Keeping Pets Safe from Brown Dog Ticks
July 18, 2018
Brown dog ticks are a larger species of tick that feed primarily on canines. These ticks are found living throughout South Florida, they are brownish-red in color and before feeding are only about ⅛ of an inch in length and they have a flat, oval-shaped body. After feeding, their appearance changes quite drastically — their bodies fill with blood and swell to about ½ of an inch in length and they turn a bluish-gray color. The South Florida pest control professionals at Nozzle Nolen want to help you protect your canine family members and your home from being overtaken by these parasitic pests by offering some helpful information, prevention tips, and, of course, the most effective way to eliminate an infestation!
Helpful Brown Dog Tick Information
- Brown dog ticks thrive in warm climates which is why they are such a big problem for people and pets in South Florida, especially during the summer months.
- Brown dog ticks are the only species of tick that can complete its entire life cycle indoors; this allows their populations to boom inside of homes and other buildings and makes them very difficult to eliminate. Inside your home, these ticks will lay their eggs in the cracks of floors or underneath of furniture or rugs.
- Brown dog ticks can survive up to 1 ½ years without a blood meal, which is another reason why they are so difficult to eliminate and control.
- Brown dog ticks’ preferred hosts are dogs, hence their name; these ticks are especially problematic in dog kennels, boarding facilities, campgrounds, and other places where there are large populations of dogs.
- Brown dog ticks prefer to feed on the blood of dogs, but will also feed on other mammals, including people.
- Brown dog ticks do not transmit Lyme disease, but are known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever which they can transmit to people; they can also infect dogs with canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesiosis.
In order to avoid these pests invading your South Florida home and becoming a problem for your family or pets, we want to offer a few easy prevention tips. To deter brown dog ticks from invading your property, keep the grass on your property cut short and trim back any overgrown bushes, shrubbery, or other vegetation that ticks could hide in. It is also very important that your pets are continuously being treated with a tick preventative under the care of their veterinarian. Some other prevention steps that you can take to help prevent these pests from gaining access to your home include:
- Always check your pets for ticks before allowing them back inside after spending time outdoors.
- Seal any spaces in the exterior walls and foundation of your home that could allow brown dog ticks to squeeze their way into your home.
- Vacuum the floors in your home on a regular basis, especially in areas where your pets spend a lot of time; vacuum underneath of furniture and rugs regularly.
- Wash pet bedding regularly.
If you are experiencing problems with brown dog ticks on your South Florida property or inside of your home, contact the professionals at Nozzle Nolen immediately. Our ongoing pest management services can provide the treatments needed to reduce the tick populations living on your property and completely eliminate any ticks that are living inside of your home; implementing our pest management services will also help to ensure that re-infestation does not occur! To learn more about our residential pest control packages and how we can eliminate problems with brown dog ticks and other pests on your property or inside of your South Florida home, give us a call today!
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