Ticks Sydney Pest Control
With Ticks in Sydney and around the world, ticks are blood sucking parasites which feed on the blood of humans and pets.
With over 800 species worldwide and with roughly 70 species here in Australia it is reported that this summer ticks in Sydney are on the rise and breeding rapidly.
Ticks have four pairs of legs, their head, body and thorax are fused together and is an orangey browny colour. Nymphs have only three pairs of legs.
With the male ticks they have a plate which covers their entire body and the female only has half a plate covering their body.
With the lifecycle of a tick there are four development stages it will go through, egg, larvae, nymph and adult.
In order for a female tick to survive she must have a host to feed on as this is fundamental in passing from stage to stage in their life and to produce eggs.
Tick eggs will only be laid in moist surroundings and with a single female she can produce over 3000 eggs which will hatch between 40 to 60 days.
Once the eggs have hatch they then become into larvae and will be referred to as seed ticks and is anywhere from 1 – 2 mm long. Once the larvae mature a little bit their skin will harden and will be able to start climbing onto things that will give them the opportunity to attach themselves to a native host which is an animal. (this is only for the larvae stage of life)
Larvae usually will feed anywhere from 4 to 6 days on their host after their feed they will then detach themselves from their host and will transform into a nymph.
Nymphs will spend time in a moist environment for up to 40 days before finding a new host to feed on.
Nymphs are roughly between 2 to 5 mm and will feed for up to 7 days on their new host until they detach themselves where they will moult for a final time before it becomes an adult.
Once the nymph has matured in to an adult tick they will usually be around 5 to 6 mm in length and will reattach themselves on to their host for a feed and once they have engorged for up to 20 days the tick will become globular and will reach up to 10mm in length.
There are two classifications of ticks which are soft ticks and hard ticks.
Soft ticks are from the family order of Argasidae are not that common and will rarely come in contacts with humans. They have a leathery winkled appearance.
Hard ticks are from the family order of Xodidae and are very common in attaching themselves to humans. They have short elongated mouth pieces with a row of teeth which points backwards, they have a hard-flat body.
What are signs of a tick bite?
If you have been bitten by a tick, symptoms usually start to appear within 3-7 days.
- Death may be caused by respiratory failure or heart failure.
- Loss of appetite.
- Pupils become dilated and look sick.
- Discharge from your eyes.
- Vomiting, grunting and wheezing can be present.
- Become paralysed.
How can you reduce the risk of ticks around your home in Sydney?
- Like possums bandicoots are a protective species and if you have bandicoots you will need to get someone who will be able to catch and release the bandicoot to an alternate location.
- Go around your home and do a total lawn care makeover, mow lawns regularly, prune trees, bushes and foliage.
- Scan you pets every few days to make sure that they haven’t picked up any ticks. (if you do find ticks on your pets please take them to the vet as sometimes when pulling them out you can break them off causing the poison to be still in your pet.
- Call a trusted pest control company in Sydney where they will blanket spray not only your lawn but hedges, garden beds, shrubs, bushy areas on your premises for ticks in Sydney.
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Ticks Sydney Pest Control