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Ticks are external parasites of mammals, birds, reptiles, that feed only on the blood of their hosts. Ticks are identified by their sac-like body and four pairs of jointed legs with no antennae. They will frequently wait in ambush for a host on vegetation along trails and paths traveled by people or animals.
There are three common ticks encountered in Tennessee – the American dog tick, brown dog tick, and Lonestar tick. The brown dog tick rarely attacks humans, but the American dog tick and Lonestar tick will attack both humans and animals.
Are They Dangerous?
Bites can lead to discolored itchy spots that may take two weeks to fully heal, and like other parasites, ticks can pass along diseases as well. Most notable are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis, and Lyme Disease.
The only practical way of preventing these diseases is to avoid ticks or remove them as soon as possible. Always use a pair of tweezers and never attempt to remove them with nail polish, alcohol, or heat.
The best course of action is to keep them away from your pets and family by contacting Smash Pest Control.
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