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Ticks

All About Ticks

What are ticks?

Ticks are closely related to insects and spiders, and there are over 20 known tick species in the Midwest. Most often, they live out their lives feeding on wildlife, however, people may be bitten when they work or recreate in areas where ticks live. Ticks are most often associated with natural areas such as grassy shorelines, wooded areas, or fields near wooded areas. Ticks are rarely encountered indoors unless brought inside on the clothing of people or on the body of a pet.

What types of ticks are most common in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana?

The five most common ticks found in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana are the American dog tick (wood tick), Blacklegged tick (deer tick), Lone Star tick, Woodchuck tick and the Brown dog tick (kennel tick). Of those, the Blacklegged tick (deer tick) is the species which carries Lymes Disease. * Visit tickencounter.org for more information about types of ticks and the diseases associated with each type of tick.

blacklegged tick on white backgroundphoto of american dog tick

Where do you find ticks?

Generally, ticks are found outdoors in tall, grassy areas with lots of foliage.  If you find one inside, chances are it was carried in by someone in your house or on one of your pets. Always inspect yourself and your pets after activity in the woods or in deep grassy fields. 

Are they dangerous?

Tick bites produce varied reactions including redness, and discomfort and may also transmit serious disease and to humans, pets, and wildlife, including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Ticks need to be embedded for at least 36 hours before they can transfer bacteria, so early detection and removal is the key to preventing disease. Of the two most common ticks in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, the Blacklegged Deer Tick is the species known for carrying Lymes Disease.

How do you get rid of ticks?

Ticks are difficult to detect and even more frustrating to eliminate.  That’s why we offer mosquito and tick treatment in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.  These treatments are designed to discourage mosquitoes and ticks from living in and around your house. 

photo of size of deer tick next in comparison to dime

The size of a Deer Tick, also known as aBlacklegged Tick, next to a dime.

What do I do if I find a tick on me or my pet?

Don't panic. Simply grab the tick by the head with a pair of tweezers and gently pull straight back until the tick comes off. Do not pinch hard. This could cause the body to separate from the head, leaving the head embedded in the skin. Wipe the area with an antiseptic wipe and monitor for signs of inflammation or rash. 

How soon can you get here?

Contact your nearest Rose Pest Solutions service center immediately for an appointment.
In many cases, we can respond within 24-48 hours.

Is the treatment safe?

Rose Pest Solutions follows very strict guidelines for the use of pest control products so that they pose no hazard to people, pets or plants. Every product we use has been checked and registered by the EPA and our highly trained service technicians will inform you of any safety measures that need to be taken.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Tick problems can be difficult to prevent. Keeping your lawn short and landscaping well groomed is a good start.   Our mosquito & tick treatments are designed to lessen the tick problem on your property so that you can relax and enjoy your summer.

 

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