With A1 Exterminator’s customized program and tick treatment, you can feel safe and comfortable while enjoying a rewarding outdoor lifestyle.
Most people have, at one time or another, found a tick on a family member, the family pet or on themselves. Tick bites can be painful and cause skin inflammation, secondary infection and could start forming microorganisms that spread disease.
There are several different types of ticks found in New England. Two of the most “high risk” areas are Massachusetts and Rhode Island. According to the Centers for Disease Control tick-borne diseases is an epidemic forming in the United States. Our tick control program can help keep you, your family and your pets safe.
Our tick treatments will give you protection against the potential of these tick-borne disease:
- Lyme disease: an illness from getting bitten by a tick infected with a certain type of bacteria. The most feared tick-borne illness is Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks so small that they often go unnoticed and is named for the Connecticut town where Yale researchers first traced the disease back to insects. It can cause fatigue, headache, stiff neck, fever, sore muscles and joints, and sometimes a red rash that looks like a bull’s-eye.
- Rocky Mountain spotted fever: a bacterial infection passed to humans by wood ticks and dog ticks that can lead to life-threatening complications, such as shock and kidney failure, if it is not treated promptly. Initial symptoms usually start about 2 to 14 days after the tick bite and may include a sudden fever, severe headache, muscle and joint aches, distinct rash, and nausea and vomiting.
- Tularemia: also called deerfly fever or rabbit fever, is a disease that usually occurs in animals. But the disease can be passed to people through infected insects or animals or by exposure to contaminated water or dust.
- Ehrlichiosis: an infectious disease that can be passed to humans by ticks. It causes fever, chills, headache (often severe), general ill feeling (malaise), nausea and vomiting, and a purple or red rash.
- Relapsing fever: an infectious disease that can be passed to humans by ticks. Relapsing fever is most common in the western United States.
- Colorado tick fever: an infectious viral disease that can be passed to humans by ticks. Colorado tick fever occurs in the mountain region of the western United States, not here in New England.
- Babesiosis: a rare parasitic disease that can be passed to humans by deer ticks.
Ticks are related to mites, spiders and scorpions, but are not considered an insect. Ticks have eight legs and insects have only six. Ticks develop in four stages: egg, larva, nymphs and adult. After mating on a host, female ticks drop to the ground then lay anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 eggs. The eggs then hatch into larvae which are also referred to as seed ticks. Larvae collect in large groups and wait for an animal to pass within reach. After feeding on the host, the larvae then drop to the ground again and shed their skins. The larvae have now turned into nymphs. A nymph follows the same process as the larvae in the way that it finds a host to feed on then, drops to the ground and sheds its skin. However, at this time, the nymph will become an adult. Adult ticks will then seek a host to feed and mate. Adult ticks will only mate while on a host animal. Male ticks will mate one or more times and then usually die, but some may live for months after mating. Female ticks die shortly after the process of laying eggs. Certain ticks can have a life cycle from two months or up to two years.
A1 Exterminators will create an outdoor tick treatment program to control ticks and protect you, your family members and pets from these harmful pests. We will treat your lawns and around the outside of your home to help repel and remove ticks. Our customized tick control treatment will help defend your family against ticks and keep you safe.