Lyme Disease Impacts Southern New Hampshire Pets Too

Last week, we talked about Lyme Disease because May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. That article focused on Lyme Disease in people, but humans aren’t the only ones who can contract Lyme Disease. Pets can too, and this fact is making news in our area. Parade Magazine recently ran an article indicating that pets in the Northeastern USA, which of course includes southern New Hampshire, are more at risk of becoming ill with Lyme. Why? The population of black-legged ticks (or deer tick as it is commonly called) is larger in the Northeast than in many other regions of the county, and these ticks are the primary carriers of Lyme. In our area, your pets could be exposed to Lyme Disease if they are bitten by a tick, and dogs are more prone to tick bites and subsequent infection than cats.

 

Lyme Disease can affect your pets too.

Lyme Disease can affect your pets too.

Lyme Disease symptoms in dogs are not the same as they are in humans. Dogs do not develop the EM or “bulls eye” rash that is so indicative of the disease. Rather, they often go lame suddenly; experience extreme pain; have swollen, feverish joints; are lethargic; and lose their appetite. The disease is serious though, like humans, pets can recover after antibiotic treatment. A dog’s risk of contracting Lyme Disease increases the longer a tick is attached. So what can you do to help prevent exposure?

 

First, you should check your dog routinely for ticks; daily is best. A black-legged tick in the nymph stage is extremely small (the size of a comma in newsprint), so great care should be taken. If you find any attached ticks, remove them immediately using tweezers and a firm, steady pull. Jerking the tick could cause mouthparts to break off, which can also increase your dog’s risk. There are also many tick prevention products available for pets than can help repel ticks, so talk to your veterinarian about which may be best for your dog or cat.

 

Evidence that the treated cotton in our tick traps is being used as nesting material.

Evidence that the treated cotton in our tick traps is being used as nesting material.

Finally, be sure to treat your yard for ticks. Most of your pet’s outdoor time will probably be in your own yard. Making that area as tick-free as possible will reduce your pet’s exposure. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire uses a two-step method for eliminating ticks. First, we apply a barrier spray that will kill the ticks currently in your yard. Second, we utilize “tick-tubes”. Tick tubes contain fibrous, tick-killing material rodents like to use in their nests. Ticks proliferate using rodents as hosts, so rodent nests are typically infested with ticks. By utilizing this material, we are able to target ticks in the areas they frequent. Through these two methods, the tick population on your property can be noticeably reduced, and you can get started with our introductory pricing, only a $99 investment.

 

Don’t take chances with your family’s health – the human part of your family or the four-legged part. Contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today and let us be part of Lyme Disease prevention at your home. We want to keep your dogs happy, healthy, and wagging too.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

 

 

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Be Aware! It’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease is carried by the deer tick.

Lyme Disease is carried by the deer tick.

Backed by many of the top Lyme-focused non-profit groups, May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. It is an international initiative, and awareness events are occurring in other countries, as well as the USA. If you don’t know much about Lyme Disease, there is no better time to learn about it, especially for those of us living in Southern New Hampshire. Our state borders some of the most Lyme Disease dense states, and the number of cases reported in our state ranks within the top fifteen in the country. Because the disease is so prevalent in our area, it is important for you to know where it comes from, be able to identify its symptoms, and know how to protect yourself and your family.

 

Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorfer bacteria and is transmitted through the bite of the black-legged tick (commonly called the deer tick). In early stages, the symptoms of Lyme Disease mimic the flu – headache, fever, chills, muscle and joint aches, and disturbed sleep. A distinctive rash, Erythema migrans (EM) or “bull’s-eye” rash, also appears in many cases. In later stages, neurological symptoms including muscle twitches, tremors, and Bel’s palsy may present themselves. If untreated, arthritis can develop, and neurological symptoms may worsen. The disease typically responds well to antibiotic treatment.

 

The EM or "bulls eye" rash. Photo courtesy of cdc.gov.

The EM or “bulls eye” rash. Photo courtesy of cdc.gov.

As with any disease that is transmitted through an insect bite, the very best protection against Lyme Disease is to prevent being bitten by ticks. While not all ticks carry Lyme, it is impossible to know whether a tick does or not without scientific testing, so it’s best to just avoid them. Since ticks live in wooded and densely grassy areas, it is important to check for them regularly, especially after you have been traversing such an area. Tick repellents are also very effective at minimizing the number of ticks that may get on you. If you are concerned about chemicals, concentrating application on your shoes will help repel ticks living in the grass.

