Ticks & Mites

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Ticks are blood-sucking pests which are efficient vectors of several different types of disease. In fact, they are second only to mosquitoes in spreading human disease. Tick- borne diseases include:  Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Relapsing Fever, Colorado Tick Fever,  Boutonneuse Fever, and Tularemia.

There are three families of ticks recognized in The United States today: hard ticks, soft ticks, and Nuttalliellidae ticks. The terms hard or soft refer to the presence of a dorsal plate on the tick. Ticks look like large mites, with both having eight legs and a disk-shaped body. However, ticks differ from mites in that they have toothed mouths and claws on their palps.

Ticks feed on blood. They look for hosts to feed on by climbing vegetation and passively waiting for an unsuspecting person or animal to brush up against it. The tick will then attack itself to it’s host, and crawl around fro some time looking for a suitable place to feed.

Ticks that are commonly found in the United States include:

  • American Dog Tick
  • Black Legged Tick
  • Brown Dog tick
  • Deer Tick
  • Gulf Coast Tick
  • Lone Star Tick
  • Relapsing Fever Tick
  • Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
  • Western Black Legged Tick

B0008353 Dust mite


With approximately 48,200 species of mites described, they are among the most diverse and successful, of all the invertebrate groups. Discovered anywhere that the humidity permits, this tiny pest has successfully invaded a vast array of habitats. However, because they require at least 60 percent humidity to survive, they are rarely found in the arid American Southwest.

Mites can cause pest control concerns, when their minute exoskeletons and feces become airborne and inhaled, triggering an allergic reaction in some people. Because mites are most often found in warm and humid locations like beds, it is thought that inhaling the mites during sleep exposes the human body to some antigens, that will eventually induce a hypersensitivity reaction. In fact, mites can cause several forms of allergic diseases, including hay fever, asthma and eczema.

The best way to control mites, is to manage the humidity in the home and to eliminate any dust in the bedroom. Because house dust mite allergens are considered to be among the heaviest dust allergens, homeowners should use a high-performance vacuum machine, with a HEPA filter. As well, thoroughly wash all bedding in hot, soapy water and steam-clean carpets and upholstered furniture.

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    Bird or dust mites also known as chicken mites, get their name because they are small parasitic arachnids that typically host on all variety of birds, especially chickens. They host on all bird species and only become a structural pest when they crawl from the birds and bird nests to structures and bite humans, pets and attack buildings. Usually, they will host on bird species and they only become a structural pest when they move from the birds and bird nests to the inside and outside of buildings. When their original food source moves or leaves the nest, they will migrate from that nest and begin to attack humans. Because they are capable of attacking people inside structures, they are considered nuisance pests.


    If a homeowner finds that their home is infested with bird mites, then most likely, they can trace the infestation back to a bird nest somewhere nearby or even in or on the house itself. Sometimes, birds will make nests in attics, on windowsills, in the gutters, on top of the roof, or under the eaves of the house. The first step is to locate the nest and after treatment is applied to the nest with a properly effective extermination formulation, the nest must be removed. Once the nest is removed, the surface and the surrounding area of where the nest was must be treated.

    Indoor treatment is a multi step process. Use an effective formulation to treat the cracks and crevices of the infested rooms. Bird mites will hide or lay their eggs in cracks and crevices of the structure and therefore, it is important to thoroughly treat possible hiding spots or breeding locations. At this stage the infestation requires expert handling…

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