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Tick Identification Guide

What are ticks?


Ticks are both ectoparasites and arachnids. These tiny arachnids are closely related to spiders and mites, and being ectoparasites means that they feed on the blood of their warm-blooded hosts by attaching themselves to the outside of their hosts. Depending on the ticks, they may have preferred hosts but usually feed on many warm-blooded animal hosts, including people.

Two of the most widespread species of ticks in our area are the American dog tick and the blacklegged tick.

American dog ticks are a large species of tick, and their bodies are a brownish color with whitish-gray or yellow marbled markings on them. As their name suggests, their preferred host is the domestic dog.

Blacklegged ticks are a small species of ticks. They are brownish-orange in color with distinctive darker black legs. They are also called "deer" ticks because their preferred host is the white-tailed deer.

Are ticks dangerous?

A tick bite can cause some redness and irritation, but the diseases they spread are the main cause of concern for ticks.

After ticks latch onto a person's skin, they bury their head into the skin, insert a tube-like structure, and begin feeding. Ticks feed over several days, and because they eat so slowly, they are very efficient at spreading diseases to both people and animals.

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How do I get rid of ticks?

The safest way to control the number of ticks feeding and breeding in your Worcester-area yard is to partner with an experienced professional. At Encon, we treat our customers like family and work as a team to ensure we meet your pest control needs in Worcester, MA, and surrounding areas and your family is kept safe from ticks and the diseases they spread. To reduce your contact with ticks in your backyard, we have developed a tick treatment program that provides eight treatments performed three weeks apart from April through October. Using a product that is safe around kids and pets, we ensure that you once again enjoy your backyard without worrying about coming into contact with ticks.

Call us here at Encon today to learn more about guarding your Worcester, MA, and surrounding area property against ticks.

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