 

To help control ticks on your property, keep your grass cut regularly and treat your property. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire utilizes barrier sprays and tick tubes to help eliminate ticks and control the population in your yard. Our two-step method effectively eliminates up to 90% of ticks within your treated property. By reducing your exposure to ticks, you can reduce your and your family’s chances of contracting Lyme Disease. Don’t wait. Do something positive during Lyme Disease Awareness Month to prevent the disease. Help reduce the Southern New Hampshire tick population by calling us today and starting with your property.

 

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Lyme Disease in New Hampshire: No Immunity

Adult and Nymph Deer ticks

This side-by-side comparison shows an adult deer tick (left) , with a nymph deer tick (right). Both are very small.

Like many other serious diseases, Lyme disease is no respecter of persons. It strikes the young, old, male, female, overlooked, and famous. This past week, 80’s pop star Debbie Gibson revealed on her blog that she has been battling Lyme Disease. She details her struggles in this announcement, and she is not alone. Other celebrities to have been diagnosed include Jamie Lyn Sigler, star of The Sopranos TV series; Former President George W. Bush; and actor Alec Baldwin. While these cases have received notoriety because of the persons diagnosed are famous, many people contract the illness. According to the CDC, nearly 30,000 cases are reported each year, and many more cases are suspected.

 

The effects of Lyme Disease on the body are serious. The symptoms mimic flu symptoms in many respects (fever, chills, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes) but also include neurological problems. If left untreated, it can cause permanent nerve damage and arthritis. For these people, Lyme Disease truly changes their lives. Early detection and treatment can prevent many of the more severe complications. However, as with most diseases, the very best treatment is prevention. Since the illness can have such a profound impact, it is important to be educated about it and use that information.

 

Tick life cycle chart

Tick life cycle chart

Lyme Disease is a vector borne illness. It is carried by the black-legged tick, commonly known as the “deer tick”. While cold weather simply causes these ticks to hibernate, they proliferate during the summer months, especially in wooded or grassy areas. You are much more likely to contract Lyme during the summer months. People who contract the illness are often bitten by a tick in the nymph stage of development. This is not because more ticks in this stage carry the disease but rather because these ticks are less likely to be detected. The longer an infected tick is attached, the more likely it is to transmit Lyme to its host. Black-legged ticks in the nymph stage are only the size of a comma in newsprint, so often they remain attached until they let go.

 

The best way to prevent being bitten is to prevent exposure to ticks. This is where Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire can help. Our tick treatments are high effective at eliminating ticks on your property and keeping the population under control all season. Help protect your family, guests, and pets from Lyme Disease this season by contacting us today. (Yes, our furry friends can get it too.) Lyme disease can strike anyone, so don’t allow you or those you love to be a statistic.

 

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Ticks are Here in Southern New Hampshire

They’re here. Not the supernatural forces from Poltergeist but tiny ticks that have already been spotted in Southern New Hampshire. Despite our not so pleasant weather later, ticks have already started to emerge around our area, which means new cases of Lyme Disease will soon be coming as well. The state of New Hampshire estimates that 60% of the deer ticks here are infected with Lyme Disease and there are additional tick-borne diseases out there as well.

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Ticks have arrived in Southern New Hampshire

What you are most likely seeing are the young, nymph ticks that are more active from early spring to late summer. These nymph ticks are also the ones most likely to spread disease and they can be very small and difficult to see. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire offers some tips, called the 6 C’s, on how to protect your family from the Southern New Hampshire ticks and the diseases they can spread.

1. Clear – Clear out the areas where ticks thrive: moist, shady areas like dead tree limbs and compost piles.

2. Clean– Keep your yard clean, your lawn cut short and the perimeter free of overgrowth. This will prevent ticks from finding places to hide.

3. Check their hiding places – Ticks likes to hide while waiting for their next blood meal to come along. Check your fences, rocky area and retaining walls. They also like wet areas like creek beds and ponds.

4. Choose plants – There are a variety of plants that deter deer, the favored host of ticks. Using these plants in your yard will keep deer and the ticks hitching a ride from entering your yard.

