With Lyme disease on the rise, people need to take special care to avoid tick encounters amid the COVID-19 crisis.
TICK SPRAYING IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE ONES YOU LOVE.
With tick and mosquito-borne diseases on the rise in CT, tick control services in the state are becoming more important than ever. Luckily, Tick Control, LLC makes spraying your property a simple task- just call us! Our knowledgeable specialists are dedicated to protecting your family from deer ticks, dog ticks, and the risks of tick-borne illness. After all, no one wants Lyme disease.
Unlike a lawn care service, we are focused exclusively on tick prevention. It is all we do and we do it extremely well! Our commercial-grade tick pesticides are kid-safe, pet-safe and precisely mixed to protect your family all season long.
There are plenty of measures that can be implemented to reduce the chances of being bitten by a tick - But there are none that are more effective than having your yard professionally sprayed for ticks. Our technicians are not low-level employees. Every are highly-trained and educated specialists that have made tick control their passion. They possess extensive knowledge and up-to-date certifications so they can deliver the very best tick control money can buy. Tick Control, LLC offers synthetic and natural (organic) pesticides to meet your needs and maintains properly calibrated tick spraying equipment at all times.
Tick Control, LLC spares no expense in delivering you the finest name-brand products and services at the lowest prices possible. Your family deserves protection that is unparalleled and only Tick Control, LLC utilizes the very best tick control methods. We strive to deliver it! And yes, our tick sprays are very safe for pets! Our phone number is (888) 910-8425.
WHY IS TICK CONTROL, LLC BETTER THAN OTHER TICK CONTROL COMPANIES IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT?
We are not just tick sprayers, we are tick spraying specialists. We use only name-brand products mixed and applied to exact specifications. Because our staff is properly trained and state-certified, our technicians are experts. The professional demeanor and care for yard is unparalleled. Simply put, we know how get rid of ticks on your property and offer the very best yard treatments for ticks. Tick Control, LLC is dedicated to public health and safety. It is our top priority. If you're serious about preventing ticks, there is no match for Tick Control, LLC.
HAVE A TICK INFESTATION IN YOUR YARD?
We can help! Deer tick and dog tick infestations in house and yard are no match for our highly-trained professionals. We offer the safest, most thorough and effective service money can buy. We use only quality name-brand tick control products paired with commercial high-pressure tick sprayers. The end result is protection at every inch of your backyard.
LAWN CARE SERVICE?
Are you trusting a lawn care service with your family's health and safety? We are state trained and certified to properly and safely protect the ones you love from the risks of tick-borne illness. Remember - If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
IS THERE TICK CONTROL NEAR ME?
Do you provide tick control for acreage in my town? Yes! Tick Control, LLC services Fairfield County and New Haven County. We have tick exterminators in your neighborhood. If you see one of our truck, simply stop us and ask for a FREE quote. Our highly trained staff would be happy to serve you.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY TICKS IN THE NORTHEAST? Tick Control, LLC
Connecticut is one of the most concentrated areas of ticks in the world. Residents of Connecticut know firsthand the dangers of ticks and their potential for the spread of Lyme disease. But what's less known is that Connecticut’s coastline and seasonal climate is contributing to the activity and survivability of ticks. It is true, excessive humidity and precipitation of the Northeast’s changing seasons can create the perfect storm for tick outbreaks and dangerous infestations.
It is a common misconception that ticks thrive only during the warmer months. But this is not entirely the case. Fluctuating temperatures do not have a detrimental effect on ticks. In fact, climate change may even cause acceleration or an extension of their developmental cycle.
You might be disappointed to learn that adult black-legged deer ticks are shockingly resistant to cold weather and very active in the fall and winter as well. Therefore, adult ticks can remain actively pursuing a host in your yard if winter temperatures hit 45 degrees Fahrenheit. These scenarios indicate why we have difficulties in knocking down the tick population in the Northeast. They survive cold winters, thrive in warmer winters, and their population year to year continues to grow.
Ticks are arachnids, they are sort of a cousin to spiders. Unlike insects, as adults they have eight legs and they take host in warm-blooded mammals and birds. The cold does not stop or kill them. In seasons of excessive cold and snow, the ground and low lying leaves can be shielded by insulating snow which protects the ticks. In addition, the low underbrush can remain humid and wet for extended periods of time due to the melting snow and ice.
Ticks love moisture. 85% humidity is optimal and such conditions can assist ticks in living past the larval stage of development. That said, seasons of less snow or rainfall could result in a leveling off of ticks due to their inability to regulate water content after feeding.
Extended extreme temperatures and late snow accumulation can be ideal conditions for populations to increase. Care should be taken to keep mice out of your home during the colder months (when they want to come in) because they often carry ticks and can bring them in closer to your family.
"Ticks that we find in the Spring were most likely born the previous year."
Ticks that we find in the Spring were most likely born the previous year. While the larvae may lie dormant in the winter months, the nymphs become very active in the Spring. They are extremely small and can easily go unnoticed. But they can be dangerous carriers of disease.
Ticks move through several stages; egg, larvae, nymph and adult. After hatching, moving from one stage to the next requires a blood meal and ticks can survive for a very long time to get one. It is a fact that ticks overwinter and can take up to two to three years (depending on the type of tick) to complete their life cycle. Cold does not affect them the way it does some insects and they rarely die off because of it.
