Hello, everyone, it’s Mike Stewart for the Faith Pest Control podcast and your pest host for pest podcast in North Georgia. That is Fred Talley here with Faith Pest Control . He is the guy who takes care of all the bug problems in Jasper, Ellijay, Georgia; Blue Ridge, Georgia; Bal
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Hello, everyone, it’s Mike Stewart for the Faith Pest Control podcast and your pest host for pest podcast in North Georgia. That is Fred Talley here with Faith Pest Control . He is the guy who takes care of all the bug problems in Jasper, Ellijay, Georgia; Blue Ridge, Georgia; Ball Ground, Georgia. You know if you live in those areas, we do this as community service because we want to make you aware of pest problems that exists for this local area in North Georgia and the pest expert to solve those problems is here now, Mr. Fred Talley Hey, Fred, are you there?
Hey, Mikey, I’m right here.
Well, today we’re going to talk about ticks. You know, I know – they’re everywhere. I know they’re on your pets. Tell us about the problem of ticks. The problems they cause and what you guys recommend to get rid of the tick problem in North Georgia.
Mike, all ticks feed exclusively on the blood of vertebrates. They can’t fly, run or hop; they don’t move fast. Mud ticks have to climb up on some surface or object, such as grass, shrubs, weeds. They’ll climb up on fences on the side of your house, and they just kind of hang out to wait for a suitable host to pass by them. Because of that fact, they’re normally located close to the ground, like between ankle and knee highs. When ticks detect that there is a suitable host coming by either via vibration, chemical, clothes, such as odors, or exhale carbon dioxide, they will kind of extend their front legs and that gives them the increased ability to be able to grab on to their host as they’re passing by. Generally speaking, that’s going to be a dog. Interestingly enough ticks are also capable of detecting shadows cast by passing house that it was interesting to me anyway. Most ticks will spend the majority of their life on or near the ground waiting for a suitable host. So they’re hanging out much more often and with much more time than they are attached to a host. Some ticks will feed on blood from a range of animals, with just a few species feeding on only one kind of host. You will notice in some species, the immature stages will kind of feed on the different hosts than they will as as an adult.
The bigger danger though is certain ticks are carriers of diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, typhus. The public in general needs to consider any tick they encounter to be carriers or vectors of disease, causing organisms to humans and pets. Another health threat posed by certain tics affecting humans and other animals is called tick paralysis. This happens when the tick is feeding in the host is afflicted with a paralytic condition that actually develops gradually but could result in death. However, the symptoms disappear relatively quickly once the tick has been removed. You know, one of the most widely distributed ticks in the world and the one that we as Pest Control operators and we as pet owners are generally more worried about it’s called the brown dog tick. And the brown dog tick has recently been identified as a possible reservoir for the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The most common host for the brown dog tick interestingly enough, is the domestic dog and is pretty much in the United States. That is the host is the is the domestic dog. Brown dog ticks can be found indoors but they’re primarily found outdoors in the southern United States, most any time of year. And but up north in the northern United States is just dirt during the warm months.
When the feeding ticks, become you know when they attach to their hosts and then they become fully engorged with blood. They’ll drop from their heart host and seek you know some type of shelter in the immediate area. Females will begin laying eggs after about three days. Once she drops off the host, and she may, she can lay as many as 5000 eggs. The eggs usually hatch in about three weeks. Although it can take just due to, or based on environmental conditions, it can take up to 18 months for the for the babies to I guess, to hatch, after hatching, the larva can wait. They don’t have to have an immediate blood meal, they can wait up to eight months to find a host. Remember earlier I said that the majority of their life is spent hanging around waiting for a host to come by. You know, that’s a clue there. And adults can live up to 18 months without feeding. So they can go 18 months between feedings. Now a home, you know our homes if left if if you find ticks inside your home and elect to not do anything about it. You can imagine if a female is inside your home, attaches to your pet your dog. And then after becoming gorged, you know falls off the host and lays those 5000 eggs a home can become heavily infested f