It may seem light years away but tick season is right around the corner. Aside from putting a damper on our outdoor recreational activities, ticks are also a source of concern for residents, parents and pet owners alike.
Deer ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts and can spread different disease-causing germs when they bite you or your loved ones. Common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts include Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Lyme Disease, in particular, is a concern here in Massachusets. For residents of Weymouth, Hingham and Cohasset areas it is likely that most know someone who has contracted, or been affected by the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, 95% of all US confirmed cases of the Lyme Disease in 2015 and in previous years primarily came from 14 states, which includes Massachusets. While deer ticks carry Lyme Disease, it is far better to avoid ticks altogether than to attempt to differentiate between deer ticks and dog ticks.
Now is the time to start thinking about proactive tick control in your backyard this season. Ticks begin to emerge mid-spring when they set out to lay their eggs. Deer ticks have a two-year lifespan and have three feeding stages. These are larva, nymph, and adult. Eggs are laid in the spring and in the summer they hatch into nymph ticks which are no larger than the period at the end of this sentence and very difficult to detect. In August, ticks reach their peak of activity, waiting on the ground until a suitable host brushes up against it.
When it comes to tick control in your yard, the professionals at Mosquito Squad can help the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help with. We offer an intensive tick control program that combines our traditional mosquito control treatment that banishes adult ticks on contact with tick tube implementation that halts the life cycle of the tick. We will target the specific areas of your yard where ticks harbor and breed, like brush and wood piles, tall grass and under decks on each visit and distribute tick tubes in spring and again in the fall.
This effective proactive approach will help keep you, your family and your pets protected from ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at [email protected]. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.