Ticks are small, hard to detect, but they can be extremely harmful to our health. In our most recent blog, we touched on some of the important things we felt you should know about ticks. While it can be difficult to identify what kind of ticks you may have been exposed to, we thought it still might be helpful to go over some of the most common types of ticks. There are several different species, but some tick species are more common than others, depending on the region and type of environment. According to TickEncounter.org, the following species are some of the most common.
Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star Tick)
Unlike the other tick species, Lone Star ticks are a well known nuisance. They are an aggressive species that often bite humans. They are most commonly found in woodland areas with dense undergrowth. They are also often found in animal nesting areas. These ticks carry and transmit bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, ‘Stari’ Borreliosis, as well as Monocytic Ehrlichiosis.
Dermacentor variabilis (American Dog Tick)
American Dog ticks feed on a variety of hosts. They are most often found in areas that have very little tree cover. They can be found in open, grassy fields or even on along hiking trails and walkways so, it is important to keep an eye out for these little guys if you think you have been exposed to them. These ticks typically transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, as well as Tularemia.
Ixodes scapularis (Deer Tick)
Deer ticks, otherwise known as blacklegged ticks, are predominantly found in deciduous forests. Their primary host is the white-tailed deer, hence their name. Their distribution across the U.S. has increased over the years with the increase in the white tail deer population. Their life cycle is about 2 years long. These ticks often carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Babesiosis.
If you are having problems with ticks, please do not hesitate to contact your local exterminator in Winston-Salem, NC. At Ray Pest Control, we are pest control experts and we know what it takes to keep your home pest free.