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Blacklegged Ticks In DC, MD & VA

Though blacklegged ticks are tiny in size, their bites and the diseases they spread cause people and our pets significant problems. Understanding more about specific tick species, including how best to keep them away from your property, is key to avoiding contact with blacklegged ticks.

What are blacklegged ticks?

Blacklegged ticks are one of the most widespread and well-known tick species. These ticks are the most common carriers of Lyme disease.

Blacklegged ticks are quite small, making them difficult to spot. However, their unique appearance helps to identify them. Adults have brownish-orange bodies and contrasting dark, black legs.

These ticks are also commonly referred to as deer ticks because they prefer feeding on the blood of white-tailed deer. Unfortunately, blacklegged ticks don't just feed on deer; they feed on many different types of animals throughout their life cycles, including people, rodents, dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes, skunks, and other wild animals.

Are blacklegged ticks dangerous?

Blacklegged ticks are dangerous to you, your family, and your pets. These ticks are the most well-known carriers of the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. If left untreated, Lyme disease can be quite debilitating, causing damage to the heart, nervous system, and joints. A blacklegged tick infected with Lyme disease will transmit the disease to each host it feeds on, spreading it quickly throughout a region.

Why do I have a blacklegged tick problem?

Blacklegged ticks travel passively. That is to say, they move wherever their animal hosts take them. When ready for a meal, blacklegged tick nymphs, larvae, or adults will climb to the top of a blade of grass or another piece of vegetation. They will wait for a host to brush past them, crawl onto their bodies, and attach themselves to the host's skin to feed. The feeding process takes a few days, and as the tick feeds, they will move with their hosts.

Properties near wooded areas are most prone to problems with blacklegged ticks. However, any of our yards where animals feel comfortable is a place blacklegged ticks call home.

Where will I find blacklegged ticks?

Blacklegged ticks live, breed, and feed outside. Like most other ticks, they cannot complete their life cycle indoors and won't develop large indoor populations. However, in our yards, blacklegged ticks will produce large, difficult-to-control populations.

When not on an animal host, ticks hang out in areas that provide shade and moisture like wooded areas, gardens, overgrown landscaping, tall grass, and piles of yard debris. If ticks are in your yard, it is only a matter of time before you, your kids, or your pets come into contact with the blood-feeding pests.

How do I get rid of blacklegged ticks?

If you are tired of wondering how to get rid of blacklegged ticks, Miche Pest Control is here to help. Trust our family-owned-and-operated Miche Pest Control to help you keep large populations of blacklegged ticks off your property and away from your family. We are experienced and dedicated to solving your property's pest problems.

We offer top-notch services to eradicate all life stages of blacklegged ticks from your property. Our experts will eliminate your current tick problem and, through regular pest control solutions, stop them from taking over your property in the future. If you live in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia and want to learn more about tick control, reach out today!

How can I prevent blacklegged ticks in the future?

Along with professional pest control services, use the following tips to avoid contact with blacklegged ticks: 

  • Avoid tick bites by using a tick repellent and wearing long pants and long sleeves when spending time outside, especially in wooded areas.
  • When walking on a wooded trail, keep yourself and your pets in the center of the path.
  • Inspect yourself and your pets for ticks before coming inside after spending time outside. 
  • Maintain your lawn and keep the grass cut short.
  • Keep weeds and tall grass cut back from fences, steps, and walkways. 
  • Remove piles of leaves, grass, and other debris from your property.
  • Deter rodent activity by keeping lids on trash cans, removing bird feeders, and picking up uneaten pet food. 
  • Use fencing to keep larger tick-infested wild animals out of your yard and your pets inside your yard. 

For effective blacklegged tick control in DC, MD & VA reach out to the professionals at Miche Pest Control.

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