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Why Ticks Love Lake Worth in Early Fall

September 27, 2018


Early fall means a return to the routines we often set aside for the summer. The kids head back to school. Sports activities begin again. Our calendars fill with obligations and appointments.

Other changes occur as well. The hot Lake Worth summer days remain hot, but we can start to feel a bit of relief from the intensity, or at least the relief of knowing that cooler days are coming.

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Ideally, this change in seasons would also signal the end of the pests that plague us all summer, but that’s not always the case.

When it comes to ticks in Lake Worth, they are as active as ever in early fall. The temperatures are still very comfortable for them, and the humidity allows them to thrive. Plus, because they go through several stages of development, early fall is actually the prime season for certain species in certain stages.

The ticks you’re likely to find in Lake Worth in early fall are the following:

  • Brown dog ticks are the most plentiful tick in Florida. You’re likely to find larvae and nymphs in early fall.
  • Black-legged ticks can be found in their adult stage in early fall.
  • American dog ticks have larvae and adults active in early fall.
  • Lone star ticks are active in their larval and nymph stages in early fall.
  • Gulf Coast ticks are active in the adult stage in early fall.

While some ticks are more dangerous than others, all of them present dangers of various kinds because all of them carry a host of serious diseases. These diseases are transmitted through tick bites, but ticks don’t bite the way mosquitoes do, attaching themselves for only a few seconds. A tick will embed itself into your skin, feed on your blood for over 24 hours, then drop off once it’s engorged.

You may think this would be easy to notice, but tick bites are typically not painful. Couple that with the fact that ticks are tiny and often embed themselves in areas where you wouldn’t readily see them, and it’s easy to see how they often go unnoticed.

The diseases they carry vary from species to species, but include:

  • Brown dog ticks can transmit Ehrlichiosis, STARI, anaplasmosis, and several canine-related diseases.
  • Black-legged ticks carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.
  • American dog ticks transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.
  • Lone star ticks carry ehrlichiosis, rickettsiosis, tularemia, and theileriosis. There is also evidence that they can cause an allergy to meat.
  • Gulf Coast ticks carry Rickettsia parkeri.

These diseases cause a range of symptoms, beginning with flu-like symptoms, then progressing, if not treated, to more chronic conditions.

Ticks live in tall grasses, leaf and brush piles, and wooded areas, but they can end up anywhere that animals or humans have been. If you suspect that you have ticks around your property, there are measures you can take to reduce their population.

Nozzle Nolen offers effective and safe tick treatments in two forms. Pest management in your yard will directly reduce tick populations and pest management protocols that we use on the walls and foundation of your home prevent tick-carrying wildlife from entering your home. Our ongoing pest control plans also help prevent ticks year-round. Call the people with the expertise to treat your tick problem safely and effectively. Nozzle Nolen is here to help!




 

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