Few creatures inspire dread like a tick. Seeing one on yourself or your dog is likely to give you a strong case of the heebie-jeebies. Removing them is requires a steady hand and firm resolve. We would rather simply not deal with them. Worldwide, there are over 899 varieties of ticks! In the U.S. that number falls to 90 species. Thankfully, in Massachusetts, we only has two common tick populations: the deer tick and the dog tick. The one; however, spreads illness like wildfire.
The pestilent deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, is also known as the the black-legged tick. According to National Geographic, today, more than any other interesting fact, this tiny tick is known primarily by the disease it helps to spread: Lyme Disease. The CDC estimates 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease each year, of which only 30,000 cases are actually diagnosed! Compounding this spread is the incredibly small size of the deer tick. An adult female is roughly the size of a sesame seed. Nymphs the size of the dot at the end of this sentence.
Thankfully, the more prevalent dog tick, Dermacentor Variabilis, is not a host or vector for Lyme Disease. Throughout the country it is a carrier of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which to date, has not been seen in Essex County since 1998, when two cases were reported. These ticks can also be vectors for the respiratory disease tularemia, or rabbit fever. The last time there was a warning issued by the state of Massachusetts for tularemia was in 2006. So, it is out there, but not a needful cause of concern. Dog ticks are more easily noticed, about the size of a watermelon seed, which helps with removing them.
Don’t let the threat of ticks keep you from enjoying your yard this summer! Today, the most effective form of protection from tick-borne illnesses is prevention. For you home or business, we recommend our seasonal barrier spray which effectively eliminates 85% – 90% of adult ticks from the entire perimeter of your landscape. Timely, professional and with outstanding customer care, our team members undergo a rigorous training process to ensure that your property stays as tick-free as possible.
To learn more about Mosquito Squad of the North Shore and Saugus tick control, or to schedule your free consultation for your either your home or place of business throughout the entire North Shore region, you can contact us today at Mosquito Squad of the North Shore. Or call now to sign up • (978) 887 – 1177 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org