Ticks & Disease: What Every Maryland Property Owner Ought To Know
The American dog tick is a reddish-brown color with white or yellow markings on its back. Males and females are similar in size at about 1/8 of an inch long. The American dog tick can grow to nearly ½ inch when fully engorged with blood from a host mammal. These ticks are generally found in wooded areas east of the Rocky Mountains with a higher concentration along the eastern seaboard.
The Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum) is a type of tick commonly found in the south central and eastern parts of the United States. This tick does not transmit Lyme disease. It does, however, transmit “STARI” or Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness. STARI presents many of the same symptoms as Lyme disease such as rash, fever and fatigue; however, there are no recurring or neurological symptoms associated with STARI. They get their name from the distinctive white spot found on the backs of female ticks. Males do not have the same characteristic white spot, but they do have some darker spotting along their backs. All three life stages of the lone star tick (larva, nymph and adult) will readily feed on humans and other animals and may be quite aggressive.
Yes. American does offer treatment that will control both adult and larval ticks and our technicians will take every precaution to make sure that your children and pets are safe during, and after treatment.
Yes. Tick populations will most likely be worse following a mild winter. There are a few reasons for the increase in tick numbers:
More ticks survived through warmer winter temperatures.
The early spring-like climate allows ticks to start reproducing earlier than after a cold winter.
Be sure to take extra precautions to keep your family and pets safe from ticks this spring and summer!
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