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The Complete Guide to Tick Prevention and Treatment in Maryland

Pro tips from Maryland's top-rated tick exterminators for over 40 years!

Why Preventing Ticks Matters to You

Understanding the Risks and Damage Caused by Ticks

Ticks are more than just a nuisance—they can pose serious health risks to you and your pets. Here’s what you need to know:

Year-Round Threat

Ticks are active all year round, so continuous vigilance is necessary to protect your home.

Risk to Pets

Your dogs and cats can bring ticks into your home, increasing the risk of tick-borne diseases for everyone.

Disease Carriers

Ticks in Maryland can spread several dangerous diseases, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia.

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4 Easy Steps to Get Rid of Ticks Around Your Home and Restore Comfort

1. Call

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2. Schedule

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3. Sit Back and Relax

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4. Enjoy a Tick-Free Home

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Understanding the 4 Most Common Types
of Ticks in Maryland

Deer Tick (Blacklegged Tick)

The most common tick found in Maryland is deer ticks, which are notorious carriers of Lyme disease and are commonly found in areas with white-tailed deer populations.

What does a deer tick look like?

  • Color: Females are orange-brown with dark legs; males are reddish brown
  • Size: 1/8″ (about the size of a sesame seed)
  • Shape: Flat, broad, oval
  • Fun Fact: Deer ticks are longer than they are wide.

Lone Star Tick

Lone Star ticks are frequently found in densely wooded areas and near animal resting spots.

What does a Lone Star Tick look like?

  • Color: Reddish brown, becoming slate gray when engorged
  • Size: Females are 1/6-1/4” (4-6 mm) un-engorged and 1/2” (16 mm) engorged; Males are smaller
  • Shape: Oval, flattened
  • Fun Fact: Named for the single silvery-white spot on the female’s back and the horseshoe-shaped whitish spots along the males’ backs

American Dog Ticks (Wood Ticks)

Primarily feeds on dogs and is common across North America.

What do American Dog Ticks Look Like?

  • Color: Brown with whitish to gray markings
  • Size: 3/16” (5 mm) unengorged, 5/8” (15 mm) engorged
  • Shape: Oval, flattened
  • Fun Fact: They are common in places with little or no tree cover

Brown Dog Ticks

Commonly found on domestic dogs, brown dog ticks rarely bite humans.

What do brown dog ticks look like?

  • Color: Reddish brown, gray-blue, or olive when engorged
  • Size: 1/8” (3 mm) unengorged; 1/2” (12 mm) engorged
  • Shape: Oval, flattened
  • Fun Fact: These pests can complete their life cycle indoors.
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With over 40 years as the best exterminator for ticks in Maryland, we have the expertise to handle any tick problem

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What to Expect with Our Tick Extermination Services


We handle everything from start to finish.


Our experts conduct a thorough inspection to identify tick hotspots.


Each pest is unique. We determine the tick species around your home to tailor the most effective treatment.


We apply targeted treatments to eliminate ticks and secure your home’s perimeter.


Our Yard Protection Plan provides ongoing seasonal treatments to effectively deter ticks year-round.


Our technicians follow up with you until the issue is managed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few important steps to prevent ticks around your yard and home:

  • Keep grass cut short.
  • Remove debris (piles of leaves, sticks, and grass clippings)
  • Place children’s play equipment away from wooded areas.
  • Remove bird feeders and wood piles to reduce attractiveness to wildlife, especially field mice.
  • Trim dense shrubbery and tree limbs
  • Keep bird baths and pools clean to avoid stagnant water.
  • Use EPA-registered repellents

Here’s how to be less attractive to ticks:

  • Use EPA-registered repellents.
  • Wear dark clothing (they are attracted to light colors).
  • Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, tucking clothing in when possible.
  • Stay on established trails in wooded areas.

We recommend tick prevention services if:

  • Adults, children, or pets are active outside.
  • Your property has deer, wildlife, or high rodent activity
  • Your property is near wooded areas.
  • You want to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases.

Preventative treatments are critical for controlling tick populations and reducing the risk of tick-borne diseases.

Tick bites may appear red, swollen, and warm to the touch. Some may develop a bull’s eye pattern or dotted red patches.

Always use tweezers or tick spoons (provided to Brody Brothers customers) to maintain constant pressure when removing a tick. Please do not break the tick or touch it with bare hands.

Yes, Maryland has four main tick species and is consistently ranked in the top 10 worst states for Lyme Disease.

Ticks hide in:

  • Piles of leaves, sticks, grass clippings, firewood, and rock piles
  • Edges of yards and woods
  • Tall grass and low shrubs
  • Shady and moist areas at ground level

Did you know approximately 75% of tick bites occur from ticks picked up during normal home activities?

Tick season in Maryland typically spans from March to September, with peak activity occurring during the warmer months. However, ticks can be active year-round, especially during mild winters.

