Common ticks in California and how to get rid of ticks

Common Ticks Found in California & How to Get Rid of Them

The most common tick in San Joaquin County is the American dog tick and the Pacific Coast tick.These ticks are most abundant from November to April.

They want to drink your and your pet’s blood. These ticks are well known to be vectors of Lyme Disease and other illnesses. Bottom line: They need to be eliminated from your pets and your home and business.

At Valley Pest Solutions in California, our expert pest control technicians are often asked about ways to ward off ticks.

Let’s look at the most common types of ticks found in California so you can identify the type of ticks on your property and get rid of them in the most effective way.

Most Common Types of Ticks Found in California

Here are 3 of the most common types of ticks found in California.

American Dog Tick

Just like their namesake, these pests love to feed on your dog as well as people. The female ticks will be doing most of the biting. They carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme Disease and Tularemia.

Brown Dog Tick

Found normally on dogs, they are capable of biting humans but rarely do. They like to stay indoors, preferring homes and kennels.

They spread diseases such as canine ehrlichiosis, which often leads to respiratory illness, bleeding disorders and weight loss. Also, they transmit babesiosis, an infection that attacks red blood cells.

Western Blacklegged Tick

Also known as deer ticks, these are considered dangerous to both humans and home pets. They carry the dreaded Lyme disease. It causes fever, rashes, arthritis and facial paralysis, among other ailments and if left untreated can have severe long term complications.

How To Prevent Tick Infestations

Here are three tips to prevent tick infestations on your property.

Trim Your Lawn

Ticks love tall grass and leaf cover. Whether at your home or business, keep your lawn mowed and be sure to remove any leaves from around the yard.

Keep any areas close to trails trimmed and clean.

Keep Your Pets Clean and Inspected

Keeping your pet clean is key to tick removal. Be sure to use a fleas & tick repellant on your pet at all times(consult with your veterinarian for what is best for your pet). Perform frequent pet inspections for signs of ticks.

If you have young children who play outside regularly, check them as well as yourself for ticks, especially if you live in a wooded area or love to walk through the many beautiful California trails.

Hire a Pest Control Company

Ticks can easily overwhelm a home or business if left untreated. Lyme disease and other nasty tick-transmitted diseases can’t be ignored. This is why contacting Valley Pest Solutions is critical when you’re faced with a tick infestation.

We have the proper tools and methods to rid you of ticks. Plus, our Integrated Pest Management will give you peace of mind.

How Valley Pest Solutions Can Help

As a pest control company like Valley Pest Solutions that has over 70 years of experience, we have the skill and knowledge to get rid of pest problems that invade your home and business. Contact Valley Pest Solutions today for a free consultation.