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New Ticks On The Block – Tick Control

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Did You Know?! There’s A New Longhorned Tick In Town. Take Control With Tick Control.

Tick control has never been this difficult. The Longhorned Tick, also known as the bush tick, is a tick species native to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and as of recently North America. These aggressive little blood suckers were discovered last November in Hunterdon County, NJ and guess what?! They seem to like it here!

Unlike native tick species who’s reproductive process lasts two years, female Longhorned ticks have the ability to reproduce in just six months without male participation. Because of their astounding ability to lay thousands of genetically identical eggs after feeding, infestations manifest quickly and spread exponentially.

Ticks are known to cary a variety of pathogens dangerous to humans, livestock and other animals. Their survival depends solely on blood and they tend to choose the size of their host relative to their developmental stage. After hatching, six legged larvae attach themselves to smaller hosts, likely acquiring pathogens the ticks can later transmit to humans as nymphs and adults. Due to their saliva’s anesthetic properties, ticks can dig themselves into the flesh of their human hosts unnoticed and feed for as long as 10 days.

Ticks carry life threatening diseases such as Lyme disease. Over three thousand cases are reported in New Jersey annually. Call AMCO NOW if you suspect ticks have invaded your home.

DIY tick control can be ineffective, unsafe and is not recommended. Because store bought chemicals lack the residual effects of industrial grade pesticides it’s better to call the professionals at AMCO. Our certified exterminators are here to make sure your home is a safe space for your pets and loved ones.

Protect Yourself From Ticks

When To Look Out For Ticks

Larvae and nymph ticks hideout deep underground to withstand the cold winter months; They come out to feed as temperatures rise throughout spring and summer. Precautionary measures should still be taken during winter as adult ticks have no need to hibernate.

Where Ticks Hang Out

Rainfall and high temperatures brought on by climate change are contributing to a global spike in tick population. This is because ticks prefer warm areas with a minimum humidity of 80%. They do not jump or fly; Instead, they hang out in tall bushes and grass, shrubs and other vegetation that makes hosts more accessible as they walk by.

Diseases Ticks Transmit

Because children and pets are the highest at risk, tick bites should not be taken lightly. Once a tick feeds on an infected host they will transmit the same pathogens to their following hosts. The most dangerous and common diseases transmitted to humans are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, Babesiosis, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, Anaplasmosis, and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness. Because children and pets are the highest at risk, tick bites should not be taken lightly. 

Preventive Measures

Follow these easy steps!

  • Wear long sleeve tops and long pants in areas you suspect Ticks may be an issue
  • Use repellants and essential oils to keep them away (tea tree oil, citronella)
  • Check yourself, your pets and loved ones for ticks after spending time in densely vegetated and wooded areas. 
  • Carefully remove ticks from the skin using a pair of tweezers
  • Keep vegetation away from paths and hang out areas
  • Keep your lawn and gardern clean.
  • Try to keep pets from going off trail

Contact us if you suspect Ticks have invading your home. We provide tick control with a Health First approach, keeping your children and pets safe from dangerous diseases and harmful toxins.

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