towards a prospective host. Questing behavior is another form of host finding. A tick will seek a favorable vegetation site, climb to the top of an object, such as a branch, tall grass, fence or side of building and stretch out their front legs waiting to attach to a host.
In 2014, a University of Delaware Doctoral Student, Solny Adalsteinsson, conducted a study to identify important ecological factors that contribute to a large number of tick-borne diseases. Her research concluded that the multiflora rose, an invasive plant, as a possible culprit or conducive condition for tick infestations, rodent infestations and the symbiotic relationship that facilitates tick-borne disease like Lyme Disease.
Frost and Tick Control
Hard winters are not enough to guarantee tick elimination in Delaware. In fact, not all ticks wait for spring to become active. As soon as the ground thaws adult Deer Ticks and Lone Star Ticks emerge and search for an unsuspecting host. During unfavorable or adverse environmental conditions like cold weather, many species of hard ticks will spend periods of time in quiescence or a state of dormancy.
According to the CDC
Lyme Disease is caused by bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, there were a total of 42,743 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease were reported in 2017. Moreover, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) finds that the state of Delaware regularly finds itself among the highest per capita in reported Lyme Disease cases.
Ticks are among the most significant blood-sucking arthropods worldwide. With significant health risks, it’s obvious that when choosing a Professional Pest Control Company, you need to select the very best. Activ Pest Solutions has set the bar in professional tick control.
In the pest control industry, tick control is one of the more technical pests to eliminate. We are Not a Seasonal Spray and Pray Company. Inspection, species identification, and situational awareness are critical in devising a thorough zero tolerance tick treatment program.
A successful tick program requires a multi-faceted approach including, but not limited to: Thorough Inspection, identification, attention to and elimination of conducive conditions, exclusions, environmental factors, selection and implementation of appropriate control measures, product rotation, safety, and finally record keeping.
Our free thorough inspection by a certified professional technician will identify and discuss any conducive conditions that may contribute to a tick infestation and provide you with a detailed solution to rid your home and yard of the ticks.