Ticks in Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee

They may be small, but ticks are a big concern if you’ve been unlucky enough to be bitten by one. They carry nasty diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Alpha-gal syndrome, that can cause lifelong complications. Because of their size, they can be difficult to spot, especially if there is one feasting on your pet, but finding and removing them early is crucial to avoiding tick-borne diseases. If your property backs up to a heavily wooded area, there’s a good chance that ticks are lurking around your home.

Luckily, the pest control experts at Frontline Pest Control are here to help you find where ticks are thriving and apply treatment around your home to keep your family and your pets safe from these dastardly bloodsuckers. Learn more about the dangers of ticks below or contact us online to get your free quote for a tick treatment today!

Types of Ticks In and Around Maryland and Virginia

There are several tick species all over the world, but throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee, there are four main varieties you are likely to encounter.

American Dog Ticks

The American dog tick, also called the wood tick, is typically light brown with white to whitish-gray markings on them. Their name suggests that their primary hosts tend to be dogs, but these fiendish pests aren’t picky. They will latch on to a human if the opportunity presents itself. These ticks are known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

Brown Dog Ticks

Brown dog ticks, similar to the American dog tick, typically choose your canine (or feline) companion as their host, but they won’t hesitate to feed on you too. These ticks are typically reddish-brown with no visible markings. These ticks carry a disease called tularemia that can infect you and your pet.

Lone Star Ticks

Lone Star ticks perhaps have the most distinct appearance among all the ticks you’ll commonly find throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee. Before feeding they are reddish brown with a single white or silver spot on their backs. After feeding, their bodies become slate gray. The disease Lone Star ticks carry is fairly unique as it causes the infected person to develop an allergy to red meat.

Deer Ticks

Sometimes called the black-legged tick, the deer tick is perhaps one of the most common ticks found throughout the country and is the carrier of the most common tick-borne disease—Lyme disease. These ticks are characterized by their black legs, black shield, and bark-brown body, which will become darker after feeding.

What Attracts Ticks to My Maryland and Virginia Home?

The most important reason ticks need to find a host is higher ground, which is why you’re more likely to be bitten by a tick after walking through the woods or an unkept field or yard. If your property backs up to a heavily wooded area or you don’t mow your lawn often, you’re much more likely to track ticks into your home.

Signs of a Tick Infestation

Unlike cockroaches or ants, ticks have no need to come into your home in search of a host—they can live without a host for up to a year, after all. It’s more likely that you, your pet, or someone in your family will be bitten and bring them into the house that way. If you’re often removing ticks from yourself or your family after spending time in your yard, your property is likely an ideal playground for these bloodsuckers.

Are Ticks Dangerous?

Seeing a tick doesn’t put you in immediate danger, but finding a tick on you or a family member can spell trouble because of the number of diseases they carry. Among the most common tick-borne diseases is Lyme disease. According to the CDC, they receive approximately 30,000 reporting cases of Lyme disease, but it is estimated that about 476,000 get Lyme disease every year. 

Other tick-borne illnesses include:

  • Alpha-gal syndrome. This disease is primarily transmitted by the Lone Star tick. The infected person develops an allergy to red meat after being bitten by a Lone Star tick.
  • Tularemia. A zoonotic disease that can affect dogs and humans but cannot be spread from person to person.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A disease typically transmitted by the American dog tick. 

If you or a member of your family finds a tick on them, carefully remove it and tape the tick to a notecard with information about where on the body the tick was found and when it was removed. This will allow you to properly monitor symptoms and even get the tick tested for these tick-borne diseases. 

Keep Ticks Away From Your Maryland and Virginia Home

Ticks don’t have much interest in coming inside, but they will linger around your home if your property is really woody. You can prevent the number of ticks you and your family bring into the house by keeping your lawn cut and all branches trimmed back since ticks will climb to higher points in search of a host.

If you’re spending time hiking or in an area where ticks may be present, try to stay on the hiking tray if possible, and wear long socks, pants, and long-sleeved clothing. Lighter-color clothing will also allow you to better see if a tick is crawling on you. Lastly, using a DEET bug spray will help keep ticks away as well.

Schedule Tick Control Services With Frontline Pest Today

Because ticks aren’t interested in infiltrating your home, it’s easy to write them off as a pest of least concern, but if you find your family or your pets are bringing in ticks on a daily basis, it might be time to call in the pest control specialists at Frontline Pest. We’ll find where vampiric pests are hiding and treat the property to keep ticks from feasting on you or your family. If ticks are plaguing your Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, or Tennessee home, give us a call or request your free quote online today.