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Asian Longhorned Ticks In DC, MD & VA

It is vital to guard your home against unwanted pests, but it is crucial for invasive pests like Asian longhorn ticks. To learn more about these troublesome ticks and tick removal, use this helpful pest guide.

What are Asian longhorned ticks?

We can best describe Asian longhorned ticks as the new kids on the block. These ticks were introduced into the United States from Asia in 2017. Since they arrived in New Jersey, they have spread throughout the Eastern United States.

Asian longhorned ticks have a fairly generic appearance; they are small reddish-brown ticks, and when engorged with blood, they become more grayish in color. Before a tick begins feeding, adults are about the size of a poppy seed; after eating, they are about the size of a pea.

These tick's preferred hosts are livestock and wildlife; in addition, they won't hesitate to feed on the blood of people and pets.

Are Asian longhorned ticks dangerous?

The Asian longhorned ticks' small size makes these pests challenging to spot. Like other blood-feeding ticks, they can transmit diseases to livestock like bovine theileriosis and babesiosis through their feeding process. Though they can transmit disease-causing pathogens in Asia, it's unknown if Asian longhorned ticks can transmit human pathogens in North America. To be safe, like with any tick species, limiting your and your pet's contact with Asian longhorned ticks is always best.

Why do I have an Asian longhorned tick problem?

Asian longhorned ticks can reproduce quickly and develop large populations without much effort. In the United States, no males are available for females to mate with, so they are entirely parthenogenetic (females do not require males to reproduce).

Their life cycle begins when newly hatched larvae climb to the top of a piece of vegetation to wait for a host to brush past them. After feeding, the nymphs drop to the ground and molt into larvae. The new larvae then find a host, feed, and fall to the ground to molt into adults. New adults will seek a final host to feed on before dropping off their host and laying their eggs. Each adult female will lay more than 2,000 eggs.

As you can see, Asian longhorned ticks can quickly become a problem on any property and are considered invasive. When it comes to these ticks, quick action is always necessary with effective tick control services.

Where will I find Asian longhorned ticks?

Asian longhorn ticks are more likely to be discovered in grassy areas or fields than in wooded areas. These ticks can and will thrive in our yards, livestock pastures, and meadows.

Asian longhorned ticks will find their way inside our homes on the backs of pets, wild animals, or after climbing onto your clothing. The good news is that, like most types of ticks, Asian longhorned ticks aren't very successful at completing their breeding cycle indoors and aren't known for becoming a problem inside homes and other structures.

How do I get rid of Asian longhorned ticks?

Due to their small size and large populations working with a professional to eliminate and control Asian longhorned ticks is always best.

Here at Miche Pest Control, our professionals deeply understand the ticks in our region, how to identify them, where they live, how best to treat them, and how to help you prevent them from becoming a problem in the future.

Don't try to identify and remove ticks on your own; remove them the easy way; partner with Miche Pest Control. To learn more about tick control in DC, MD & VA don't delay; give us a call today!

How can I prevent Asian longhorned ticks in the future?

The following tick prevention tips will help you avoid problems with Asian longhorned ticks on your property: 

  • When spending time outside, always wear a tick repellent. 
  • Stay to the center of walking trails. 
  • Maintain your lawn and keep the grass cut short.
  • Control weeds and bushy landscaping on your property. 
  • Always carefully inspect yourself and your pets for ticks before coming inside after spending time outdoors. 
  • If spending time outside in grassy areas, wear long pants and tuck them into your socks.

If you are ever concerned about ticks on your property, reach out to the professionals at Miche Pest Control.

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