  • Ticks can dry out (a.k.a. desiccate) if they become dehydrated or during periods of low humidity.
  • Rain helps grass and shrubs grow, increasing the areas for ticks to reside and hide.
  • Rain also increases the chances of the tick’s hosts to be active outside, creating more opportunities for a tick to feed.
  • Warmer temperatures stimulate tick activity and reproduction.

Ticks can transmit diseases like Lyme disease to pets. Additionally, pets may introduce ticks into your home, increasing your family’s risk of exposure.

While deer ticks are known to be the primary carriers of Lyme disease, not all ticks carry it. However, taking precautions and seeking prompt medical attention if bitten by a tick is essential to minimize the risk of disease transmission.

The best way to get rid of ticks in your yard is to hire an experienced

  • Thorough inspection to identify tick hotspots and potential breeding grounds
  • Targeted treatments to exterminate ticks
  • Barrier treatments to prevent tick re-infestation
  • Ongoing tick control services for long-term effectiveness

We provide 3 timed treatments during the tick season, with each treatment going after each life stage of the tick: larva, nymph, and adult. These timed treatments are essential for tick reduction around your property.

The cost of tick exterminator services can vary depending on the treatment plan needed for your home and the size of your property. Call Brody Brothers to speak with our experts about your specific needs so we can tailor a plan just for you.

Brody Brothers provides safe, effective, and professional tick pest control to homes and businesses in the Greater Baltimore Area, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, and Montgomery County. Our strategy to control ticks includes integrated plans, habitat modifications, and follow-up inspections.

Yes, tick control services protect your family, pets, and property from the harmful effects of tick-borne diseases. With Maryland’s high tick population and the prevalence of diseases like Lyme disease, tick control is a worthwhile investment in protecting your health and well-being.

Effective tick control involves prevention and elimination. Have your property treated during each tick life stage, at the beginning of tick season (spring), and throughout summer and fall.

How do I keep ants out of the house?

Here’s how to keep ants out of your house and maintain a pest-free environment:

  • Keep your kitchen, dining room, and pantry clean. Regularly sweep the floors, wipe off countertops daily, and ensure all food items are properly sealed.
  • Act quickly to clean up food spills. If you accidentally spill food or drink, make sure to promptly clean it up to avoid attracting ants.
  • Eliminate food crumbs after every meal. Thoroughly wipe down counters and tables with warm soapy water to remove any food residue. Pay attention to crevices and corners where crumbs can hide. This is especially important if you have young children who tend to leave crumbs around the living room or kitchen.
  • Keep surfaces dry. Ensure that counters, sinks, and floors are thoroughly dried after cleaning or any spills. Standing water or moisture can attract ants.
  • Take out the trash promptly and keep garbage cans tightly sealed. Dispose of trash, particularly items with strong odors, immediately after use. Remember, ants are drawn to sugary treats!
  • Store food in sealed baggies or airtight containers. Avoid leaving any food uncovered as it can easily attract ants.
  • Maintain cleanliness around your pet’s food area. Keep your pet’s food bowl clean and tightly seal pet food containers. Pets may leave behind crumbs after eating, so be sure to sweep or vacuum the area regularly. Consider storing pet food in a large, airtight plastic container instead of its original packaging.
  • Monitor indoor humidity levels. Certain ant species, like odorous house ants, acrobat ants, and carpenter ants, are attracted to damp wood for its moisture content. Be mindful of indoor humidity and address any potential moisture issues promptly.

For more information about how to get rid of ants in your home, check out How Do I Get Rid of an Ant Infestation.

How do I keep ants out of the yard?

Here’s how to keep ants out of your yard and maintain a pest-free outdoor space:

  • Trim outdoor branches and shrubbery. Cutting back all of the branches and shrubbery close to your home can inhibit ants from nesting. Ants use these elements to bypass the treated perimeter of your home.
  • Don’t over-mulch. It’s recommended to keep mulch depth under three inches.
  • Don’t leave tree stumps or rotting wood lying around. Rotting wood attracts ants. Avoid any situations where wood is in direct contact with the ground or right next to your home. Monitor wood decay and replace damaged wood as necessary.
  • Eliminate yard debris, especially close to your home. Remove piles of debris, like leaves, firewood, or bricks, and ensure your gutters aren’t clogged.
  • Notice the plants in your yard. Control aphids, a.k.a. plant lice, on your favorite flowers and shrubs, such as crepe myrtles, rose bushes, American holly, peonies, any type of maple, and English ivy.
  • Be mindful of your neighbors’ yards. Ant colonies like odorous house ants are very large, have multiple queens, and spread across multiple properties. This is especially true if your home is in close proximity to neighbors, such as most single-family and townhome communities. Therefore, while we can exterminate ants from your home and property, there’s a good chance the remaining ants on your neighbor’s property will make their way back to yours at a future point. For these reasons, a regular inspection plan is needed to ensure long-term ant management.

For more information about how to get rid of ants in your yard, check out How Do I Get Rid of an Ant Infestation.

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