Protecting your pets from ticks is important.

Protecting your pets from ticks is important.

5. Care for family pets – Your pets are just as likely to get a tick bite in your yard and can suffer from Lyme Diseases as well. Make sure you check your pets carefully and frequently and stay up to date with their flea and tick control from your veterinarian.

6. Call the Pros – To eliminate up to 90% of ticks in your yard, call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. Our proven 2-step tick control and prevention service utilizes a 21-day barrier sprays to eliminate ticks on the vegetation in your yard and tick tubes that target the younger nymph ticks residing in rodents dens.

If you do find a tick on yourself, family member or your pets, proper removal is important. While there are many techniques and tools out there, the Center for Disease Control suggests using a regular pair of tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and steadily pull upward. Avoid any twisting motion that could leave the mouth of the tick in tact. Follow up by cleaning the area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Now is the time to call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. The trees in our area are just starting to bud and will quickly become favored areas for the ticks we have already seen. Having our barrier spray and tick tubes protecting

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

your yard is most effective when we start early to prevent ticks from entering in the first place. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is ready to stop ticks in their tracks with our proven dual protection tick control and prevention treatment.

 

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How Ticks Are Affecting Wildlife and Why It’s Important to Control them in Your New Hampshire Yard

Living in New Hampshire, you have probably about the declining moose population in our state. Moose are important to our culture but their numbers are rapidly decreasing in New Hampshire with estimates ranging from 7,500 five years ago to about 4,500 today. One of the main reasons for this decline is due to the small ticks so prevalent in our area and the diseases they transmit. According to the Center for Disease Control, New Hampshire had the highest number of

The moose population in NH is declining partially due to ticks and their diseases.

The moose population in NH is declining partially due to ticks and their diseases.

recorded cases of tick-borne Lyme Disease in 2012. Sources say that actual cases are ten times higher than those that are actually reported. That’s why Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire wants to help protect you and your family from ticks and the diseases they carry.

 

Ticks not only have a detrimental affect moose but humans and other animals as well. But recent findings indicate that small mice, the favored host for the ticks that transmit Lyme Disease, are not affected in the least bit. The study lead by Sarah Lawrence University found that mice with hundreds of ticks survived without contracted Lyme Disease as easily as mice with only a few ticks. With the increased urban renewal in New Hampshire, these mice, and the ticks that hitch a ride with them, are coming closer and closer to our yards and homes.

 

That’s why now it is more important than ever to control ticks in your yard. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire can help you control the tick population with our two-step approach. Step one includes

Evidence that the treated cotton in our tick traps being used as nesting material.

Evidence of the treated cotton in our tick traps being used as nesting material.

tick traps strategically placed in your yard, optimally in the early spring, and again in late summer. The traps contain treated cotton that is found by mice and taken back to their dens to be used as nesting material. The cotton eliminates ticks residing on the mice and dwelling in their dens but does not harm the mice or other animals. Step two is followed with our highly effective barrier spray treatment that is applied every 21-days, knocking out the ticks in your yard and on your foliage. Effectively eliminating ticks in the yard and within the rodent’s nests effectively stops future generations from forming as well.

 

With 300,000 reported diagnoses of Lyme Disease every year and New Hampshire having the highest number of cases, protecting your family is the utmost importance this tick season. Contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today to sign up for our season long intensive tick control and prevention program that effectively eliminates up to 90% of ticks on your treated property. We are ready to wage the war on ticks and answer any questions you may have.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

 

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Why It’s Important to Target Ticks Early in New Hampshire

We’ve made it to April and with the new month come warmer temperatures. While 40’s and 50’s don’t seem like the paradise we have been wishing for, it is warm enough for more than just New Hampshire residents to come out of hibernation. When temperatures climb over 35 degrees, ticks begin emerging from their long winters nap as well.

 

Lyme Disease is carried by the deer tick.

Lyme Disease is carried by the deer tick.

Ticks in New Hampshire are of particular concern because of the large number that carry Lyme Disease. New Hampshire is one of the top five states for Lyme Disease incidence rates and the numbers continue to rise. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, over 50% of deer ticks in most New Hampshire counties are infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. Of course the best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to avoid being bitten by ticks, a feat that can be difficult living in our part of the country. Other ways to keep your family safe are by monitoring, removing and eliminating ticks all together from your yard.

