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Pest Control Review

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Appearance and Size Facts

  • American dog ticks are hard ticks that are brown to reddish-brown in color with silver to white coloration on the scutum (shield covering the top part of the back)
  • Adults exhibit sexual dimorphism - males are almost completely marked with a silver to white coloration, while females are mainly a brown to reddish-brown coloration with some white on the scutum
  • Males also have a scutum that covers nearly the entire top of the body, while females have a scutum that covers roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the body
  • Size: Adult females are roughly 1/5 inch in length when unfed, while adults males are slightly smaller, around 1/7 inch in length, when unfed

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Behavior & Habitat

Behavior & Habitat

Florida's temperate and humid conditions provide significantly increased insect and pest activity as compared to most areas of The US. The lack of a cold season allows pests to thrive and multiply all year long. Learn more about your pest here.

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Warning Signs of Infestation

Signs of Infestation

Pests provide a variety of warning signs that vary from species to species. Some may leave subtle clues while others may cause major structural damage resulting in thousands of dollars in repairs. Learn more to protect your home and family.

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How to Do It Yourself

Preventative Pest Tips

There are many things we can do to prevent pests from controlling our environment. Caulking cracks that pests can crawl through, maintaining sanitary conditions to deny pests a food source and eliminating any structure wood content with the earth are just a few.

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Preventaive Pest Tips

Preventative Pest Tips

Maintain grass at a short, but acceptable level, remove rodent and other pest harborages, and sealing cracks/crevices can reduce tick populations on the property. Removal of tall weeds and grasses will reduce humidity in these microclimates, making them undesirable for ticks, and will also reduce the height of areas to where larval ticks can begin questing. Wearing a repellent product on clothing and skin may help to prevent tick questing, and is considered the best prevention by the Centers for Disease Control. Wearing light colored clothing, inspecting clothing and shoes, inspecting pets, inspecting your body, and showering after being in tick-prone areas are all recommended for prevention. Using a prescription or over-the-counter acaricide for dogs or cats can also help to reduce tick populations. Before using an acaricide, consult a veterinarian before choosing a particular product. If bitten by a tick, the tick should be removed using forceps rather than your fingers, and should be removed slowly, using a straight, pulling motion. Be careful to remove all portion of the mouthparts, as they are covered in backward-facing spines to help keep the tick attached to the host. After removing the tick, wash the area thoroughly and keep a watchful eye for post-removal infections.

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