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Tick species chart

Tick pest control cost and warranty period

Average size yard is $350 per tick treatment (same as a flea treatment).

Its a very thorough treatment of all foliage and grasses and does a good job of treating ticks.

Tick treatments start working immediately.

Within a few hours of us finishing, most of the ticks, including paralysis ticks, will be dead.

Any ticks that hatch later or arrive from elsewhere will be killed before they get the chance to cause a problem.

You may not realise that most people call the really small juvenile paralysis tick ‘grass ticks’ or ‘seed ticks’. They are the same thing and are very dangerous to pets and people.

Australian Paralysis Ticks are very common in Newcastle.

Paralysis ticks grow rapidly and can lay up to 10,000 eggs in a lifetime.

Eggs can take 6 months to hatch depending on weather and conditions.

Tick pest treatment recommendations

  • Regular veterinary tick treatment for your pet
  • Keep grass and vegetation cut back in your yard
  • Consider a regular tick treatment for your lawn and garden

Newcastle Pest Control has a proprietary approach to tick control using specialty equipment and chemicals to kill ticks at all stages of their life cycle.

Best time to treat is spring to control larvae and nymphs that reside in the soil and leaf litter & really needs to be done regularly to maintain adequate control.

Where do ticks come from

Ticks may be reintroduced from surrounding areas on host animals. Including dog, cats, rodents, birds, possums & people.

At our place the local possums are the main culprits.

Ticks do not live on their hosts.

If you brush against some grass or tree branches they often hitch a rid.

Ticks once on you prefer warm moist areas so will migrate towards areas like this on the body, your armpit, groin etc.

How to find a tick

You’re basically running your hands over skin feeling for lumps or something that doesn’t feel right.

Most ticks are found around the head region but in reality they can be anywhere so you must be thorough with your examination. Look between toes, behind ears, look everywhere and I mean everywhere.

10% of hosts have more than 1 tick so look again once you have found one, there is likely to be another.

How to remove a tick

How To Remove A Tick
The health department recommends using fine tipped tweezers to grip to tick as close to the skin as you can and remove.

Be careful not to squeeze the body and inject more toxin.

They also say you can use pyrethrin or a pyrethroid chemical to kill the tick before removal.

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) recommends using Aerostart (a spray used to start car engines), ether-containing sprays (such as those that freeze off warts) or liquid nitrogen (which you’d need to access via your doctor).

They say kill the tick and then physically remove as soon as practical.

What does a paralysis tick look like

There are over 70 species of paralysis tick in Australia. They are very hard to identify and their body colour can be affected by feeding so is not a reliable indicator.

Female paralysis ticks have long mouth parts whereas the males have shorter mouth parts.

Adult females have a different colour set of front and back legs.

For those who are allergic the recommendations are:

  • Carry an action plan and EpiPen
  • Kill the tick with a product that will rapidly freeze it
  • Go to a hospital or similar safe place to have the tick removed.

Tick symptoms for people

See your doctor if you have had a tick bite and you experience any of these symptoms for more than a week:

  • flu-like symptoms
  • a new rash
  • pain in your joints
  • tiredness

Tick paralysis and poisoning symptoms for pets

  • Heavy breathing (panting, noisy breathing and possibly grunting)
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Heavy salivation
  • Wobbly legs (especially the back legs – dogs tend to sit but not stand)
  • Collapse

Tick symptoms for pets

  • signs usually appear within 3-5 days
  • paralysis escalates rapidly
  • symptoms can exist several days after tick removal
  • keep any removed ticks in sealed containers