A tick is a parasite that feeds on their host’s blood.
Ticks are small arachnids in the order Ixodida. Along with mites, they constitute the subclass Acarina . Ticks are ectoparasites (external parasites), living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians.
Ticks are everywhere. Though they are not concentrated in one location, like some other pests, they do thrive in areas along the tropical regions where there are no extreme weather changes such as extreme heat or cold. Extreme weather conditions causes the inhibition of the eggs and larva, preventing the whole tick family from populating. In order to grow and transform into a full mature specie, a tick gets moisture from the humid air. They feed on blood of the animals, especially dogs.
Ticks are known carriers of contagious diseases like Colorado Tick Fever, Q Fever, Lyme Disease, Tularemea, Tick Borne, Rock Mountain Spotted Fever, tick-borne meningoencephalitis and many more.
There are three known families of ticks, namely Ixodidae, Argasidae, Nuttalliellida. Each family or kind is identified by their soft or hard bodies. Female ticks feed more frequently than male ticks.
Depending on the level of infestation, ticks can become a threat to your family. Since kids love to play or sleep with dogs, ticks can transfer from the dog to the kid’s hair without noticing it. So if you spot a tick on your dogs, the best thing to do is to keep them away from your children and remove the ticks from their bodies. Smaller ticks can walk fast from one place to another, and if you see one, chances there are more that you haven’t seen yet. That would be the perfect time to ask the help of expert tick removal companies such as All Pest Exterminating Inc. Removing ticks from virtually every part and corners of your house can be very challenging and time consuming, so if you don’t want to be disturbed from your daily routines, a professional help can get the job done.
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