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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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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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

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!

enjoy the 4th of july holiday mosquito free with Mosquito Squad of SoNH

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.

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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

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.

Southern NH tick protection and control

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

Southern NH tick protection and control

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.

Mosquito Squad of SONH

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