Tick Pest Control in Phoenix, Arizona
Tick Activity in Arizona
There are hundreds of types of ticks found across the world, but only 25 of them can be found in Arizona. The three most common types of ticks found in Arizona are Brown dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and Western black-legged tick.
Common Ticks in AZ
Brown Dog Tick
Brown dog ticks are the most frequently reported. They are distinguished from other species of ticks by their reddish-brown color. Their most common prey are dogs, yet they’ve grown a liking for humans over the years. Most resilient of all ticks, brown dog ticks can go through their entire life cycle indoors and survive up to two years without a blood meal.
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
Like American dog ticks, Rocky Mountain wood ticks are bright reddish with tear-dropped-shaped bodies and a life cycle of up to 3 years. Wood ticks are also known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, anaplasmosis, Colorado tick fever, and tick paralysis.
Western Black-Legged Tick
The Western Black-legged Tick is a prominent source of Lyme disease throughout the Western United States. Adults remain active from about December to early summertime.
Are Ticks Harmful?
Not only do ticks suck blood from their host, but they can also transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever, or Lyme disease.
If bitten by a tick, the sooner you remove it, the better. Follow CDC guidelines for proper removal. Use tweezers and try to grab the tick as close to your skin as possible, then pull straight up. To avoid releasing fluids into the wound, try not to squeeze the tick’s body when pulling it out.
Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If mouthparts do break off and remain in the skin, tweezers are, again, a good tool for removal. If, however, you are unable to remove these mouthparts easily, leave the wound alone, and let it heal.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, and soap, and water.
How is Your Dog Picking Up Ticks?
Ticks reside in areas where there’s a lot of debris. They can be found underneath piles of leaves, long vegetation, and woodpiles. If your dog likes to play in areas with a large amount of debris, it can bring back ticks.
Dog parks are a big factor when it comes to tick bites in dogs. Visiting a dog park puts your pet at high risk of picking up ticks from other dogs. That’s why veterinarians recommend treating your dog for ticks before and after dog park visits.
Ways to Protect Your Dog From Ticks
- Keep your pets away from tall grass and areas with heavy debris.
- Avoid dog parks and other areas where there are known tick infestations.
- Utilize veterinarian-recommended tick treatment products for your pet.
- Regularly check your dog for ticks.
DIY Tick Repellant
Knowing that twenty-five species of tick reside in Arizona, it’s no wonder you’re looking to protect yourself and your family from a tick bite and all the dangers that come with it. You might already possess some common natural repellents that could be used alongside professional tick control services.
Some natural, over-the-counter concoctions for tick repellent include:
- Cedar Oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Neem Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Essential Oils (such as lemon, orange, lavender, peppermint, rose geranium, and cinnamon)
- Eating Garlic
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what kind of pest control service I need?
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Why do I still see bugs here and there when I have an exterminator service?
Insects have been roaming the earth for millions of years and therefore have a tremendous advantage on us humans. They have mastered the art of staying alive under harsh conditions, and are very adept at making sure their offspring do too. The pest control products that are available to professionals, like the Phoenix pest control exterminators at Insectek, have to balance the important task of eliminating as many pests as possible—while at the same time making sure they are safe for you, your family and of course your pets. Therefore, the exterminator team at Insectek Pest Solutions utilizes the best and safest products available, but in most cases cannot treat every single pest with one pass of the wand.
Are the products your exterminator uses safe for my family and pets?
The products on the market our exterminator technicians use in your home undergo rigorous research, development and testing first at the manufacturer level, then at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and finally, in many cases through the State Department of Agriculture. Even with this multiple layer system it is important to have an educated understanding of, and conservative respect for the pest control products that are applied in and around your home. In most cases, a person or pet should stay out the treated area until the pest control solution is dry. Our Phoenix pest control and exterminator team will provide you with a detailed service report that states the name of each product used, as well as where it was applied. If you ever have any questions about a specific product we used, please reach out to us so that labels and material data safety sheets can be provided.
What is considered a “green” pest control treatment?
A green or organic pest control treatment is any treatment that uses a naturally occurring, non-synthetically altered or enhanced pesticide. These products are usually botanical, and they have proven to be quite effective overall. However, they do sometimes lack the residual power of synthetic versions that have been created by scientists in laboratories.
What are the most dangerous pests in Arizona?
There are many dangerous pests in Arizona that not only cause painful bites and stings, but also that can pass on dangerous diseases. These pests include scorpions, black widows, brown recluse spider, ticks, fleas, assassin bugs and rodents. The Phoenix pest control exterminator team at Insectek is very knowledgeable and experienced where these pests, and many others indigenous to Arizona are concerned.
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Our team works to protect Arizonan homes and businesses from daily nuisances to the most destructive pests, including: