Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s Ultimate Protection Against Mosquitoes and Ticks

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire provides the ultimate protection against mosquitoes and ticks, backed by the ultimate service. We treat your yard with our effective barrier spray to eliminate mosquitoes and ticks on contact and keeps additional pests out of your yard.  For ultimate protection and ultimate service all season long, call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire.

 

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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

 

 

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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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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

 

 

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Is There a Better Way to Control Mosquitoes and Ticks in Your New Hampshire Yard? You Bet!

With the mosquito and tick season gearing up, we have been receiving calls from happy customers renewing their services for the upcoming season. We have also received calls asking why our service is better than other mosquito control companies around the area. That’s a question we

Mosquito and tick together

Mosquitoes and ticks are ready to emerge for the season.

love to answer because we know there are advantages to Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s service over other companies.

 

When it comes to mosquito and tick control, you want to be assured you are receiving the most complete service to keep your family safe all season long. It’s important to do your research to ensure you are receiving the best protection and that it lasts all season long. When talking with mosquito and tick control companies, be sure you get answers to these important questions:

 

1. Is the company properly licensed? New Hampshire does require a license to perform pest control services. There are several categories of licenses so be sure the company does have the proper categorized license before performing any services. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire has been licensed for 15 years to ensure our services are at the highest, most effective level.

 

2. How many products will the company be using throughout the season? Some companies use the same product at the same concentration throughout the season. This concentration may work in the beginning but as the mosquito and tick activity picks up, their products will not be as effective. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire uses up to 5 different products throughout the season to increase the efficiency of the product as the mosquito and tick activity increases. Additional add-on products are used to keep your mosquito and tick control at its highest level.

 

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Our barrier spray program eliminates and prevents mosquitoes and ticks the entire season.

3. How long does the product last? Some companies use the cheapest products available on the market and you will notice that in the level of protection. The cheaper products will not weather well. If it stays dry for three weeks, you will continue to have moderate control but if you get any kind of precipitation, your mosquito and tick control will be reduced dramatically. With Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire, you will continue to have superior control up to 21-days, when we come back to apply an additional treatment. That is because our barrier spray encompasses a micro encapsulated product that protects it from precipitation and keeps it from washing away.

 

4. What is their policy on re-treating? There may come a time throughout your season when you begin to see mosquitoes and ticks out with a vengeance between your treatments. Does your mosquito and tick control company offer to come out and re-treat before your next scheduled treatment? Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire will come out to evaluate your property for the increased activity and re-treat it if needed free of charge.

 

5. What is their service guarantee? Does your mosquito and tick control company guarantee their services for the highest level of protection to your family? It should. Your complete satisfaction is very important to Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. If you find you are not completely satisfied, give us a call and we will make it right. We stand behind our 100% satisfaction guarantee because we are confident in our products and services.

 

In addition to these questions, make sure you are comparing prices for the same acreage of your property and the same length of time. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire will always give you an accurate quote based on your complete acreage and for season long protection. Give us

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

a call today at (603) 373 – 8863. We’d be happy to give you a quote and answer any additional questions you may have. We’re sure you’ll see why Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is the best choice in mosquito and tick protection for your Southern New Hampshire yard.

 

 

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

 

Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com
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Where Do Ticks and Mosquitoes Go for the Winter?

So it’s no secret that those of us who reside in the northern portions of the US love to go south for a break during the winter. If you’re retired, this break is probably a bit more of an extended stay, but even those of us who are in the flourish of our careers love a journey to a warmer climate. And who can blame us? Winters here are harsh. Birds do it; we should get to do it too. Recently, I returned from a rejuvenating trip to sunny Florida. And since I’m thinking of my favorite way to escape winter, I thought you might be interested in knowing how ticks and mosquitoes escape. Obviously, they don’t get away like birds and people, and knowing how and where they spend the winter helps Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire address your tick and mosquito problems in the spring, summer, and fall.

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

All sizes of ticks can carry and spread Lyme disease.

Let’s begin with ticks. The most worrisome variety here in the area is the blacklegged tick (commonly called the deer tick). It is the foremost carrier of Lyme disease, transmits a host of other tick-bourne illnesses, and lives up to two years. The University of Rhode Island supports a large tick research and education program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and many health care groups. According to their research, ticks survive winter weather in much the same fashion as bears. They hibernate or become dormant. But they only do this when the ground is frozen; any other time, they are active. Ticks are very resilient creatures and capable of surviving harsh conditions in piles of fallen leaves and fallen, rotting logs.

Mosquitoes – those painful summertime nuisances and carriers of a swath of diseases including West Nile virus – are famous for how quickly they reproduce. Unlike the tick, the lifespan of a mosquito is relatively short, about a month. But they do survive winter, or we would never have to worry about them again. The Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University maintains that

Mosquito eggs

Reducing the risk of contracting West Nile begins with eliminating areas where mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs.

many mosquitoes become dormant, like ticks, by entering hollow logs, animal burrows, or basements. Some mosquitoes that cannot survive by hibernation lay winter-hardy eggs, which hatch in the spring when temperatures rise in to the 60s, and some mosquitoes hibernate during their larval stage in the mud of swamps and ponds in order to survive the freeze.

So what does this mean for us? Remember that during the winter you can still combat the tick and mosquito populations by getting rid of fallen leaves and keeping the land around your home as dry as possible. Of course now that the weather is warming, it is time to begin planning for spring and summer tick and mosquito control. So call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today. We will work with you to set up a control plan that will help protect you, your family, and your pets all summer long.

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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

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