Ticks are wingless, slow-crawling parasites that feed on human and animal blood. These pests are known as “hitchhikers” because they latch onto fur, clothing, or skin. Some tick species transmit diseases to humans. Most well-known among these illnesses is Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that can cause symptoms, such as fever, headache, and fatigue.
What kind of ticks live in Topeka, KS?
Ticks are usually flat and have an oval shape. Their size depends on the stage of life. Most ticks go through four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Immature tick larvae and nymphs can be as small as a grain of sand, while adults can be as large as a pencil eraser. Nymphs and adults have eight legs, whereas larvae only have six. The color of ticks varies by species. Some ticks are reddish-brown, black, greyish-white, or yellow.
Ticks like to live in wooded, grassy areas where they feed on animals, including deer, rabbits, birds, mice and domestic animals, especially dogs. If your property has features that retain moisture (i.e. stone walls), leaf piles, high grassy areas and overgrown shrubs, you’re more at risk of having an infestation. Ticks may also be attracted to your property if a stray animal such as an opossum or raccoon is near.
The most common ticks found in Topeka are:
More commonly known as deer ticks, adults are small and grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length. They are brownish-orange and have unique darker colored legs. Blacklegged ticks are commonly found in and around the perimeter of wooded areas.
American Dog Ticks
Adult American dog ticks are tannish-brown and have white or yellow markings on them. They grow to about 3/16th of an inch in length. Domestic dogs are their favorite host, but will feed on other species as well.
Lone Star Ticks
Reddish-brown and about 1/6 -1/4 of an inch in length, adult lone star ticks have an oval flattened body. They get their name from the single silver spot located on the female’s back. These ticks are often found hiding in shady wooded areas.
How can I prevent ticks in my yard?
Being familiar with tick habitats and behavior can help you limit exposure to ticks and protect you, your home and your pet from these potentially harmful pests.
Since ticks like to hide in high grassy areas, it’s best to either avoid these areas or cut the grass short to expose ticks to the sunlight and remove moisture. Because ticks can be extremely difficult to see, consider wearing light clothing when entering grassy and weedy areas. This helps to see ticks before they can reach the skin. To avoid ticks, you can also wear repellant when you visit potentially tick-infested areas. When you visit an area where ticks are common, wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. Then, check yourself before going indoors.
The best way to prevent ticks from breeding in your yard is with a professional tick control plan.
How can Schendel Pest Services prevent ticks in my yard?
We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3,500 square feet and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. We offer customers an exclusive PestZero Guarantee. We will target the source and eliminate your pest problem and if pests return, we will return to retreat your property at no additional cost. Guaranteed. Take back your home or office from ticks and call the professionals at Schendel Pest Services to keep your family and pets safe from ticks.