Tick Control

$65.00 per treatment*

*1/2 acre parcel of less

8 week treatment plan recommended - treatment every 21 days

Although ticks are commonly thought of as insects, they are actually arachnids like scorpions, spiders and mites. All members of this group have four pairs of legs as adults and have no antennae.Adult insects have three pairs of legs and one pair of antennae. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable time while feeding. Ticks take several days to complete feeding.

Ticks have four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph and adult. After the egg hatches, the tiny larva (sometimes called a “seed tick”) feeds on an appropriate host. The larva then develops (molts) into the larger nymph. The nymph feeds on a host and then molts into an even larger adult. Both male and female adults find and feed on a host, then the females lay eggs sometime after feeding.

Ticks wait for host animals from the tips of grasses and shrubs (not from trees). When brushed by a moving animal or person, they quickly let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. Ticks can only crawl; they cannot fly or jump. Ticks found on the scalp have usually crawled there from lower parts of the body. Some species of ticks will crawl several feet toward a host. Ticks can be active on winter days when the ground temperatures are about 45o Fahrenheit.

There are two groups of ticks, sometimes called the “hard” ticks and “soft” ticks. Hard ticks, like the common dog tick, have a hard shield just behind the mouthparts (sometimes incorrectly called the “head”); unfed hard ticks are shaped like a flat seed. Soft ticks do not have the hard shield and they are shaped like a large raisin. Soft ticks prefer to feed on birds or bats and are seldom encountered unless these animals are nesting or roosting in an occupied building.

Tick Facts:

  • Tick bites are red shaped 1-2" red circle .  The area surrounding the bite will be tender and itchy.

  • Ticks are most commonly known for carrying Lyme disease.  The most dangerous tick is the nymph due to its size it can feed for several days before it is noticed.

  • If Michigan more that 300 human cases of tick-borne lyme disease were reported in 2017.  Indicators of Lyme Disease include a bulls-eye pattern, flu-like symptoms, weakness in limbs, joint and muscle pain, fatigue and fever.  If experiencing any of the symptoms and have been in a tick infested area it is recommended to seek medical attention.   You can also contact your local health department with the live tick and they will send it in for testing to see if it carries lyme disease.