Lone Star Tick
Lone Star Tick Facts
The Lone Star Tick is common in the southern portion of the United States, but it has been found along the East Coast all the way up to Maine. The tick gets its name from sole white spot that decorates its back. Like other ticks, this one can transmit a variety of diseases that are harmful to both humans and animals.
Lone Star Tick Bites
Lone Star Ticks will often bite humans and can transmit several diseases. These may include: STARI: Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness. If you’ve contracted this illness, you'll develop an expanding rash as far as three inches from where you were bitten. This is followed by fever, muscle pain, and weakness. This is easily treated with antibiotics. The other is Ehrlichiosis: This disease harbors bacteria within cells, affecting both humans and animals. In humans, fever, muscle pain, and vomiting may occur. In your animals, they may experience fatigue, and abnormal bleeding.
While humans may exhibit a combination of severe symptoms, they are not usually fatal. Animals and small children, however, may be more susceptible to being affected by tick bites.
Lone Star Tick Infestation
These are three-host ticks, meaning they will attach to three separate animals over the course of their development. Young ticks will hiding out in sheltered areas, waiting to pounce on any mammals that happen to walk by. They they pierce the skin and suck the blood of this animal, they will fall off and look for another host. This happens three times, and with each host, the animal gets bigger, as does the amount of blood ingested.
You’ll find the Lone Star tick attached to a variety of different animals. Humans, dogs, cattle, and even occasionally birds can have these pesky guys attached to their bodies.
Lone Star Tick Identification
The lone star tick is similar in size to the american dog tick with a body that measures up to ½ an inch long after blood feeding. They are brown in color, with females having a white spot on her back, and males having several spots around the top of their bodies.
Lone Star Ticks In Your Yard & The House
The lone star tick is not picky when it comes to choosing host. They will infest deer, coyotes, smaller wildlife, cattle, pets and, of course, people. Wildlife and stray animals can bring ticks into your property, or the ticks may sneak in themselves if you live near an area with heavy vegetation. You and your pet may also pick up ticks during a walk and accidentally bring them into your home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lone Star Ticks
How do you remove lone star ticks?
The best way to remove ticks is with fine-tipped tweezers. Plucking them away from the skin with a fluid, even motion should effectively remove the entire body. Squeezing the tick will push infected material into the wound, so this is not recommended.
How do you prevent lone star ticks?
Don’t go into heavily wooded areas or places with a lot of wild vegetation. Ticks love to hide here because they are often warm and moist. If you do find yourself on a hike, tuck in your shirt, wear long sleeves and pants, as well as high socks. This will help you to keep ticks off your skin. When you return, do a thorough check of all your clothing to make sure ticks aren’t hiding anywhere. It doesn’t hurt to check your body, too, as ticks may attach without you even knowing.
Benefits of Professional Lone Star Tick Pest Removal
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address an lone star tick problem. Finding and treating the lone star ticks can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the lone star ticks infestation.