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Ticks & Mites

Ticks are small insects, with adults ranging between 1/8” to 5/8” long and nymphs even smaller. Mites are microscopic in size.

Ticks survive entirely on a diet of blood, seeking hosts in animals, birds, and humans. Ticks can transmit multiple diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, feeding on an infected host and then transmitting the diseases to the next host.

Mites feed on plants, animals, humans, and even other insects. Clover mites are plant eaters and will lay eggs in your home and attack houseplants or migrate outside to feed. Bird mites infest bird nests and will bite humans but will leave a human host if another bird is found. The dust mite may be the most common and known to stimulate allergies and hay fever. Mange and scabies are also caused by mites.

Entry: Ticks will crawl on bushes or other plants and wait for a host to brush past the plant. They will locate a quiet place to feed, burrowing their mouthparts into the skin. Once engorged, they will drop off.

Mites will burrow under the skin of a host or enter the respiratory system while the host is sleeping.

Do-it-yourself Effectiveness: Inspect clothing and skin after outdoor exposure and inspect pets and their bedding frequently. Wash bedding in warm water and keep your home clean and clear of dust collecting items. If allergies are persistent it may be necessary to remove carpets and drapery to reduce dust.

Clover Mite

Clover mites are tiny eight legged mites that feed on the sap of clover, grasses and other outdoor plants. They breed rapidly and in large numbers can be destructive to outdoor foliage.


Black-Legged Tick (a.k.a. Deer Tick)

The female Black-legged Tick has a red and brown body while the male is smaller and has a darker body. The Black-legged Tick lives for 2 to 3 years.


American Dog Tick

The American Dog Tick is prolific in wooded areas where pre-adults feed on small rodents and the adults use the forest animals as hosts. Adults climb up shrubbery and wait for a host to walk by.


Brown Dog Tick

The Brown Dog Tick is slightly longer than other tick species and is most commonly found on our pet dogs but will also feed on humans and other animals.


Bird Mite

Bird mites are tiny eight legged parasites that live primarily on birds and breed in their nests. They multiply quickly. Eggs hatch in 3 days and reach adult stage in 5 days.


Lone Star Tick

The Lone Star Tick is brown thrives in wooded areas, especially near water, where it can be aggressive in finding hosts such as deer and other mammals. The female has a white star on her back.


Soft Tick

Soft ticks are oval in shape and usually larger than hard ticks. They lack the hard shell on their bodies and from above you cannot see their mouthparts.