Interesting Facts About Ticks in California

How long is tick season in California?

The months of May, June and July are typically when there is high risk for contracting Lyme disease from a Black Legged or Deer tick bite with nymphs seeking a blood meal to fuel growth into the adult stage.

What type of ticks are in California?

The Western Blacklegged Tick is the most widely distributed and abundant of the 48 tick species found throughout the state. Pacific Coast Ticks, American Dog Ticks and Brown Dog Ticks are some of the other common types of ticks that can be found in California.

Where are ticks found?

Ticks move quickly across the body but prefer areas that are warm and moist. They are often found in the underarm area, groin or scalp. Once a tick finds a place of interest, it will bite and burrow it’s mouth parts into the skin of humans and animals.

Where do ticks typically live?

Ticks tend to live in shady, moist areas at the ground level. They will cling to tall grass, brush and shrubs, usually no more than 18-24 inches off the ground. Ticks can also be found living in lawns and gardens.

What type of diseases can ticks transmit?

Ticks can transmit a wide variety of diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-bourne relapsing fever, tularemia, babesiosis, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-bourne diseases.

What is the best way to protect yourself and your family from ticks?

Wear light-colored pants tucked into your socks when hiking, walking, or working around areas where ticks may be present, and using a repellent containing DEET can be helpful. Discourage ticks around your home by keeping lawns mowed, cutting back dense vegetation, and removing debris piles. If you are experiencing an issue with ticks on your property, call Advanced IPM at 800.655.3993