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Lone Star Tick

Friday, 11. February 2011 11:34

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Lone Star Tick

Lone Star ticks get their name by the unique white dot on the center of the female lone star tick’s back. The male lone star tick have scattered spots around the margins of its body. The Lone Star tick is about 1/3 inches long before feeding and can grow up to ½ in. long after feeding has occurred.  They mostly feed warm blooded animals and are capable of transmitting several diseases. Keep Reading

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How to Get Rid of Ticks

Thursday, 14. January 2010 13:24

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HOW to GET RID of TICKS

There are many different types of ticks. However, we will talk about Brown Dog Tick, the American Dog Tick and Deer Tick. Ticks are small, reddish-brown in color and you can see the mouth from above. They are flat and shaped like a tear drop, when they get filled with blood then they will swell. All ticks are blood feeders and they can transmit many diseases. The American Dog Tick does not carry Lyme disease; however they do spread the Rocky Mountain spotted fever. More on How to Get Rid of Ticks

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Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Thursday, 14. January 2010 13:19

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Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Common Names: Rocky Mountain Wood tick
Formal Names: Dermacentor andersoni

Description:

Looks like American Dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis – DV), and Gulf Coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum – AM). Mouthparts are shorter than AM. It is a more robust, husky tick with a rounded thicker body than both DV and AM.

Repellents:

Permethrin clothing treatment kills ticks and deet-based skin repellent helps repel them.

Diseases:

Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, Tularemia, Colorado Tick Fever and major cause of Tick Paralysis.

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American Dog Tick

Thursday, 14. January 2010 13:00

Fat Tick after meal

American Dog Tick

Nick Names: Dog Tick, Wood Tick
Common Name: American Dog Tick
Formal Name: Dermacentor Variabilis

Description:

Looks like Rocky Mountain Wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni – DA), and Gulf Coast Tick (Amblyomma maculatum - AM). Mouthparts are shorter than AM.

Diseases:

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tuleremia and may carry Human Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis.

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Lyme Disease and Tick Management

Thursday, 14. January 2010 12:53

Lyme Disease and Tick Management

Fat Tick after meal

Lyme disease is transmitted directly through bites from ticks, and it is caused by bacteria that the tick is carrying. Out of all 50 states, Lyme disease has occurred in 47.

Some of the symptoms an infected person might experience include fever, headaches, joint and muscle pains, and other flu-like symptoms. Also, the bitten area will produce a red rash which will then expand into concentric circles outward which looks similar to a target or bulls-eye. However, with proper treatment through antibiotics, Lyme disease can be treated effectively. Though there are methods to treat Lyme disease, there is still no vaccine for the sickness. Humans are not the only ones who can be affected by Lyme disease. Dogs, cattle, and horses can also be infected by this sickness. In dogs, an owner might be able to decipher whether their dog has Lyme disease if it has a loss in appetite, is depressed, or lethargic. It is best to take preventative measures to ensure house pets are tick free, because if the dog does become ill with Lyme disease, the treatment can be long and quite expensive. Unlike humans, dogs are able to get a vaccine for Lyme disease. Two main ticks that are known to carry Lyme disease are the deer tick and the western black-legged tick. Another popular tick found mostly in Nebraska is the lone-star tick.

So what preventative measures can a person take in order to reduce the probability of being pestered by this pest?

  • A person should keep their grass nicely trimmed so that tick hosts are not able to remain there for a long period of time.
  • Always remember to stay out of tick-infested areas! If you are able to avoid it, it is ALWAYS a better idea to stay away from grassy pastures, prairies, and wooded areas because ticks are commonly found in those areas.
  • If it is unavoidable, and you are required to walk near or through a tick-infested area, make sure to wear appropriate clothing. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants that are tight near the cuffs, and light colored clothing are principal for those types of situations.
  • Another popular method is to wear insect repellant. Using a repellant that contains diethyl toluamide would be the ultimate repellant.

The removal of ticks can be difficult for some. When removing a tick, you want to use forceps or tweezers. Gently grip the tick at the point of attachment pulling upward and downward in a slow manner. DO NOT grip the tick on its body. When pushing down on the body of a tick, it can re-inject disease and blood into your body. Sometimes, the head will stay attached to your skin while the body falls off. After removing the head, or the entire tick, wash the infected area with warm water and soap or alcohol.

As far as the rest of the infestation is concerned, looking into residual insecticides are suggested for tick infestations.

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