Understanding Common Tick Species

April 29, 2024 | Posted In: Tick Control

Lurking in the tall grass in your back yard or waiting on your favorite trails are a variety ticks. Found throughout Georgia and Tennessee, these tiny arachnids are not only nuisances but can also transmit diseases, making tick awareness and prevention crucial. This blog shares the species that common to the Southeast, as well as practical prevention tips.

Common Tick Species in Georgia

  1. American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis)

The American Dog Tick is prevalent throughout Georgia, especially in areas with little to no tree cover. Known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, they primarily target dogs but will not hesitate to feed on humans if the opportunity arises.

  1. Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis), Also Known as the Deer Tick

Famous for transmitting Lyme disease, the Blacklegged Tick inhabits wooded, bushy areas, making Georgia’s forested regions ideal for them. They have a two-year life cycle and are most active during the warmer months, posing risks to both humans and animals.

  1. Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum)

Easily recognized by the distinctive white spot on the female’s back, the Lone Star Tick is aggressive and known to transmit ehrlichiosis and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI). In some individuals, the Lone Star Tick can trigger a serious allergic reaction to meat and dairy. These ticks prefer shaded, wooded areas and can be active even during mild winters.

  1. Brown Dog Tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

The Brown Dog Tick differs from other species in that it can complete its entire life cycle indoors. While it primarily feeds on dogs, it can become a problem in homes and kennels, transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever among pets.

Prevention Tips:

  • Maintain Your Yard: Keep grass cut short and eliminate brush piles to reduce tick habitats.
  • Use Tick Repellents: When spending time outdoors, especially in wooded areas, apply tick repellents recommended by the CDC.
  • Perform Regular Tick Checks: After being outdoors, check yourself, your children, and pets for ticks.

How Bug Busters USA Can Help

At Bug Busters USA, we understand the risks ticks pose and the importance of effective tick management in and around your property. Our team uses environmentally responsible methods to eliminate tick habitats, reducing the chances of tick-borne diseases.

Services Include:

  • Yard Treatments: Targeted treatments in your yard can significantly reduce tick populations, focusing on brushy, wooded, or high-grass areas where ticks are most likely to reside.
  • Perimeter Protection: Creating a barrier around your home can deter ticks from entering, providing you peace of mind that your indoor environments are safe.
  • Expert Consultation: Our specialists can offer tailored advice on preventing tick bites and infestations, including guidance on pet protection.

Ticks in Georgia and Tennessee are a serious concern, but with awareness and professional support from Bug Busters USA, you can enjoy the outdoors with confidence. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help protect your family from tick-related health risks.