What do Lone Star Ticks look like?
Females are mainly brown/beige with a white spot. Males have scattered spots or streaks along the body. Adult lone star ticks are about 1/3 of an inch in length.
What are the signs of Lone Star Ticks?
As their name suggests, this type of tick is most common in Texas and other southeast states. Rarely are they found on Long Island or elsewhere in New York.
Lone Star ticks can’t fly or jump. They climb up grass or other vegetation to hitchhike/grab onto a passing host.
What Damage do Lone Star Ticks cause?
Lone Star ticks carry various diseases but will not cause damage to your home.
How do you prevent Lone Star Ticks?
If you’re traveling to Texas or other states in the southeast and plan on spending time outdoors, be sure to find out what ticks are present and how you can avoid them. To keep ticks off your person and away from your home, we recommend the following tick prevention tips:
When spending time outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
Check your clothing and body for ticks after spending time outside.
Talk to your vet about a tick treatment for your pet.
Check pets often for ticks.
Wash pet bedding and your bedding too if pets sleep with you.
Reduce conditions that attract rodents and wildlife (i.e. tick hosts).
Consider installing a fence if you often have wildlife on your property.
How do I get rid of Lone Star Ticks?
Be careful removing ticks from yourself, a family member, or a pet. We do not recommend removing them yourself, go to a doctor to remove them. We can help you prevent them from entering your property, call a professional.
Can Lone Star Ticks hurt me?
Lone star ticks are capable of transmitting human monocytic ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, and Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI). This tick also may cause a meat allergy.
What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives
If you’ve found a tick in your home or on your property, it’s likely not a Lone Star tick but rather a deer tick. Give us a call, we’d be happy to help you identify the species and recommend a treatment plan.