 

  •  Monitor: Frequently check for ticks after being outdoors.
  • Remove: Remove ticks within 24 – 36 hours of attachment to prevent disease transmission.
  • Eliminate: Call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire to eliminate ticks in all stages of their lifecycle and keep them away from your treated property. Our two-step approach starts with our highly effective barrier spray applied every 21-days to the foliage in your yard, where the adult ticks reside. Our second step targets the nymph ticks by strategically placing tick traps around your property in early spring and late summer. The traps contain treated cotton that is taken by rodents to their dens where the nymph ticks live. The cotton is safe for humans and animals but eliminates ticks on contact.

 

Following our two-step intensive tick control and prevention program will effectively eliminate up to 90% of ticks in your yard. Getting started early will not only eliminate those ticks that survived our winter and are looking for a blood meal,

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Keep your family safe from Lyme disease by avoiding tick infested areas and using Mosquito Squad of SONH on the homefront.

it will also prevent future generations from developing.

 

Give Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire a call today to keep you and your family safe from ticks and the diseases they can transmit all season long. Our consultation is always free and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about eliminating ticks and mosquitoes in your yard.  Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

 

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Spring Will Be Coming and Now Is the Time To Think About Protecting Your Family From Mosquitoes and Ticks

Summer fun mosquito free

Summer fun should be mosquito free!

When it comes to New Hampshire, we’ve got the breathtaking mountains, charming villages, beautiful coastal beaches, and one of the worst tick populations anywhere.  Some residents say you take the good with the bad but at Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire; we only want you to have the good.  That’s why we are already planning to eliminate those tiny ticks and pesky mosquitoes in backyards all across Southern New Hampshire.

With the winter we continue to have, it may seem a little early to start thinking about ticks and mosquitoes but now is the time to prepare for your season.  We’ve already received calls from clients who know how well our services work.  All you need for ticks to get active are a couple of warm days.  The adult ticks that have overwintered and the nymph ticks, the most active and hazardous, start crawling around in full force.  Eliminating entire generations of ticks by disrupting their life cycle starts with a tick trap application in early spring.

Ticks can be very small and difficult to see but can carry dangerous diseases.

Ticks can be very small and difficult to see but can carry dangerous diseases.

If you’re ready to start thinking about warmer nights spent outside,  stop by our booth #102 at the Southern NH Spring Home and Landscape Show this weekend at the Rockingham Park Racetrack to sign up for our pre-season deal for new customers.  The show is a great place to gather ideas, see new products and talk to professionals about your outdoor spaces.  Once you’re ready to enjoy these new spaces, you want to be sure you are also protected from the nuisance and potential diseases that both mosquitoes and ticks can carry.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

With over 1500 cases of Lyme Disease in New Hampshire last year, now is the time to protect your family and pets with our tick and mosquito treatment.   Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire  is ready to fight the bite so stop by our booth this weekend or call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

Mosquito Squad of SONH reminds you that all sizes of tick carry disease

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire Gives Ticks a Rude Spring Awakening

It is still winter here in Southern New Hampshire. Every couple days, we are getting snow showers, and with temperatures at or below freezing, we are still wearing coats. But it is late February, which means spring is just around the corner. We are all looking forward to milder days, flowers, and new leaves on the trees. The arrival of warm weather will bring cute bunnies and baby birds, but cute animals won’t be the only newbies out and about. Spring will wake a far creepier creature – the tick. Ticks have a life span of two years. In our terms, this is not very long, but it is plenty of time for the tick to be a nuisance and even cause damage by transmitting diseases to our families and pets.

