Just like other insects, ticks have a breeding season and special years when they will be seen everywhere. According to ecologists, 2017 appears to be an explosive year, and we expect to see more ticks around than we saw in 2016. The reason why ecologists think that we might experience a large population of ticks in 2017 is that the number of Lyme-carrying ticks has dramatically increased and if the mice plague that was experienced in the Northeast is anything to go by, it means that we may need to work hard to fight the menace this year.
When the Lyme-carrying mice are bitten by ticks, they transmit 95 % of the Lyme pathogen to the ticks. When these ticks bite a deer, pets or human beings, they instantly transmit the disease to them. When ticks bite humans, they transmit the bacteria to them, and after a few days, observable symptoms such as fever, red skin, fatigue, and headache will be seen. Luckily, the ailment can be treated by using antibiotics. However, if the Lyme disease is not treated early, it may spread to the muscles, the nervous system, and the heart. It is the reason why you should ensure that pest control for dog ticks is in place.
Cases of Lyme diseases have tripled in the past two decades especially in Wisconsin and Minnesota this is attributed to global warming and climate change. Warmer winters make it easier for the ticks to survive. Also, the increase in the number of deer is also believed to be playing a critical role and allow for quick multiplication of ticks in the world.
If we want to protect ourselves from Lyme Disease, it is important that we put in place flea and tick treatment strategies to help control the pests.
Pest Control for Ticks
Spraying for Ticks
Spraying is the best method for pest control for fleas and ticks. Professional companies, like All-State Pest and Lawn, can come out and apply pro-grade pesticide at your home. They can also identify problem areas in your lawn and give those areas extra attention. Keep your family safe by letting All-State Pest and Lawn spray your yard to decrease the risk of ticks.
Other Pest Control for Ticks Tips for Your Lawn
According to the CDC, spraying a lawn for ticks is not your only defense. Here are a few other tips to help keep your family and pets tick-free.
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
- Mow the lawn frequently.
- Stack wood neatly and in a dry area (discourages rodents).
- Keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees.
- Discourage unwelcome animals (such as deer, raccoons, and stray dogs) from entering your yard by constructing fences.
- Remove old furniture, mattresses, or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide.
In conclusion, it is important to note that spraying your yard with chemicals will help to keep the deer tick away. Also, make sure that you carry out flea and tick treatments to help keep other pests at bay.