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Soft Tick | Soft Tick

Size
Adults are large, about 1/4 inch long even when not engorged with blood.


Color
The soft tick is tan, light brown or dark reddish brown. The front of its body is rounded and projects over its mouthparts, which are located on the ventral side. The top of the body is egg-shaped and flattened.


Habits
Soft ticks are easily distinguished from hard ticks because their head and mouthparts cannot be seen from above; they are situated beneath the overhanging front of the body. While soft ticks are most commonly associated with birds or wild mammals they will bite humans, and several important diseases are associated with them, including Relapsing Fever.


Diet
Soft ticks are blood feeders and must find a host for food. Unlike hard ticks, which feed for several days on a single host, soft ticks feed several times in each stage of their growth, usually for about 30 minutes at a time. They ingest anywhere from five to ten times their unfed body weight. The outside surface, or cuticle, of soft ticks expands, but does not grow to accommodate the large volume of blood ingested.


Reproduction
After each blood meal, the female soft tick lays small batches of 20-50 eggs. The entire lifecycle is generally much longer than that of hard ticks, lasting over several years.


Other Information
Soft ticks have an uncanny resistance to starvation and are capable of living for several years without feeding. They often seek hosts by waiting on low-lying vegetation; however, the vast majority are nest parasites, residing in sheltered environments such as burrows, caves, or nests.


Treatment Tips
Before treating the home, you must vacuum all rooms, wash all bedding and either wash or discard all animal bedding. After treatment has dried, vacuum again and discard bag.

 

 

Interior

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Precor 2000  
Precor 2000
-Applied as a spray using a sweeping motion
-A single can will treat 2000 square feet

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$19.95
 

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Ultracide  
Ultracide
-Applied as a spray using a sweeping motion
-A single can will treat 2625 square feet

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$19.95
 

Exterior


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Wisdom TC Flowable  (Bifen)  
Wisdom TC Flowable (Bifen)
-Quick Knock Down, Last 30-Days
-Mix concentrate at 1oz per gallon
-Use 2-4 gallons per application
-Application= $2.50 to $4.99
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$49.95
 

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Cy-kick CS Concentrate  
Cy-kick CS Concentrate
-Microencapsulated last 60-days
-Mix at a rate of 1oz /gal. water
-Avg. 1-3 gallons per application
-Avg. application= $3.13 to $9.36
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$49.95
 

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Wisdom Lawn Granular/Blood Suckers  
Wisdom Lawn Granular/Blood Suckers
-Broadcast uniformly over Lawn
-2-4 pounds per 1000 square feet
-Effective spot treatment around plants

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$34.95
 

Equipment


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Nitri Solve Gloves  
Nitri Solve Gloves
-Professional Grade Rubber Gloves
-Strong Chemical Resistance
-Recommend for all treatments
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$4.95
 

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Valuline Backpack Sprayer  
Valuline Backpack Sprayer
-Durable Backpack Sprayer
-Great for around the house or commercial use
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$114.95
 

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Bug and Weed Sprayer  
Bug and Weed Sprayer
-Sturdy Plastic Pump Can
-Holds 1 Gallon
-Least Expensive Option
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$18.95
 


 
 
 
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