Tick & Mite Control & Treatment
Do you have a tick or mite problem? Contact us today to get treatment and rid your home of unwanted visitors!
What are Ticks & Mites?
Ticks are arachnids that feed on blood and are closely related to spiders. Ticks hunt by latching on to hosts as they walk through tick-infested habitats like grass or brush, for example. Once they cling to the host, they attach themselves to the body; if they are not removed they feed for hours or even days.
Mites, on the other hand, are smaller than ticks but feed off hosts in the same way. The difference is mites feed off dead skin rather than blood
How Do Ticks and Mites Get Inside?
If you find one or several ticks or mites in your home, they are probably entering your space from:
- Pets. Ticks can hitch rides on your four-legged pals. Check your dogs before letting them back inside.
- Pests. Blacklegged tick nymphs are known to get inside via rodents, which is why it’s important to get any infestation taken care of right away.
- People. After you come in from spending time in wooded areas, check yourself and your kids for ticks.
- Outdoor gear and items. After camping, hiking, and being outside, your belongings can accumulate ticks and mites. Check these items thoroughly before storing them in your house.
Why are Ticks and Mites a Problem?
Tick bites are often harmless, however, they can cause allergic reactions. Plus, ticks can pass diseases to humans and pets. Diseases that ticks carry include but are not limited to:
● Lyme Disease
In the US, it is uncommon for mites to transmit disease to humans. However, they are unpleasant in other ways. They can cause skin irritation and are a total nuisance when they get into your home in large numbers.
How Can Plunkett’s Solve My Tick and Mite Problem?
Plunkett’s will concentrate on the areas most likely to harbor ticks such as paths, trails, property lines, and fence rows. In heavily tick-infested areas, one of our pest management specialists will apply a residual pesticide. The best time to do so is in early spring so we can eliminate overwintering larvae and nymphs.
For both ticks and mites, Plunkett’s may also recommend eliminating any pest rodents in the area surrounding your home. We’ll accomplish this with the rodenticides and/or rodent traps.
To treat for clover mites, we will professionally apply residual insecticide spray around the perimeter of your home. We apply this spray in a band extending 2 feet up and 6-10 feet out from the structure’s foundation. It’s very important that we apply this treatment in late March or early April to maximize its effectiveness. In some cases, we may also apply indoor crack and crevice pesticides.
Tick & Mite Control With Plunkett's
At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you asap, usually within a day or two.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Ticks Active Year-Round?
The short answer: yes. Ticks remain a threat all year long. The blacklegged deer tick becomes especially active during the fall months due to its lifecycle. Learn more about how these pesky pests stay and alive and thrive in the cold!
What Do Wood Ticks Look Like?
Wood ticks have wide, oval-shaped, flat bodies. They are bright reddish-brown in color with grey or silver coloration on their bodies. They grow to about 3/16 of an inch long. Female wood ticks have a silver-colored spot behind their heads. If you notice an engorged wood tick, it’s probably female; they become bloated after feeding. However, males tend to be a little smaller than females and have silver or white lines on their backs and do not get larger after feeding. Larvae have six legs, whereas adults have eight. Read more about wood ticks!
How Do Ticks Find You?
For ticks, hunting is all about finding the right opportunities. They wander to a good hunting site and simply… wait. When prey finally passes near them, they climb aboard and cling on. How do ticks always seem to find the right place to “just wait” anyway? The answer to that is a little more complicated… and creepy. Learn more about how ticks find you!
How Do I Prevent a Black-Legged Tick Bite?
When planning an outdoor adventure, there are a few things you should do to protect yourself and your family: wear light-colored clothing—this will make it easier to spot a tick; wear long pants tucked into your socks and a lock-sleeved shirt; make sure you do a “tick check” once you get back indoors. Learn more about preventing bites from black-legged ticks!