While they are commonly mistaken to be insects, ticks are actually arachnids, similar to spiders, mites and scorpions. They have eight legs and do not have antennae. Because of their blood-sucking nature, ticks are considered as major pests. They feed on the host blood slowly without being noticed for long periods. They generally sit on shrubs and tall grasses, waiting for the host and when any person or animal brushes by, they quickly climb on. The greatest dangers that ticks cause is the spread of some deadly diseases like Lyme’s Disease. More than 15 species of ticks are known to occur in the country, out of which there are four that are commonly encountered- brown dog tick, black-legged tick, lone star tick and American dog tick. Ticks need to be removed promptly as the longer they remain embedded, the greater the chances of infection. Removal should not be done with bare hands as the tick secretions could pass on diseases. It is advisable to use tweezers to firmly grasp the ticks and pull them straight out, without any jerks or twists. For disposal, they should either be flushed down the toilet or placed in a container with alcohol or soapy water. Aerex offers suitable solutions to prevent and remove ticks based on expert knowledge of ticks. For a fast pest control estimate, call Aerex anytime at (847) 255 – 8888 or Click Here to complete an online Quick Quote form.