This tick is also known as the Black-legged Tick. This is the tick that is known for transmitting Lyme disease. They must be on the host for 24 hours for the bacteria to enter the host. Their main food source is to feed off of mice, voles, deer, and moose. Identification is crucial to reducing the population. Ticks CANNOT be fully eliminated but can be managed through the help of habitat modification. The ticks like moist humid areas so that makes long grass, low hanging branches, and shrubs very inviting to them.
The best way to push them away from the structure is to cut long grass and make it less inviting to them. If the population seems to be out of control, then treatment is required. Each location must be looked at in order to estimate control parameters.