Ticks are one of the most common parasites in the world. They are also the carriers of a number of tick-borne diseases — including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Powassan, just to name a few…all of which can pose serious health risks for both people and pets. The best way to avoid health complications caused by ticks is to prevent them from biting in the first place.
In this guide, our team at TickZapper® will cover common tick habitats, regions that harbor specific tick species, and, how pet owners may avoid tick bites on their pets. We will also provide information on the TickZapper® — an excellent tick removal solution for quick, safe, and effective tick removal – in seconds! Read on to learn more, and to order the TickZapper® for your pet, today!
Common Tick Habitats
Did you know that ticks are now found in almost half of the counties in the Unites States, and every corner of the globe? Read more HERE.However, like most parasites, ticks prefer certain climates and habitats over others. Several factors contribute to the ideal tick habitat, including temperature, humidity, and accessibility to potential blood hosts, for feeding purposes. Generally speaking, ticks prefer climates that are warm and humid. To undergo metamorphosis, ticks require a certain amount of moisture in the air; low temperatures may inhibit their development from egg to larva.
As all ticks are ectoparasites (they live by feeding on the surface of its host). Their habitat is determined in part by its proximity to potential food sources. Tick species like the Blacklegged tick (also known as the ‘deer tick’) will position itself atop tall grass or dense foliage in order to grab onto larger animals (such as deer, dogs, or humans) that may happen to be passing through. Other tick species, such as American dog ticks cam also feed on smaller animals, and may be found in scrubland as well as grassy fields and densely wooded areas.
Regional Tick Dispersion in the United States by Species
While there are several climate zones and habitats that can harbor ticks, not all regions with these habitats feature the same native tick species. In the U.S. alone, there are several tick species found only in certain states and regions. These species differ in size, color, periods of activity, and most importantly, the tick-borne diseases they may carry. Below, you can find a short list of the most common ticks in the U.S., as well as information regarding the regions where they can be found, and the diseases they may carry and transmit.
- American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis): The American dog tick is found in states east of the Rocky Mountains, as well as select areas of California. This tick species transmits Tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis): The Blacklegged tick is found in northeastern and upper Midwestern states. Blacklegged ticks can carry and transmit Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis (Ehrlichia muris eauclairensis), babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan disease.
- Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus): The brown dog tick is found in all 50 states and worldwide. This tick species transmits Rock Mountain spotted fever.
- Gulf Coast tick (Amblyomma maculatum): As its name suggests, the Gulf Coast tick is found in coastal areas of the U.S. along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. It transmits Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, a form of spotted fever.
- Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum): The Lone star tick is found in eastern and southeastern states. Lone star ticks carry and transmit Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii, as well as Heartland virus, tularemia, and STARI.
- Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni): The Rocky Mountain wood tick is found in Rocky Mountain states and southwestern Canada in elevations ranging from 4,000 to 10,500 feet. This tick species transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, and tularemia.
- Western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus): The Western blacklegged tick is found along the Pacific coast of the U.S., particularly northern California. It transmits Anaplasmosis and Lyme disease.
When are Ticks Most Active?
As a general rule, most ticks are active during the warmer months of the year. Ticks thrive in relatively warm, humid climates. This means that spring, summer, and early fall months will harbor at least one actively-feeding tick species at any given time. In the larvae and nymph phases of their lives, most tick species will hibernate during the winter. However, by the time most ticks reach feeding maturity, they will no longer hibernate and may be active during warmer winter months. To learn more about the months when certain tick species are active, read HERE.
How to Avoid Ticks
Avoiding ticks can be tricky, but there are several steps you can take to reduce the chances that these tiny parasites bite your pets. One of the best things you can do is remove and control tick habitats as much as possible from your backyard. Cut tall grass, trim foliage, and use a mulch barrier (to prevent ticks from traveling into the yard). Read more HERE. These suggestions will help you to keep tick populations to a minimum on your property. If you travel with your pets, try to steer clear of thick grass and densely-wooded areas. Opt to say on trails whenever possible, and keep your dog on a leash in foreign areas.
Quick, Easy & Safe Tick Removal – With TickZapper®
By following preventative measures, you can greatly reduce the chances that your pet is bitten by a tick. However, tick exposure is never 100% avoidable. For this reason, it is always important to perform a thorough tick check after any outdoor activities with your pet. Carefully run your hands across the length of your pet’s body, feeling for small bumps on the skin. If any irregularities are found, part your pet’s fur at the target locations to determine whether the issue is, indeed, a tick.
If you determine that your pet has been bitten by a tick, remove the tick as quickly as possible. Studies show that proper tick removal within 24–36 hours of attachment can greatly reduce an animal’s chances of contracting a tick-borne disease. Improper tick removal can cause fluids to spread, potentially increasing the chances of tick-borne disease transmission. Tick removal must be quick and safe – for both pet and human. If you are looking for a tick removal solution that removes the risk of human contact, while also fully capturing and containing the tick, TickZapper® is the right choice for you.
Self-energizing TickZapper® is the only tick removal tool on the market that removes the entire tick (including mouthparts!) — quickly, easily, and safely – without the risk of human contact. TickZapper® gently stuns and removes the entire tick, prompting it to release. The user may then decide to send the tick away for analysis, dispose of the tick, or simply relocate the tick. Order this revolutionary tick removal device here today!