SOURCE: Suncoast Pest Control

Suncoast Pest Control

April 19, 2011 13:23 ET

Florida Pest Control Experts, Suncoast Pest Control, Last Line of Defense Against Harmful Florida Ticks

As Winter Thaws, Florida Ticks Relish Warm Weather

ST. PETERSBURG, FL--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - As beach towels are gathered and sunscreen is readied, one must remember that humans are not the only species that enjoy the summer season. Warmer weather means Florida ticks are thriving due to a constant food supply and an ideal climate. Although species like the Brown Dog Tick and the American Dog Tick are somewhat common throughout the southeast, they have inundated the state of Florida.

With warmer weather, many homeowners shift their activities outdoors. Picnics and nature hikes become much more frequent during these months. However, these summer activities leave everyone, especially your pets, vulnerable to a tick takeover. Learn about the Florida tick in order protect yourself and loved ones.

Florida ticks are typically thought of as insects. This is not true. Ticks are arachnids and are more closely related to spiders. They have eight legs and feed off of warm-blooded creatures. Most species of Florida ticks infest domestic animals. A species of Florida tick commonly referred to as the "wood tick" often latches on to canines as they romp outside. However, all Florida ticks can prove to be troublesome, especially once they have entered your home. A female tick will lay up to 3,000 eggs after just one blood meal, and can survive almost two years without eating again.

Outdoor enthusiasts commonly encounter Florida dog ticks. These parasites have a strong preference for canines, but will feed on any warm-blooded animal, thus making home infestations widespread. Florida dog ticks can carry and transmit multiple pathogens including bacteria and viruses to both humans and canines. This can result in Lyme disease, paralysis or even death.

The key to preventing an infestation is to avoid wooded areas. If in a risky location, remember to properly cover yourself and dress in light colored clothing. Use insect repellent and regularly inspect yourself and pets. However, once Florida ticks have invaded your home, your last line of defense is to contact a Florida pest control company.

About Suncoast Pest Control

Suncoast Pest Control has been exterminating Florida ticks since 1993. This family owned and operated Florida pest control company utilizes both pet and family friendly solutions for Florida tick infestations. Contact them today at 855-SUN-BUGS (276-2474) or by visiting them on the Web at www.suncoastpestcontrol.com.

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