Let’s face it, we’re in tick country. If you’ve gone outside at all in the past few months, you’ve more than likely come into contact with a tick or two. However, there’s more you can do to ensure that you’re reducing the likelihood of coming into contact with potential disease-carrying ticks. In fact, in a recent article in Wicked Local, “Ticks can transmit several diseases, including Lyme disease and Powassan virus. There were more than 4,500 reported cases of Lyme disease in Massachusetts in 2016, and some are bracing for a potential uptick this year”. But, fret not, you can simply call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Worcester for all your tick control needs.
What’s the danger of Powassan virus?
Another tick-borne illness, similar only to Lyme in the fact that it’s tick-borne. Powassan virus is much rarer and is usually more serious than Lyme and is capable of causing swelling of the brain. When it comes to protecting your family from ticks, we can ensure the tick population within your yard is reduced by up to 90%. According to the same Wicked Local article, “Massachusetts has had 15 cases of Powassan virus since 2013, including two this year. The infections have resulted in three deaths”. While this sounds startling, there’s still more research needed on Powassan. In fact, it seems, “…likely that many people infected with the virus never present any symptoms…”.
What can you do to keep ticks out of your yard?
You can follow the 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing Your Yard. They are as follows:
- Clear out: Clear out surplus lawn debris to reduce your exposure to ticks. Ticks thrive in moist shady areas, making it vital to keep compost piles far away from high traffic areas.
- Clean: Mow your lawn frequently, keeping it nice and short. Clean up grass clippings and leaf litter to avoid giving ticks a place to stay cool and moist.
- Choose plants: Check with your local nursery to choose the best deer repelling plants for your unique yard. You can also install physical barriers such as fencing to keep deer out.
- Check hiding places: Ticks love to hide along the base of fences, retaining walls and within wood piles. Check those hiding places regularly to eliminate ticks that may have assembled.
- Care for family pets: Pets can be infected with tick-borne diseases too. They also can carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick prevention for your pets. As with all pest control products, follow the directions carefully.
- Call in the Pros: Mosquito Squad of Worcester can eliminate 85-90% of the ticks in your yard with intensive tick treatment (our traditional barrier spray plus the addition of tick tubes placed twice a year).
If you’re looking to keep your yard free of Powassan and Lyme disease-carrying ticks, call Mosquito Squad of Worcester today at 508-659-9302, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!