Blacklegged Deer Tick
These reddish ticks have what appears to be a black shield on their back. Like all ticks, they have eight legs and two body parts, making them an arachnid – in the same general family as spiders. Mites and scorpions are also arachnids.
The blacklegged deer tick is one of the ticks that spread Lyme disease. Since tick season is in progress in Texas, it is essential to avoid interaction with all ticks.
Is Lyme Disease Common in Texas
Lyme disease is not overly common in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services says 50-275 people report Lyme disease diagnosis each year. That is enough new diagnosis to be very wary of ticks around your home or when you are outdoors.
Where Do You Encounter Ticks?
In the spring, you encounter small ticks in brush and tall grass. Ticks use tall plants to find hosts such as deer, dogs, and humans. In the Fall, you can also find ticks in leaf litter.
What Can You Do To Control Tick Populations?
There is not too much that you can do to eradicate ticks from your yard. They migrate on other creatures such as deer and smaller wildlife such as raccoons. An interesting fact is that possums eat ticks and are one of the main predators of these tiny arachnids.
Because ticks use taller plants, be sure to prune shrubs and smaller trees at the appropriate time of year. Keep yards neat and free of fallen debris. Removing the cover helps keep ticks out of your yard.
You can also use a pest control company to treat tick infestation around your yard.
For more information about controlling ticks, give our professionals a call. We provide one-time emergy services and ongoing monthly services that are affordable, efficient, and safe.