Despite what most people might believe about the pests, ticks are counted as arachnids rather than insects. As a result, ticks can be distinguished using their possession of eight legs rather than six. Other than this, the single most noticeable trait about ticks is their habit of feeding upon the blood of birds, mammals, and reptiles, something that has resulted in their classification as ectoparasites.
It is important to remember that ticks encompass an entire order of animals that include three separate families, meaning that there is quite a bit of variation between tick species. Most ticks are small, starting out at around 3 mm in length but swelling up to more than 1 cm in length once engorged on blood. Although most ticks are colored a mixture of red and brown, there are exceptions to this rule. Furthermore, most ticks possess either hard shells or soft exteriors that almost resembles leather.
For the most part, ticks can be found infesting a range of habitats, though most species share preferences for hot, humid conditions. Moisture is essential because ticks need it to hatch, to undergo metamorphosis, and to be able to perform other important functions. Other than this, ticks possess a most irritating hardiness, to the point that most specimens can survive for months without needing to feed. To sum up,
ticks can be found in almost all locations so long as there are enough animals to serve as hosts and sufficient moisture in their surroundings. Under the right circumstances, tick populations can explode in a short period of time. A single adult female can produce multiple thousands of eggs kept concealed in small and inaccessible spaces. Larvae that hatch from these eggs possess six legs and can keep going for months without feeding. However, larvae must feed prior to undergoing metamorphosis. Once a larva has gorged on blood, it drops to the ground to undergo molting so it can expand into its final adult size. Bear in mind that some species undergo more stages of development, requiring feeding prior to entering each stage. Ticks are serious problems because ticks can pass on a host of diseases. Eliminating their presence in a home is about prevention as much as elimination. Ensure that potential entrances are eliminated. Close openings, seal up gaps in the house, and then make sure that there is nothing surrounding the house that can be used to gain entrance through an unexpected vector. Although homeowners can attempt to combat the problem using pesticides, it is best to find skilled and experienced pest control contractors practiced in the matter. This is important because such contractors can find the most common infestation sites and be much more thorough in their pest control efforts.
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