As part of the arachnid family, ticks usually have six or more legs and are no larger than a pinhead. Their coloring is mostly brown or black and they can fit through small cracks and crevices due to their small size, usually no bigger than ¼ inch long.
There are two main types of ticks: soft and hard. One main difference is their outer shell. A soft tick typically has a leathery covering while hard ticks have a hard shield. Another key distinction is their reproductive habits. Hard ticks lay their eggs in the spring on the ground outside and then almost immediately die. Soft ticks continue to lay eggs repeatedly while feeding on hosts until they die.
Unfortunately, these creepy crawly insects are extraordinarily fast breeders. In fact, female ticks can lay thousands of eggs at one time – up to 18,000 eggs in their lifetime. Once an egg has been laid, they enter the following life stages: larvae, nymph, and adult tick. Ticks survive on blood, both animal and human. They latch onto ‘hosts’ to feed and survive. Though tick life cycles are relatively short, they reproduce at alarming rates, which can make infestations seem very sudden. If you spot a tick, make sure to contact All Seasons Pest Control before it spreads into a larger and harder-to-control situation.
Ticks find their way into your home through pets who you’ve recently taken on a walk or let outside, through cracks in your home, or unclosed windows and doors. They are notorious spreaders of disease, so it is important to take care of a tick problem as soon as you find one. Some diseases they spread include Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Tularemia, and Tick Paralysis. These diseases carry extreme health risks and must be taken seriously. If you suspect you have picked up a tick-related disease, call your doctor and make an appointment or go to the ER if you have severe symptoms.