Pest Identification: Ticks in Tennessee

There are about 900 different types of tick species around the world, and some of them reside in Tennessee. The most common types of ticks in Tennessee are:

Ticks can be extremely dangerous and are infamously known to spread 15 infections and viruses to humans and pets including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, Heartland, and more. Some ticks can even carry up to three diseases at a time! Ticks actually prefer animals and rodents, but when they do bite humans, they attach to the skin with a cement-like substance. It can be scary to discover you’ve become the tick’s host, but there’s no reason to worry. Our technicians at U.S. Pest Protection are trained to identify and get rid of ticks in and around your home.

How to Identify Ticks

Because of similar features, ticks can sometimes be mistaken for bed bugs, spiders, or even roaches. Although it can be challenging, you can identify ticks by:

  • Size: Ticks are typically between 1/16 and 1/4 inches long
  • Color: Ticks come in many different shades of brown varying from tan to dark reddish-brown
  • Legs: Ticks have between six and eight legs

If you need assistance with identifying ticks, contact us, and one of our pest professionals will be glad to help. 

Where to Find Ticks

When outdoors, you can find ticks in high grass, woodpiles, and logs. Indoors, they usually seek shelter in cracks and crevices within your home (dog ticks can be found on your pets’ bed). Unfortunately, many times the first sight of ticks is on your skin, clothes, or hair. When this happens, don’t panic. The U.S. Pest tick treatment is also the only tick treatment in the industry created strategically to kill ticks and keep them at bay. 

Protect Yourself and Your Furry Friends from Ticks

A tick infestation can be potentially dangerous for you and your family. Fortunately, if a tick is removed in the first 24 hours of a sighting, the chances of disease transmission are low. If you’ve spotted a tick in your home, contact U.S. Pest Protection, and we’ll be there to help. Not sure if they’re ticks? Schedule your free pest inspection today!

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