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American Dog Ticks In DC, MD & VA

Ticks are a challenging pest to combat, but not impossible. Use our pest guide to learn about ticks and understand how to successfully keep them away from you or your pets in the future.

What are American dog ticks?

The American dog tick is a type of tick found in most of the United States. Their sole source of nutrition comes from the blood of medium to large mammals like dogs, deer, and, unfortunately for us, people.

We identify these ticks by their large size when fully engorged with blood. American dog ticks are reddish-brown with white or yellowish markings at their front end.

Are American dog ticks dangerous?

American dog ticks do pose a health risk to people and animals. They acquire and spread diseases that cause serious illnesses through their feeding habits. Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick paralysis are examples of pathogens spread by American dog ticks.

American dog ticks will feed on at least three animals throughout their lives. The more contact you have with any species of tick, the more likely you will become infected with disease-causing pathogens.

Why do I have an American dog tick problem?

American dog ticks move easiest from place to place with the help of the animal hosts they use as a food source. As their animal hosts travel, ticks move with them.

Female American dog ticks lay their eggs on the ground in areas of dense vegetation that offer them shade and moisture. The ticks find a host at each life stage (larva, nymph, and adult). Their entire life cycle from egg to adult can take up to two years, depending on environmental conditions and the availability of hosts. 

Where will I find American dog ticks?

The most exposure to American dog ticks happens during spring, summer, and early fall when their numbers are the highest and they are moving around looking for hosts.

Thick grass, long weeds, and wooded areas are where American dog ticks most successfully live, breed, and feed in large numbers. Near our homes, American dog ticks live in gardens, the landscaping around our houses, and anywhere their hosts, like your dog or cats, hang out.

How do I get rid of American dog ticks?

American dog ticks are regularly introduced onto properties by wild animals, stray pets, and your pets.

The best way to get rid of ticks from your property and prevent them from becoming a future issue is to partner with an experienced pest professional. We will thoroughly inspect your property, determine the size of your tick problem, note your property’s unique needs, and provide treatment.

Call Miche Pest Control today to learn more about winning the war against American dog ticks with the help of regular pest control services. We provide tick control in DC, MD & VA that you can trust!

How can I prevent American dog ticks in the future?

You can take several steps you can take to help avoid contact with American dog ticks. 

Our top American dog tick prevention tips include:

  • If you own pets, place them on a year-round tick preventative under the guidance of their veterinarian.
  • Regularly groom and bathe your pets.
  • Keep your property’s grass cut short.
  • Don’t allow weeds or grass to overgrow along decks, porch steps, or fencelines.
  • When walking in wooded areas or areas of tall grass, always wear long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
  • After spending time outside, always inspect yourself and your pets for ticks before coming back inside. 

Don’t try to handle a problem with American dog ticks alone; reach out to Miche Pest Control to implement an effective tick control plan for your DC, MD & VA property!

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