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Ticks are eight-legged parasites that feed off the blood of humans and animals. They live in humid climates with populations large enough to support their diets. They find their prey by laying in wait on plant stems or leaves of grass. Their hunting technique, called questing, entails standing with both front legs in the air. Once its victim walks by, the sensory organs on a tick's front legs pick up his or her scent.

It can take from 10 minutes to two hours for a tick to begin feeding on its host. If you don't spot the invader during that short window of time, you risk exposure to a number of diseases -- some very serious. While Lyme disease is the most widely reported tick-borne illness in the United States, these parasites also cause meningitis, encephalitis and other dangerous diseases.

There are precautions you can take when heading for the woods, such as wearing long sleeves and pants, and tucking in shirts and pant legs. However, your own yard can be a source for tick infestation. Installing a fence can help prevent deer, common tick carriers, from entering your yard. This doesn't guarantee that ticks will leave your family alone, however, especially since not all ticks are spread via deer.

Cutting away bushes and other greenery from pathways lessens the chance that ticks will attach themselves to household members. This advice can be difficult for avid gardeners and landscapers, though. Fortunately, Addison Pest Control can help. Our team of experienced professionals can provide the tick prevention you need to keep you and your family safe. Call us today at 866-928-9845 for a free quote.