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How Do Ticks Travel?

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Living in the Northeast is especially nice during the summer, but there are some insects that insist on ruining our time in the outdoors. Mosquitoes, of course, are one of the first insects that come to mind as a major annoyance, but ticks should be considered an even more severe threat to your outdoor enjoyment. Out of sight, out of mind is a term we can throw around without much thought, but ticks are the true manifestation of this phrase. In fact, ticks rely on secrecy to survive in the wild, much to our misfortune. While adult ticks can reach the size of an apple seed, their younger counterparts, nymph ticks, usually don’t exceed the size of a poppy seed. Both adult and nymph ticks command concern, but nymph ticks tend to spread more disease than adults due to their small size and ability to remain undetected when attached to us. Defending against ticks is essential because ticks are also disease spreaders. Capable of transmitting dangerous diseases Lyme disease, ticks are a serious health threat in the Northeast.

Do ticks jump?

Since ticks are such a problem, you must wonder how they move around. A common myth about ticks is that they can jump vertically or out of trees. Let’s put those myths to bed because neither is true. Ticks are extremely adept at moving around in other ways. With tiny, hook-like legs, ticks will typically wait to latch onto a passing animal. These critters are indiscriminate in what they will try to feed on, so they will attempt to latch onto pets, birds, mammals, and even snakes and other reptiles. Birds and deer are extremely mobile and cover large distances, so these animals tend to be the common denominators for tick distribution. While a tick is mobile enough to crawl onto you from some distance away, hitchhiking is the main form of transport for ticks. So, how can you defend against them?

Professional tick control for powerful defense

At Mosquito Squad, we’ve worked since 2005 to ensure our customers are defended against ticks in every season. With the help of our tick barrier protection treatments and our highly trained technicians, we can guarantee a dramatic reduction in the tick population on your property. Once ticks feel at home on your property, you are at risk of being bitten and contracting a dangerous disease. Don’t put yourself in that position!

Ticks travel mainly by hitchhiking and don’t jump. For powerful tick control you can rely on, look no further than the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Bergen & Passaic County. Give us a call at (609) 735-6057.

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