Ticks are not insects but are more closely related to mites and spiders. Ticks may be further classified into hard ticks (Ixodids) and soft ticks (Argasids). Both types are oval and flat but differ by the position of the mouth. All adults and nymphs have 8 legs while the larvae on first growth stage have 6 legs. In New Jersey only hard ticks commonly become a nuisance or health problem.
Common Tick Species in New Jersey
- Black Legged (Deer) Tick – Primary Lyme Disease Carrier
- Lone Star Tick – Secondary Lyme Disease Carrier
- American Dog Tick – Not a Lyme Disease Carrier
Carrier of the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Brown Dog Tick – The only tick that produces indoors
Tick Borne Infections/Diseases
(The 2 most common in our area)
- Lyme Disease – Is transmitted by the Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick) also known as ixodes scapulanis in the North Eastern U.S.
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) – Is transmitted by the American Dog Tick (Dermacentor Variabilis)
Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other tick borne infections. There are several approaches you and your family can use to prevent and control lyme disease.
Preventing Ticks in the yard
- Our Perimeter treatment out doors to control ticks, which is known as our
Exterior Power Spray.
- Our Exterior Perimeter treatment to control Ticks.
Starts by Power Spraying the exterior perimeter of your home, foundation, shrubs, soil, mulch, lawn, tree line, trails, around dog kennels, tall grass, weeded areas ect. The application focuses on control of Nymphal Stage most likely to transmit lyme disease, starting in May or early June. A second application in August or September and as late as October can be done for the control of adult Blacklegged (Deer Ticks), consistent and timely applications.
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Ticks can feed on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks prefer to have a different host animal at each stage of their life, as shown below:
Create a Tick-Safe Zone
Here are some simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce tick population:
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a three foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrick tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Keep play ground equipment , decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
Preventing Ticks on your pets
Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it’s important to use a tick preventive product on your dog.
Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect. Signs of tickborne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after a tick bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite if you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a tick.
To reduce the chances that a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets:
- Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
- If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
- Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam.
- Talk to your veterinarian about tickborne diseases in your area.
- Reduce tick habitat in your yard.
- Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventives on your pet.