Tiny Vampires Attacking NJ Residents

Monmouth County, NJ exterminators are on high alert this summer as reports of tiny little vampire (black legged ticks) have been on the rise this past spring and now into the summer months.

It is widely believed by entomologists from coast to coast that many pests, including ticks, will be out-of-control this summer due to the mild winter that was experienced throughout the east United States.

Unlike many species of insects, ticks are opportunistic feeders which are very patient for their next meal.  They do not live constantly on their host such as lice do.  Instead these bloodsuckers hitch a ride on any rodent, animal, or even a human that might happen to pass by. In New Jersey, there are four common tick species:

• The black-legged (deer) Tick

• The Lone Star Tick

• The Dog Star Tick

• The Brown dog Tick

The black-legged tick is of most concern for residents in the state of New Jersey.  Residents must take the threat of contracting Lyme disease from the black-legged tick seriously.  Since its discovery in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut, Lyme disease has been the most frequently reported tick-borne disease in the United States.

Immature ticks are more predominately found attached to humans and pets during the months of May, June, and July.  During these months, ticks are smaller than adults, so they are often not detected until they are fully engorged.  Ticks that are removed before they have been attached to a person or pet for 24 hours have a lesser chance of spreading any type of dangerous disease to their host.

You can protect your family and pets by hiring an experienced Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control for all of your pest control needs.