When it comes to gaining complete control over ticks and the diseases they carry, Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire knows that timing is everything!

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Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, but keep in mind the risks of tick-borne illness are not on holiday-

As many of you prepare for that last summer excursion or gather outdoors to celebrate Labor Day, Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire reminds you that the dangers of tick-borne illness are still present. As we move into autumn ticks are still lurking and feeding, which means now is the time to remain steadfast in your tick control in order to reduce the risk of contracting a tick-borne illness such as Lyme Disease.

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire realizes the importance of utilizing a tick control and prevention program throughout the season to ensure full protection up until the time when ticks are no longer active in our region. Research indicates deer ticks that transmit Lyme disease remain on the prowl until temperatures dip well below 40 degrees, and can be found in leaf litter and other debris throughout the autumn still posing a health risk to residents of the Granite state. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, people should take precautions to prevent being bitten by ticks and potentially exposed to Lyme disease or other illnesses. There were 1,301 cases of Lyme identified in the state in 2011 and 1,460 in 2012. Included in these numbers for last season were 429 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Hillsborough County in 2012 and 550 confirmed and probable cases of the disease in Rockingham County. These numbers indicate the probability of more Lyme Disease cases for 2013 is present.

The greatest risk for Lyme is between the months of May and August when the black-legged tick is in the juvenile stage; it’s the size of a poppy-seed and very difficult to detect, so individuals may be unaware they have been bitten. All sizes of ticks can transmit disease and ticks that transmit Lyme can also transmit other diseases, such as Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis. Although not as common as Lyme, both diseases can also cause illness. Even adult deer ticks can be difficult to detect being smaller than other species of ticks. An adult deer tick is about the size of a sesame seed.

Tick life cycle chart

Tick life cycle chart

The best way to remain protected from the risks associated with ticks, even up into the fall, is our two-tiered tick control approach which utilizes the right tick control at the right time. This ensures that each life cycle of the tick is controlled within your treated area of property. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire targets the various stages of the tick’s life cycle to gain the most control over these tiny terrors. Ticks have four stages of life which consist of  egg, larva, nymph and adult. The way the tick feeds during each stage of its life cycle determines which tick control treatment works most effectively. The deer tick, for example, is highly prevalent in our region and is one of the ticks responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease. Deer ticks, once hatched, will hitch a ride via a field mouse back to the home of that mouse and will feed from the mouse and her young during the larval stage. Once the tick has fed from the mice, it then becomes a nymph. The tick will then find a secondary host to feed from such as a dog, a cat, a human or another mammal that leads the tick nearer our homes. The nymph tick is the most dangerous and likely to transmit Lyme disease. Nymph ticks in many cases have fed on the mice from the previous summer while still in the larval stages and are hungry once weather conditions are conducive for them to attack. Unfortunately, the tiny tick appears at the same time many homeowners are outside enjoying the outdoors. The third stage of the tick’s life cycle is the adult stage. These ticks usually appear in the fall. The adult deer tick is still small in comparison to other tick species and can be hard detect and can still spread disease and illness. Taking precautions to control ticks from larva to adult will not only help control this season’s ticks it will also bring the numbers down for next year’s tick season as well.

Adult and Nymph Deer ticks

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

Mosquito Squad of SoNH knows that timing and the use of combination tick control works best to control the tick in all life cycles. The best defense against ticks is using tick traps in conjunction with our barrier sprays. This is the best weapon to fight ticks for the entire season-nymph through adult. Tick traps work efficiently to kill the early staged ticks. The tick trap program we use includes small tubes placed strategically on your property that have treated cotton tucked inside. The field mice take the tubes’ contents back to their nest and in doing so, kill the larval ticks that are residing there. These traps are lethal to ticks but safe for mammals such as mice, dogs, and people. Plus the mice get a little help in return “feathering” their nests. Using tick traps properly can reduce your risk of coming into contact with a tick on your property by up to 97%.  Our highly effective barrier sprays kill ticks within your treated area during the later stages of the tick’s maturity. Staying on a regular regimen of spraying throughout the season will reduce your risk of coming into contact with a tick.

Mosquito Squad of SONH

The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

We urge you to remain vigilant with your tick control and prevention practices as we move into the fall. Now is not the time to become complacent about the very real issue of tick-borne diseases. 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

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