Mosquito Squad of SONH reminds you that all sizes of tick carry diseaseWhile many different species of these insects are a nuisance, the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) is particularly dangerous because of its ability to carry and transmit Lyme disease to humans and animals. During the deer tick’s life cycle, it passes through four stages – egg, larvae, nymph, and adult. A tick is typically infected with Lyme disease when, in its larval stage, it feeds on an infected rodent or bird. During any feeding after infection, it can transmit Lyme disease to its new host. The tick’s nymph stage is actually the most dangerous to humans and pets. During this stage, the tick posses the disease, and it is extremely small, the size of a poppyseed or a comma in newsprint. While an adult tick is still capable of spreading Lyme disease, its size (though still small) makes it easier to discover and remove before infection occurs. The longer a tick is attached the more likely it is to pass Lyme to a host, so the incredibly small size of nymphs makes them the most likely to give humans or pets Lyme disease. Deer tick nymphs are active and feeding during the spring and summer months. Though they are dormant right now, all it takes is a few warm days to wake them.

ticks-warning-signLyme is a disease of concern here in our area. The CDC has reported that, in 2012, 95% of all reported Lyme disease cases occurred in 13 states. New Hampshire was one of these states. Since we are aware that the disease is a risk every year, it is important to act now in order to protect you and your family. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is ready to give the ticks from Windham to Candia and east from Seabrook Beach to Portsmouth a rude spring awakening. We combat the tick population with a combination of control methods and by interrupting their life cycle. Our barrier spray eradicates ticks in the adult stage, and tick traps effectively eliminate them in the nymph stage. By using both of these methods, we can reduce your risk of exposure to ticks by 97%, and by reducing the number of ticks in your yard, you reduce the risk of Lyme disease.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Don’t give ticks a chance to bite the people and animals you love, let alone infect them. Contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire  to discuss our tick control options. We can put them to sleep forever just as soon as they wake up. Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

Results of research on Lyme Disease conducted by the CDC indicate the occurence of disease is more widespread than we may have ever imagined!

Mosquito Squad of SONH reminds you that all sizes of tick carry disease

All sizes of ticks can carry and spread Lyme disease.

Each year more than 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year. This staggering number makes Lyme Disease the most commonly reported tick illness in the United States. What makes this number even harder to swallow is according to findings recently released by the CDC in three separate ongoing studies, those reported 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease per annum are just the tip of the iceberg.

The CDC presented the preliminary estimates based on their studies this past Sunday night in Boston at the 2013 International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases. According to the CDC the studies aim to define the approximate number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. The first project analyzes medical claims information for approximately 22 million insured people annually for six years, the second project is based on a survey of clinical laboratories and the third project analyzes self-reported Lyme disease cases from a survey of the general public. The new estimate suggests that the total number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease is roughly 10 times higher than the yearly reported number.  This new estimate supports studies published in the 1990s indicating that the true number of cases is between 3- and 12-fold higher than the number of reported cases, according to the CDC.

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Lyme Disease s is carried by the deer tick.

These new estimates confirm what many specialists in the field have felt all along, It solidifies the impact of Lyme Disease on the public is huge and we must emphasize the urgent need to heighten awareness of the disease, broaden efforts to reduce ticks and minimize the risk of public health problems from the disease. Part of these renewed efforts would include a community approach involving homeowners trying to eliminate ticks in their own yards, and communities addressing a variety of issues. These issues include rodents that carry the Lyme disease bacteria, deer that play a key role in the ticks’ life cycle, suburban planning, and the interaction between deer, rodents, ticks, and humans. All must be addressed to effectively fight Lyme disease.

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire continues to make every effort to reduce the risk of residents in NH through our tick control and prevention aimed at preventing Lyme Disease. Those that are customers and receive our service are reducing their risk of coming into contact with a tick that could potentially be carrying the bacteria that causes the diseases by up to 97%. If you are not on our service, signing up can give you peace of mind in knowing you are making every effort to make sure you and your family stay healthy. Successful tick control and prevention begins in your own backyard because your home is where you and your family spend the greatest majority of your time. Imagine, if you will, the impact of every resident utilizing a tick control and prevention program in just one town- at a 97% reduction in ticks that could be carrying Lyme Disease or another tick borne illness- the results would be mind-boggling in terms of tick-borne disease reduction! Though this scenario is imaginary, it confirms the impact you can make in reducing the risk of tick-borne illness on your property.

ticks-warning-signMosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is dedicated to keeping you safe from Lyme disease with our tick intensive control and prevention treatment. We combine safe and effective barrier sprays that kill adult ticks with tick traps (for nymph ticks) which interrupt the life cycle of the tick eliminating it before it has a chance to spread infection to you. We’ve had great success with our tick trap program which can dramatically reduce the chance of coming into contact with a tick on your treated property.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

If you want to learn more about keeping the most important people in your life protected from the tick that could potentially give them Lyme disease, contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today. Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

Mosquito Squad of SoNH has the answer to fighting the tiny terror known as the deer tick

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Ticks that cause Lyme Disease are all around us, staying tick smart is key to staying healthy.

