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Deer Ticks

What do deer ticks look like?

deer tick in a home on long island

The deer tick has a flat, broad, oval shaped body and is an orange-brown color.  They are also commonly called blacklegged ticks because of their darker colored legs.  Deer ticks are a small species of ticks; adults only grow to be about 1/8th of an inch in length.  Females are larger than males, and both will increase in size after a blood meal.

Deer tick behaviors

Deer ticks are referred to as deer ticks because their preferred host is the white-tailed deer.  They will also feed on other warm-blooded mammals including: mice, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, livestock, dogs, cats, and people.  

Deer ticks cannot jump or fly so to attach themselves to a host they need to wait patiently for one to come by and brush up against them.  Once they find a host they will climb up them, find a suitable spot to attach themselves, and then they will feed for several days.  Once they have become engorged with their host’s blood, they will drop off onto the ground.

Deer ticks need to live in an environment that provides them with the humidity they need for survival.  Deer ticks can most often be found living in patches of dense tall grasses and vegetation, along wooded footpaths, and along fence lines.

Are deer ticks dangerous?

Yes, deer ticks are considered to be an extremely dangerous pest because they are responsible for carrying and transmitting several serious diseases including the potentially debilitating Lyme disease.  A person who was bitten by a deer tick and infected by Lyme disease will more than likely develop a bulls-eye rash in one or several spots on their body.  The first symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, aches and pain; basically flu-like symptoms.  If treatment is not sought, overtime the affected person’s heart and nervous system will be affected, their joints will swell, and cartilage and bone will start to erode.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/tables.html for statistics on Lyme disease in New York.

Can Suburban help with a deer tick problem?

At Suburban Exterminating, we understand the risks associated with deer ticks in New York including Long Island.  That's why we offer effective tick control that reduces the risk of ticks on your property.  Contact us today to learn more about our solution for getting rid of ticks.

Deer tick prevention tips

  • Keep grass trimmed short, especially along buildings and fence lines.
  • Deter wild animals from your property by not feeding birds, keeping trash secure in trash cans with tight-fitting lids until trash day, and reducing areas of moisture and water build-up.
  • Consult with your pet’s veterinarian about which type of tick preventative will work best for them.
  • Use a tick repellent when spending time outdoors; wear protective clothing like long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks, and boots.
 

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