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Technically, ticks are not “bugs” or insects. Rather, they are arachnids related to spiders, scorpions, and mites. These tiny blood-sucking external parasites attach themselves to virtually any host that contains blood -- wild and domestic mammals, birds, and reptiles. People are also tasty hosts.
Ticks locate us from our carbon dioxide when exhaling as well as our scent and body heat. Since ticks live in the woods, fields, and brushy areas, those who work outside or who enjoy outdoor activities or even just gardening in their own backyard should be aware of the prevalence of ticks in New Jersey, the ease in which a tick can attach to one’s skin, and the risk of disease transmission. These tiny creatures can and do cause permanent health problems through transmitting infected blood. And the longer an infected tick stays attached and feeds on its host, the greater the chance of infection.
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As a relative of spiders, adult ticks have eight legs and two body segments. The black-legged tick (deer tick) is about the same size as the head of a pin whereas a dog tick can be up to one-half inch long. The appearance of a tick changes as it goes through its life stages from larva to nymph and adult -- so the tick species cannot be determined by size alone.
The nymph period is especially dangerous because the ticks are so tiny – the size of a poppy seed -- yet still carry potentially infected blood causing tick-borne illnesses that can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Often these ticks bite and fall off without the host even realizing they were there!
Tick identification is not easy, even for experts. The safest thing to do is have the tick identified and, if necessary, tested by a laboratory to determine if the tick’s blood is diseased.
The tick engorgement level is critical since transmission does not happen immediately and the engorgement level is a strong indicator of how long the tick was attached. Every New Jersey county has a tick identification and testing program. Please take advantage of it! Remember, here in New Jersey, it is estimated that almost 50% of adult black-legged ticks are infected with Lyme disease.
Studies have shown the precise opposite. Approximately 70% of Lyme disease transmissions are from tick bites in one’s own backyard.
As larvae, ticks feed on small mammals like rodents, bats, deer, and other wildlife. Ticks ingest and store infected blood from these reservoir hosts and then progress into their tiny nymph stage.
Nymphs inhabit vegetation as low as 4-6 inches, the typical vegetation found in anyone’s own yard. The ticks then transfer the diseased blood from that host to whatever or whoever is unlucky enough to be their next blood meal.
If you have questions about tick control on your property, contact the pest experts at Cowleys Pest Services for a free inspection and estimate. Our Tick Reduction Program lets you reclaim your backyard from the dangers of ticks. Protect your yard, and your family, with Cowleys thorough, safe and effective treatments.They proudly work with homeowners in Woodbridge, Edison, Lakewood, Brick, Toms River, Piscataway, Trenton, Middletown, Princeton Junction, Old Bridge, and the surrounding area.