TICK 101

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Mosquito Squad
of Northeast Wisconsin
1125 Tuckaway Lane Suite A
Menasha, WI 54952



We know ticks so you don’t have to! Our extensive Mosquito Squad training helps keep us one step ahead of these annoying and dangerous ticks! Here’s a refresher on tick 101.

  • Although commonly referred to as insects, ticks are technically arachnids.

  • Ticks are classified as parasites since they all feed on the blood of host animals.

  • Tick species number in the hundreds, but only a handful typically transmits disease to humans.

  • The ticks of greatest concern in the US are the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick), the lone star tick and the dog tick.

  • Ticks do not jump or fly. Typically, they transfer to hosts by waiting on tall grass and crawling aboard when a mammal passes by.

  • Ticks can be active when the ground temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Ticks that endanger humans also choose deer hosts and are usually prevalent wherever deer are found.

  • Tick bites often go undetected because they do not hurt or itch.

  • Ticks that enter your home can live there for extended periods.

  • There are two families of ticks: hard ticks (Ixodidae) and soft ticks (argasidae).

  • Hard ticks have three distinct life stages: larva, nymph and adult.

  • Soft ticks may go through a number of nymph stages before reaching adult status.

  • Tick larvae are not believed to carry pathogens. The pathogens are received from the host when the larvae take their first blood meal. They will not feed again until nymph stage.

  • The nymph stage is believed to be most responsible for infecting humans as nymphs are small and can more easily go undetected on the skin.


Named after the town in Connecticut in which it was first found, Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne disease in the United States, being diagnosed in all states except Hawaii. There are nearly 30,000 cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control each year. If caught early, Lyme disease responds well to a variety of antibiotics. Unfortunately, Lyme is not the easiest disease to diagnose. The telltale bull’s eye rash is only one of the many symptoms of Lyme, which also includes fever, fatigue and joint pain.


Although it does affect humans, ehrlichiosis is most commonly found in deer and dogs. The bacteria kills white blood cells causing headaches, fatigue and aches. Luckily, ehrlichiosis is treated with a series of antibiotics.


Mosquito Squad offers regular barrier protection sprays to repel ticks and other outdoor pests. Under an hour for application and curing, a single professional grade treatment will protect your family from annoying and potentially dangerous mosquitoes for up to 21 Days. We offer a variety of packages for your specific needs and we back each treatment with our no hassle, money back guarantee.


Mosquito Squad tick tubes control tick populations by relying upon the natural nesting instincts of mice. Most ticks get their first blood meals from mice. Tick tubes contain cotton that has been treated with an EPA registered insecticide designed specifically to eliminate tick populations. After introducing the tick tubes into the mice natural environment, the mice begin to collect the treated cotton for bedding materials. The mice then deliver it directly to their nest, and the insecticide gets on the mice fur, turning them into mobile tick exterminators.


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