Tick Infestations On the Rise in Katy

We have been in pest control since 1979 and have had probably 8 tick calls during that time until 2011.  This year we have had 10 calls, so far.  It is my theory that the drought and the low humidity has brought unwanted vertebrates host, such as rodents, raccons, opossum, and feral hogs, to our properties to find food, water, and shelter.  All of these mammals will hide among plants and in garages which are the same places our pet dog go to get out of the heat.

The main tick we encounter in Katy is categories as a hard tick.  This would be the American Dog Tick, Brown Dog Tick, and the Lone Star Tick.  They prefer the blood of dogs but will feast on any mammal if the occasion arises to include people.  These ticks are considered three host feeders.  After emerging from an egg the larvae hitches on for his first blood meal and falls off.  the larvae molts into a 6 legged nymph and does the same feasting habit.  The nymph emerges as an eight legged adult tick.  The adults feed one last time, then mate.  The male will die and after the female has dropped off and laid her egg mass she too will die.  While digesting the blood meal the bug goes into hiding which make control difficult.

Understanding your pooches habits is imperative to succeed  with control.  Animal treatments are important and should be prescribed by a veterinarian.  The most important tool for tick control inside is a vacuum cleaner to  vacuum hard wood floors, baseboards, and furniture frame and cushions.  This tool will mechanically pick up the life cycle of these aracnids.  Finally insecticides and equipment used by professional pest control operators are more effective because of the velocity of the equipment to penetrate into plant canopies and crack and crevices.  Also the size of the particle of the insecticide makes the chemical more available for the tick to pick it up.

Regardless, the pest is an important adversary and elimination must be approached with the knowledge of the tick.

 

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