Combat the Growing Tick Population in Southern New Hampshire

Despite a cold winter, the tick population is increasing.

Despite a cold winter, the tick population is increasing.

If you haven’t started thinking about tick prevention, now is a great time to do so. New Hampshire station WMUR Channel 9 reported this past week that tick populations may be on the rise. This conclusion is based on information from state entomologists and the CDC. Anytime the tick population increases, there is an increased risk for contractinga tick-borne disease. Such diseases include Lyme disease, babessiosis, and anaplasmosis. To many, an increase in the tick population may seem a little far-fetched since this past winter was so harsh, but it really isn’t.

 

Ticks are actually quite adept at surviving even brutal winter conditions. They can even remain active throughout winter if the ground is not frozen. Of course, our New Hampshire ground was plenty frozen this past winter, but that doesn’t necessarily kill them. Dr. Thomas Mather from the Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology at the University of Rhode Island illustrated on TickEncounter.org (an education project based at this university) that deer ticks can even survive underneath a blanket of snow. Typically, in very frigid conditions, ticks hibernate like bears. They may take shelter in rotten logs or underneath fallen trees to help them survive until spring.

 

Reduce your risk of tick-borne disease by eliminating ticks in your yard.

Reduce your risk of tick-borne disease by eliminating ticks in your yard.

With an even greater tick population in the forecast this season, it is time to start taking precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from tick bites and the diseases they carry. Vigilance is always the best defense against ticks. Be sure that you check yourself, your kids, and your pets regularly, especially after time spent in wooded or grassy areas. Remove any attached ticks promptly because the longer a tick is attached the more likely it is to transmit a disease if it is infected. Use tick repellents during outdoor activity, especially on your shoes. And be sure to treat your yard for ticks. Most of the time you and your family spend outdoor will be in your own yard, so reduce the number of ticks in that environment by calling Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. Our two-step tick treatment program is extremely effective at eliminating ticks because it targets them two different ways – barrier spray and tick tubes.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

It’s true that winter may not have affected the ticks in your yard, but Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire can. So don’t wait. Call us for a free quote today, and do something to reduce your risk of tick exposure. • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com
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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

 

 

Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com
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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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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

 

Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com
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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

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

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is waging war on Lyme disease and the ticks that carry the disease.

Dread Skeeter for MS of SONHThe dangers of tick borne illnesses such as Lyme disease are no laughing matter. Lyme disease is the sixth highest notable disease in North America and continues to rise. Lyme disease is only found in thirteen states in the U.S. This small concentration of confirmed cases  of the disease means the case load of Lyme within these 13 states is epidemic. Southern New Hampshire has become a hot bed for Lyme disease. Just a little over 20 years ago only three towns in New Hampshire had reported cases of Lyme disease occurrences. In 2012, 119 cities in New Hampshire had reports of confirmed cases of the disease. The problem of Lyme only continues to get worse as more than one thousand new cases of the disease are reported in New Hampshire each year.

These numbers reflect only the tip of the iceberg with many cases going  unreported or being misdiagnosed. Lyme disease is known as “the great pretender” and can mimic the symptoms of many other illnesses. Our goal at Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is to heighten the awareness of Lyme disease through knowledge, control and prevention. It is crucial for residents to learn how you contract the disease, how to tell if you may have the disease and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting Lyme disease. We answer these important questions for you in simple terms.

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

All sizes of ticks can carry and spread Lyme disease.

How do you get Lyme disease?

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease is called Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium lives within the gut of infected ticks and is passed on to humans and other mammals from being bitten by a tick carrying the bacterium. The deer tick or black-legged tick is the main vector of Lyme disease transmission. Although adult and nymph (baby) ticks are capable of spreading the disease, nymph ticks are harder to detect and have a better chance of transmitting the disease because they are tiny and are difficult to see. Studies have shown the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted. Nymph ticks stand a greater chance of remaining undetected and thus have plenty of time to pass the bacterium onto us.

How do I know if I have Lyme disease?

Not every tick carries Lyme disease. If you find a tick on you or your pet, it is important to remove it following the CDC’s safe tick removal procedures. It is also important to keep the tick in a small vial or spent medicine bottle marked with the date the tick was found in the event you become ill. Proper diagnosis of the disease is easier when the tick can also be tested for the presence of the Lyme bacterium. If you have been bitten by a tick and start to feel ill it is important to contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of Lyme disease vary from person to person but many people infected with the disease begin to show symptoms 3-30 days following being bitten. These symptoms can include the well-known bull’s-eye rash known as erythema migrans. This rash starts at the location of the bite and expands into a red circular pattern. Other signs include flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches. Swollen lymph nodes and a small raised bump at the site of the tick bite are also commonly reported as symptoms of the Lyme disease in the early localized stage.

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Erythema migrans is the distinct bulls-eye rash that Lyme is best known for.

If Lyme disease goes untreated or undiagnosed the next stage of the disease is known as the early disseminated stage. Lyme disease during this stage can produce an array of symptoms that come and go.  Some of these symptoms may include erythema migrans rash, loss of muscle control on the face, dizziness, neck stiffness and severe headaches as a result of Meningitis, heart palpitations and pain and swelling throughout the body.

Late stages of the disease are referred to as late disseminated stage Lyme disease. This stage of Lyme disease can cause arthritis and neurological disorders. Prognosis for Lyme disease is good if the disease is diagnosed early. Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. The longer the disease goes untreated the greater the risk of suffering from acute symptoms that can persist for years. In particular Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, also called chronic Lyme disease is a concern and can lead to continual aches and pains for years even following treatment with antibiotics.

Being diagnosed with Lyme disease can lead to many problems, and can change a person’s life immensely. When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from Lyme disease, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Reducing your exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease. Utilizing a tick control and prevention program along with staying tick smart will reduce your risk of coming into contact with a potentially infected tick.

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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.

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Mosquito 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. Tick traps (for nymph ticks) 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.

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.comno ticks

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is a mosquito and tick control system that virtually eliminates mosquitoes, ticks and other flying pests from your yard when using our barrier spray. We also provide special event and commercial barrier control sprays. Mosquitoes and ticks are carriers of West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. Take back your yard by implementing the Mosquito Squad barrier control spray system throughout this spring and summer. At Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire, our motto is Live Mosquito Free or Die.