TICKS IN LAS VEGAS – THE MOST “UNWANTED” LIST PART 15
Ticks are the next pest on the Las Vegas UNWANTED LIST. Ticks like temperate climates – like Henderson, Boulder City, Summerlin, Boulder City and Mountain’s Edge.
Most people consider them insects, but ticks are actually closely related to spiders, scorpions and mites. Ticks are external parasites that need a blood meal to survive and reproduce. They feed on humans and other mammals, reptiles, birds and even frogs.
Ticks can transmit several diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick paralysis – but most tick bites do not result in illness.
The adult tick has eight legs, no antennae and no wings so they cannot fly. They also cannot jump leaving them to crawling as their only means of movement. They have a simple life cycle – eggs hatch into six-legged larvae (first stage) waiting for a host to feed on. The next stage for a tick is the nymph and at this point has eight legs – some ticks go through many nymph stages while others go through only one before they become adults and will either stay on the original host or find another one.
There are around 80 kinds of ticks in the United States - most of them are not associated with humans or pets. There are two types of ticks to be concerned about- the wood tick or the brown dog tick.
The name wood tick is used for many ticks including the deer tick, American dog tick and the lone star tick. They are usually found in wooded areas and crawl around and then finding a host. They can accidentally be brought into the home on pets or clothing. Wood ticks do not establish populations indoors.
The brown dog tick will infest a home making them a nuisance to humans. This type of tick prefers to feed on dogs but will occasionally feed on humans. They can be picked up at kennels, infested homes or veterinarian’s offices as well as outside. When an infestation occurs indoors the ticks can be found in cracks, crevices, behind baseboards and any other closed spaces near the floor.
If you have an infestation of ticks or any other pest near or in your home you may want to hire a professional pest control company.
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