Alternative Earthcare Shares 3 Things About the Brown Dog Tick that Every Manorville Resident Should Know
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y., Sept. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alternative Earthcare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and east end tick control, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.
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Manorville, known as "The Gateway to the Hamptons", falls partially within the Long Island Central Pine Barrens. Though the barrens are an expansive and beautiful wooded area, they are also home to multitudes of ticks. Compounding this issue for Manorville residents is that the east end of Long Island is already flooded with an expanding tick population. Among the many tick species that roam the area, is the brown dog tick. Alternative Earthcare shares three things about the brown dog tick that every Manorville resident should know.
- How to identify a brown dog tick. The adult male can be identified by a flat, red-brown body that has little pits scattered across it. Adult females look similar to the male. The brown dog tick is the only tick that is uniformly red-brown in color. However, when fully engorged, the female's enlarged portion turns a grayish blue or gray-olive color. The mouth-part, as well as the shield area, remain red-brown.
- The brown dog tick can complete its entire life cycle indoors. Brown dog ticks can complete their lifestyle in as few as three months, under optimal conditions. Due their ability to sustain indoors, brown dog ticks are the culprits for home infestations which can reach very high numbers quickly. After engorging on a host, female brown dog ticks can lay up to 5,000 eggs, which she will deposit in crevices, between boards, under carpeting or plaster. Aggressive treatment is needed and must be addressed by treating pets, the house, and the property.
- Diseases transmitted by the brown dog tick. The most well-known illness transmitted by the brown dog tick is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can be transmitted to both humans as well as pets. This parasitic insect is also responsible for transmitting canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesiosis to dogs, where they commonly attach. The incurred medical treatments are expensive and in some cases, these illnesses can be fatal.
Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative Earthcare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.
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