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Arkansas Pest Control Pro Discusses Blacklegged Ticks

Posted on Sep 13, 2013

Did you know that there are more than 800 different species of ticks in the world? As Arkansas pest control pros, we can say that with certainty. The species of ticks commonly found in our great state are the American dog, lone star, blacklegged, Gulf Coast and brown dog. Today, we thought that we’d share some facts about the Blacklegged tick.

They are extremely tiny, more so than other species of ticks. “How tiny?”, you might ask. Well, depending on where they are in their life cycle, they could resemble a human freckle or a poppy seed. That’s why they are often able to crawl onto your body and feed unnoticed.


Speaking of feeding, they tend to only do it three times in their life cycle. However, each feeding typically lasts a minimum of three days. If they do decide to make a meal of you, there is a chance that you could develop anaplasmosis. It’s a disease that can be quite challenging to treat.


Their feeding habits and disease carrying capabilities are not they only things worth mentioning about Arkansas’ blacklegged ticks. They are also very prolific at creating offspring. For example, it is not unusual for each sesame seed size female to produce 3,000 babies in her lifetime.


As such, it should come as no surprise that within the last few years we’ve seen an uptick in the number of blacklegged tick bites. We should also mention that in Arkansas, the pesky acari tend to be most active when temperatures are greater than 35 degrees Fahrenheit. That means that you typically need to really be on the lookout for them from late spring until at least early fall.


With that said, if you feel that you have a blacklegged tick infestation, pleasecontact us. We here at Extermco Pest Control have experience dealing with all of Arkansas’ known tick populations. In addition, we can help you get rid of other pests too. To learn more or schedule a visit with our pest control pros, call us t at 479-783-1822.

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