Even though you might not have seen a tick yet this season, that doesn’t mean they are not out there. Ticks are tiny disease-carrying creatures. Even when they are considered to be in the adult stage of their life cycle, they remain hard to identify. Since ticks do go through three different phases during their life, it is important to know what to expect when protecting yourself against them. The deer tick is probably the most well-known of all species of ticks. The deer tick is solely responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease here in the US, and is a known vector of other diseases such as Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis. Here in New Hampshire the deer tick is a primary threat to both people and pets in causing tick-borne illnesses. With this in mind, Mosquito Squad of Southern NH is helping to not only protect residents from the threat of this disease ridden invader, but to also make residents more aware of the tick itself.tick-life-cycle-chart

The deer tick can live up to two years and during that time will undergo three separate cycles. It takes about two years for the tick to hatch from the egg, go through all three stages, reproduce, and then die. The stages of a deer tick’s life cycle are larva, nymph and adult.  Like all species of ticks, deer ticks require a blood meal to progress to each successive stage in their life cycles. It is a little known fact that a newborn deer tick is actually born free of disease and only through feeding off of animals already infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease will they become a carrier. The irony here is that the when the larva initially become infected it is because their host is already infected from a previous bite from a tick which was infected with Lyme Disease; in most cases the initial host is a rodent.

Mosquito Squad of SONH reminds you that all sizes of tick carry disease

All sizes of ticks can carry and spread Lyme disease.

In our neck of the woods, most deer ticks are presently in the nymph stage of their life cycle. We begin to see nymphal activity beginning in May. According to The American Lyme Disease Foundation, “Host-seeking nymphs wait on vegetation near the ground for a small mammal or bird to approach. The nymph will then latch on to its host and feed for four or five days, engorging with blood and swelling to many times its original size. If previously infected during its larval stage, the nymph may transmit the Lyme disease spirochete to its host. If not previously infected, the nymph may become infected if its host carries the Lyme disease spirochete from previous infectious tick bites. In highly endemic areas of the northeast and upper Midwest, 25% of nymphs have been found to harbor the Lyme disease spirochete”.  The peak time for humans to come into contact with potentially infected nymph ticks is late May through July. This is the period where the most human infection occurs. Nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed, and often go unnoticed until fully engorged, and are therefore responsible for nearly all human Lyme Disease cases.

The important thing to remember is that even though the nymph deer tick is so tiny, it can really pack a punch in perpetuating Lyme Disease. Research indicates that a tick must remain attached from 24-36 hours in order to pass the bacteria responsible for causing Lyme onto us. A tiny tick is more likely to be completely overlooked than a more mature tick and therefore is likely to remain attached longer. The fact that the tick is so small at this time places the impetus on protecting your yard to reduce the risk of infection because it is difficult to protect yourself otherwise.

Outdoor living places us in the tick's habitat.

Outdoor living places us in the tick’s habitat.

The danger of the nymph stage of the tick  is not to underscore the potential of adult ticks to spread disease. All sizes of ticks carry the capability to spread disease and for this reason it is important to exercise common sense when venturing into unprotected areas. To stay fully protected at your home we recommend utilizing a tick intensive control and prevention program to reduce the risk of coming into contact with a potentially infected tick in the first place. Our barrier spray and tick trap program will eliminate most of the ticks in your yard for the entire season. Removing the source of the disease is the best way to stay healthy and happy this season. Your own yard is where you and your loved ones will spend the most time so the first step in tick protection is protecting your yard by creating a shield through our barrier spray program.

We combine effective barrier sprays that kill adult ticks with tick traps (for nymph ticks) to interrupt the life cycle of the tick eliminating it before it has a chance to spread infection to you. We’ve had great success with our tick trap program which can reduce the chance of coming into contact with a tick on your treated property by up to 97%. Statistics like this are hard to beat.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

If you want to learn more about keeping the most important people in your life protected from the tick that could potentially give them Lyme disease, contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today. Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com