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Dog Tick


  • Most commonly found on dogs but will attach to any large mammal
  • Common vector of the Rocky Mountain spotted fever and canine tick paralysis
  • A tick that has been feeding will look drastically different from an unfed tick

The dog tick is a common parasite found in Alabama. These ticks wait for a host to latch onto and will feed on its blood until it becomes engorged. The picture above is of an dog tick before it has fed. The tick appears drastically different when engorged, with a much larger abdomen that is a bluish grey. Dog ticks are a known carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and can cause canine tick paralysis. Ticks do not normally enter into homes, but are commonly found in yards and bushes around the home. Our mosquito and tick spray is very effective at protecting your yard from these disease spreading pests.

I had noticed that I was having a flea problem with my dog. I hired Horizons and followed their suggestions after they treated my yard and house. The service was wonderful and the fleas are gone! I have since hired them to do my pest service, mosquito service, and snake control. I have recommended them to my family and friends.

David, Vestavia, AL
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