Tick-Borne Illness: Lyme Disease

At Mosquito Authority, we do more than rid your yard and home of mosquitoes; we also offer tick control to protect you and your family from ticks and the diseases they carry. You might just think of ticks as a nuisance to your pets, but they can also harm humans as well. 

A variety of tick species can be found in many areas throughout the United States, making the risk for contracting a tick-borne disease high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 59,349 cases of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, and other tick-borne illnesses in 2017 alone.

As mosquito and tick control professionals, it is important to us that we educate our customers on the risks these pests pose. In this Tick-Borne Illness spotlight, we will be telling you all about Lyme disease, one of the most common tick-borne illnesses in the United States. Read on for some commonly-asked questions about Lyme disease and tips for preventing ticks around your home:

Where does Lyme disease most often occur?

Cases of Lyme disease have been reported in areas all throughout the United States but are most common in states in the northeast and some states in the midwest. For example, the state of Pennsylvania had 7,920 confirmed cases of Lyme disease occur in 2018, with New Jersey and Connecticut having close to the same amount. 

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is the most often reported tick-borne disease in the United States. Although it is very common, Lyme disease can have some very serious symptoms. Symptoms of this tick-borne illness can include fever, rash, muscle aches, and a number of other things. Some of the more serious signs of Lyme disease are facial palsy (loss of muscle tone on your face), inflammation of the brain, and an irregular heartbeat. 

How is Lyme disease transmitted?

As mentioned before, people contract Lyme disease after being bitten by an infected tick. The black-legged tick, or deer tick, is responsible for transmitting Lyme disease in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and north-central regions of the United States. The western black-legged tick, on the other hand, transmits the illness along the Pacific Coast. 

Ticks can attach to any part of a human or animal’s body, which is why checking for ticks after spending time outdoors is a vital part of DIY tick control. After being bitten by an infected tick, it usually takes about 36 to 48 hours for the host to contract Lyme disease.  

What precautions can I take to help prevent ticks around my home?

Proper tick control is crucial to reducing your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. Here are some helpful tips for at-home tick control:

  • Mow your lawn frequently
  • Clear tall grass and bushes away from your house
  • Keep playground equipment away from the edges of your yard
  • Check your pets for ticks after they come inside your home
  • Hire a local tick control company

Lyme disease is one of many tick-borne illnesses in the United States, with thousands of cases occurring every year. Hiring tick control professionals is the most effective way to reduce your and your family’s risk of being bitten by infected ticks. 

We make it our mission to ensure you can enjoy your outdoor space without worrying about ticks. To find your local tick control company, click here.

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 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 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 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

Species Spotlight: Deer Tick

Did you know there are 90 species of tick in the United States and roughly 850 worldwide? With many of these species being vectors for diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, knowing how to prevent ticks around your home is crucial. 

To be able to understand and practice proper tick control, it is important to educate yourself on these arachnids. Knowing how they spread disease, where they live, how they find hosts, and more is vital for protecting yourself and your family from ticks. 

One of the most common species of ticks in the United States is the Ixodes scapularis, also known as the blacklegged tick and commonly referred to as the deer tick. Read on for more important information about this species of tick:

Where do they live? 

Blacklegged or deer ticks usually inhabit the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, or north-central areas of the United States. 

How long do they live?

Like most other tick species, the deer tick goes through four stages throughout its life: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged larva, and adult. This entire life cycle usually lasts around two years. The deer tick is most likely to bite humans as a nymph and as an adult female.

Are they dangerous to humans?

There are several tick species that spread disease to humans, and the deer tick is one of them. Diseases transmitted by these ticks include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, B. miyamotoi disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus disease. Some of these illnesses are serious and can even result in death. Humans are considered “accidental hosts” for these ticks, as they prefer to feed on large animals.

Are they dangerous to animals?

As their name suggests, the deer tick’s preferred host is a deer. When an infected deer tick feeds on a deer, however, the host animal usually does not become infected with the disease. 

When are they active?

Deer ticks in the adult stage of life are typically active October through May. However, they may be active for longer or shorter periods of time, depending on the weather. As long as temperatures outside stay above freezing, there is a chance these ticks are active.

How do they find their hosts?

Because they cannot fly or jump, ticks rely on other methods of finding hosts. The majority of ticks find their hosts through a process known as “questing.” When a tick is questing, it holds onto a leaf or blade of grass with one pair of legs and waits with another pair of legs outstretched. When a potential host walks by, the tick then latches onto it. These arachnids usually quest at knee-height. Deer ticks prefer large hosts such as white-tail deer or other mammals.

What do they look like?

Deer ticks are known for having a brownish color but can sometimes be more reddish or rust colored. Adult male deer ticks are usually smaller than females and brown in color, while adult females are bigger and can vary from red to brown. 

How do I protect myself from deer ticks?

As with all ticks, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your family from deer ticks. Some common tick control methods include:

  • Clearing your yard of leaf litter
  • Mowing your lawn often and keeping grass/bushes short
  • Keeping playground equipment away from trees and yard edges
  • Stacking wood in dry areas
  • Hire a professional tick control company

Ticks are not only a nuisance but also health risk to you and your family. A key component of keeping your life tick-free is hiring a professional pest control company. At Mosquito Authority, we offer tick control services with no contracts and no commitments to ensure your family is safe from ticks and the diseases they carry.

To find your local tick control company, click here.