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4 Things To Know About Tick Control & Spraying

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Answers to Questions About Tick Control

Imagine you’re hosting a great summer party in your backyard. The next day, you get a call that someone found a tick on his or her skin. But what type is it? Somerset County is a battleground for ticks, and nearby Hunterdon County was home to a new type of tick to the United States: The longhorned tick. With this in mind, now is a great time to consider tick control and spraying. Here are a few things you should know.

1) The Chemicals Used Are Not Toxic For Humans

Typically, we use Bifenthrin in our tick control process. Bifenthrin interacts with the nervous system in ticks when they touch or eat it. While it is toxic for insects when they touch or eat it, it is not toxic to humans. This is because ticks have much lower body temperatures and immune systems. For those of you with pets, Bifenthrin is safe after it has dried. It’s best that your cats or dogs are inside while treatment is occurring.

2) Ticks Like Plenty of Other Surfaces Besides Trees

Not every species of tick likes the woods. They also like to live in overgrown shrubs, leaf litter, sheds, bird feeders, stonewalls and wood piles. If you have any of the following in your backyard, it might be a good idea to check yourself each time you enter the house. Here are the most common tick breeds in New Jersey, info on bites, & where they tend to be found surrounding your property:


  Blacklegged (Deer) Tick Longhorned Tick American Dog Tick Brown Dog Tick
  b2ap3_thumbnail_blacklegged_male.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_long.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_dog_male.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_browndog_male.jpg
  b2ap3_thumbnail_blacklegged_female.jpg   b2ap3_thumbnail_dog_female.jpg b2ap3_thumbnail_browndog_female.jpg
Do They Bite? No: Male
Yes: Female
Yes Yes No: Humans
Yes: Pets
Disease Carried Lyme's Disease Anemia in animals Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Common Habitats
  • Wooded areas with field mice and large deer
  • Brush
  • Thick Grass
  • Wooods with high humidity and low sun exposure
  • Livestock (Cattle, Sheep)
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • FieldsGrassy Areas
  • Small animals and large sized mammals
  • Dogs


3) Ticks Are Most Active in the Summer, But Can Thrive Afterward

Most tick control appointments are handled in the summer, because ticks thrive the most while the temperature is high. If the weather is particularly humid during the spring then a tick outbreak can occur very early in the summer, since the newly born ticks will be able to survive longer. As a result, if you are planning to have a spraying treatment done in your yard it is important that you try to get it done in late May or early June so you can keep the tick population from getting out of control.

Keep in mind, however, that there are a number of ticks that can thrive outside the summer months. For example, the deer tick can stick around so long as the temperature stays above freezing, even during the winter. The weather might get colder after the summer ends, but that does not mean the ticks will be gone for good.

4) If a Tick Bites You, You Might Not Notice


One of the reasons why it is important to deal with ticks as soon as possible is because tick bites are actually hard to notice. Typically, tick bites are actually rather painless, because a tick’s saliva has chemicals that only numb the skin. As a result, if a smaller tick bites you there is a good chance you might not know it even happened, unless a mark appears afterward.

Since many ticks carry dangerous diseases, things can get very problematic if one bites you without your knowledge. Whenever you go outside it is usually a good idea to check over your body to make sure that there are no ticks latched onto your skin. Ticks can be very dangerous, which is why you should do what you can to get rid of them before an outbreak occurs.

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