Let’s face it; there’s nothing fun about tick control in Massachusetts. However, there are fun ways to teach the little ones about ticks and the importance of protecting yourself against these creatures. In this article, we’re presenting you with facts about ticks that are sure to stick with your little ones.
Vampires are real (sort of)
When we think of Dracula, we know there’s one thing he needs to survive; blood. The tick species is no different. Without blood, ticks will die. Whether human or animals, ticks rely on the proteins in our blood for survival. However, unlike a vampire that inflicts pain upon biting, the tick injects a type of nerve poison. This poison prevents the host from feeling the bite of the tick.
Ticks aren’t insects
Even though many of us think of ticks as an insect, they’re not! In a class known as Arachnida, ticks are more related to the spider and scorpion than they are to any other insect. Their multiple legs and lack of antennae are two of the most common features determining this classification.
These little buggers live for a long time
Depending on the type tick, a species can live up anywhere from 2 months to 2 years! Unlike humans, the need for food and water is not a necessity for their survival. In fact, ticks can live up to 200 days without food and water!
In a daredevil competition, ticks would win
Unlike other species that fly and jump onto their prey, ticks hunt. Found in trees or tall grass, ticks have been known sometimes to follow their prey until the opportunity for attack arises. Patiently waiting for the perfect time, ticks then drop or crawl onto their host. Attaching themselves with their back legs while using their front legs to maneuver, ticks are kind of like monkeys swinging through the jungle.
There’s more danger than what you may think
While Lyme disease is the most common threat associated with a tick bite, other properties can make you sick too. Ticks can carry several disease-causing pathogens at the same time. From bacteria to viruses, nematodes to toxins, it only takes one bite to transmit it all.
Tick isn’t a one size fits all term
While the word “tick” fits a generalized group, it’s a broad term. In the United States alone, there are around 200 different species of ticks. In Massachusetts, the deer tick is the most common.
Prompt removal is imperative
If you’re bitten by a tick, safely removing it as soon as possible is crucial. Generally, it takes a tick 24 to 48 hours to begin transmitting disease, so the sooner you remove them the better.
At AllGreen Lawncare, we offer a variety of tick control programs in Massachusetts regions that work for your budget. Keep your family and pets safe this season by calling our team today for more information. To request your free estimate, follow the link or reach out to us at 781.762.7080.