Tick Control: Diseases in Animals

At Mosquito Authority, we make it our priority to protect your entire family– including the furry members. A big part of ensuring the safety of your dogs and cats is knowing that they are safe from ticks and tick-borne diseases. That’s why we take tick control seriously; so you can have peace of mind every time your pets are enjoying the outdoors.

You probably know that getting bitten by a tick puts your pet at risk for Lyme disease. However, ticks can spread numerous other diseases to animals as well, and can even infect your pets with more than one at a time. 

Here are some tick-borne diseases that can be transmitted to animals:

Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by the wood tick in the western United States and the American dog tick in the eastern part of the country. It’s important to frequently check your pets for ticks, because they can contract Rocky Mountain spotted fever after a tick has been on them for five hours. When infected with this disease, dogs can experience joint pain, reduced appetite, liver damage, heart problems, or other serious symptoms.

Anaplasmosis

Anaplasmosis is transmitted by deer ticks and western black-legged ticks. Both dogs and cats can contract this disease. If your pet has been infected with anaplasmosis, they may experience vomiting, joint pain, and nervous system disorders, among other things. 

Tularemia

Tularemia can be transmitted by three different ticks in the United States: the dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), and the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum). This disease, also known as rabbit fever, usually affects cats more often than dogs. There is no preventative vaccine for tularemia, but it can be treated with antibiotics.

Babesiosis

Babesiosis is one of the more serious illnesses caused by tick bites. Usually caused by a bite from an Ixodes scapularis tick (deer tick), most cases of this disease are found in the northeastern and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. Babesiosis can cause severe problems in dogs, including high fever, depression, shock, and even death. 

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is one of the more commonly known tick-borne illnesses, and a significant reason why we practice tick control. Like Babesiosis, Lyme disease is primarily reported in the Upper Midwestern and northeastern United States and transmitted by the deer tick. It usually takes about 48 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease to its host, so be sure to check your pets for ticks often and remove them as soon as possible. Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs include fever, swollen joints, and reduced appetite.


Practicing tick control and preventing tick-borne illnesses is an important part of making sure your pets are happy and healthy. Click here to find your local tick control company.

For more information on tick-borne diseases, visit the CDC website

Life Cycle of a Tick

At Mosquito Authority, we don’t just protect you and your family from mosquitoes; we offer tick extermination as well! Ticks are notorious for causing all sorts of diseases, from Lyme Disease to Rocky Mountain spotted fever to anaplasmosis. In order to survive, these pests latch onto animals and/or humans to get their meals. If you want to read some interesting facts about these pests, check out our blog highlighting some things you probably didn’t know about ticks.

Nobody really wants to think about ticks, but these creatures actually have a fascinating life cycle. Most ticks go through four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult. After hatching, a tick must eat a blood meal at every life stage in order to move onto the next one. The CDC estimates that preparing to feed can take anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours, depending on the species of the tick and its stage of life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Ticks that require this many hosts can take up to three years to complete their full life cycle, and most will die because they don’t find a host for their next feeding.” 

While the tick life cycle is very similar for all ticks, it does vary for some species. For example, the Rhipicephalus sanguineus, otherwise known as the brown dog tick, prefers to feed on the same host during all of its life stages. Most other species, however, need different hosts at each life stage. Ticks have the ability to feed on mammals, reptiles, birds, and amphibians, increasing the chance that they will come into contact with disease at some point in their lives.

When a tick feeds on someone or something with a bloodborne infection, it ingests the pathogens in that host’s blood. So, when that tick finds a new host during its next life stage, it can transfer whatever disease it has ingested to its new food source.

So, how do ticks find their hosts? According to the CDC, these pests can detect an animal’s (that includes humans) breath and body odors, as well as sense body heat, vibrations, and moisture. Ticks can also identify paths with a lot of traffic and search for hosts there. However, because ticks can’t jump or fly, they sit on leaves and/or tall grass and wait for a host to walk by.

This is why maintaining your yard is an important part of tick extermination. Because many ticks search for hosts in areas of tall grass and bushes, clearing this foliage from the edge of your lawn can help reduce the blacklegged tick population. You should also remove any leaf litter from your lawn and keep playground equipment away from trees.

We also highly recommend hiring a professional tick extermination service. Ticks can carry a wide variety of diseases, and exterminating them will give you more peace of mind when enjoying your outdoor space. Just like with our mosquito control service, Mosquito Authority offers you tick extermination with no contracts and no commitments. Call us today to schedule a tick treatment!

Animal Safety and Protection Month

At Mosquito Authority, we want everyone in your family to enjoy a pest-free life– including the furry members. That being said, October is mostly known for its cool weather and changing leaves, but it is also Animal Safety and Protection Month. 

We always want the very best for our furry friends, and Animal Safety and Protection Month reminds us that caring for them is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. In addition to highlighting the importance of domesticated animal care, Animal Safety and Protection month also provides some information on what to do if your pet is ill or in need of emergent care.

Because Mosquito Authority values the health and wellbeing of your family pets, we want to provide some tips on protecting them from ticks.

Check your pets often for ticks

This is the simplest yet most important thing you can do to prevent ticks on your pets (and in your home). If your pets, especially dogs and cats, spend a significant amount of time playing outdoors, they are bound to come into contact with a tick or two. If you do find a tick hiding on your pet, make sure to remove it right away.

Hire a professional tick control service

One of the best things you can do to minimize the risk of ticks in your area is to hire a professional pest control service. Lucky for you, many Mosquito Authority locations offer top-notch tick prevention. Just like with our mosquito control service, we do not require any contracts or commitments when you hire us to treat for ticks.

Clear tall grass and bushes from around your yard

Ticks love to hide in grassy areas where animals tend to go. Because of this, it is a good idea to mow your lawn often and clear any areas of tall grass or bushes around your yard. The less places you have for ticks to inhabit, the less chance your dog or cat will come into contact with one.

Remove any leaf litter from your yard

Because ticks cannot fly or jump, they rely on other methods to find hosts. Many times, ticks will position themselves on leaf edges and attach themselves to a human or animal as they walk by. With this in mind, it is a good idea to remove any sort of leaf litter from your yard and ensure that nearby ticks do not have a place to settle. 

Use a preventative tick medicine

There are no vaccines for the majority of tickborne illnesses that affect dogs, so talk to your veterinarian about preventative medicines. Rather than wait until you find a tick on your dog, help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Animal Safety and Protection Month reminds us of our responsibility to care for and protect our furry friends. Taking preventative action against ticks is extremely important to the health of your pet, so don’t wait until you find one of these pests on your animal or in your home. Schedule a tick treatment with Mosquito Authority today and help keep your pets happy and healthy.