In the spring, adult female ticks that have completed their two year life cycle will breed on their host and drop off to lay thousands of eggs. This can be anywhere, including in your home, on carpeting, beds sheets, grass, etc. Within a few short months, we are suddenly more outnumbered than before.
The warmth and humidity of the coastline is exactly what ticks need to thrive. The spring weather sprouts forth new growth that allows ticks to climb and better reach their hosts. It also brings their hosts out of hiding. As the frost thaws, and Spring warms the environment, nymphs will begin questing, or perching on tall grass and leaves awaiting a host in rodents, deer, and other animals that may be out foraging in the warmer weather. Without jumping or flying, they will latch on to an unsuspecting host that brushes by. Like the adult females, a nymph will feed for about five days on it’s host and then drop off until they mature into adults.
By fall, the same ticks are adults and are active among the foliage. If the weather has provided enough moisture via rainfall and they have found their final host, they will begin their last feeding in preparation of the mating season. The males will eventually die off after mating and the females will lay their eggs and also die. So we gain potentially thousands of ticks for every few that die off.
The change of seasons and the coastline creates plenty of precipitation in the northeast. It is this humid environment that allows ticks to flourish. Considering the resilience that ticks possess when dealing with drastic temperature swings and the cyclical habits of their hosts during the change of seasons, the tick population is an ongoing concern. It is very hard to eliminate ticks for good. Therefore continued tick prevention is recommended to keep dangerous tick-borne illnesses away from your loved ones.
TICK CONTROL FOR DOGS?
DOG TICKS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW Tick Control, LLC | Greenwich
Many pet owners believe that since their dogs, cats, or other furry animals live inside a house, that ticks are something they need not be concerned about. However, these tiny arachnids, also known as ectoparasites, can still be picked up on an animal's fur, becoming unwelcome intruders in your home. These creatures have one goal: to nourish themselves on the blood of your beloved pet. Ticks can cause some serious health problems for your animal, some of which include diseases that enter the blood flow when a bite occurs. Understanding the illnesses ticks can cause in your pets, and how to prevent them, is essential to keeping your furry family member healthy.
The most commonly known diseases an animal can contract from a tick bite are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These conditions can become harmful and debilitating to your pet if not treated quickly by a veterinarian. Vigilantly watching for the signs of a tick bite will aid you in getting medical help sooner versus later. Symptoms your dog or cat could experience are:
Scratching or shaking ears or head
Raised abnormal pimply areas
Abrupt fever Redness and encrustations on skin
Gnawing or nipping particular areas on the skin
As you can see, planning ahead of time to prevent these uncomfortable and possibly life-threatening conditions in your pets makes good common sense. Since ticks live on leaves, in grassy meadows, and high grasses waiting to move onto a passing animal, one of the first lines of defense is to guard against a tick infestation is in the environment that surrounds your home. There is a tick spray that is safe for dogs. Having a tick spraying service spray the yard surrounding your house will eliminate ticks that live there and is an effective first step to implement. Another way to help intercept ticks hopping onto your dog or cat as a place to live is have them groomed often, using shampoos and sprays that contain natural ingredients that are known to repel ticks, like tea tree or mint oils. Along with effective tick collars on the market, these three layers of defense will help to keep your pets tick free and healthy.
Ticks season occurs during the warmer moist months of the year during spring and summer but continues even into the colder months. To keep your pets safe, prepare in advance and prevent possible infestation using the methods mentioned above. A minimal investment of your time and money will reap the rewarding benefits of health and an enjoyable quality of life for your pets and family.
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Our state-of-the-art trucks are outfitted with only the highest quality tick sprayers and are used for the sole purpose of tick prevention. At TICK CONTROL, LLC, formulas are precisely measured and thoroughly mixed to ensure a safe, effective and eco-friendly pesticide application every time. You will never receive a treatment that is too watered down or dangerously over-potent and we are not in a race when we get to your home. We take our time and apply a thorough tick control treatment. Our professionally trained staff is educated, knowledgeable, friendly and mindful of your property and safety. We take pride in our work so you could enjoy peace of mind.
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DID YOU KNOW? LYME DISEASE AND THE CONNECTICUT DEER TICK POPULATION ARE GROWING?
The risks are very high. Deer tick spraying and Lyme Disease prevention have become necessary
maintenance responsibilities for homeowners in Connecticut. We all must do our part.
"Connecticut remains ground zero for Lyme Disease.
-Jaclyn Diaz The Bulletin
TICK RELATED ARTICLES
"It’s always bad."
-Theodore G. Andreadis, Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, on what kind of tick season we can expect in 2019.
LYME DISEASE & DEER TICK DOWNLOADS
"Due to the fact that the CDC's data only represents confirmed cases, the actual quantity of Lyme disease cases may be far greater. We estimate a total of 477,980 true cases of Lyme disease in Connecticut." -tickcheck.com
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LYME DISEASE ON THE RISE
The evidence is overwhelming. The tick population is exploding in Connecticut and Lyme Disease is steadily increasing across the entire Northeast. It is extremely important that every homeowner do their part in combating this dangerous tick infestation. Humans and pets are at risk but can be protected from serious disease by taking some simple and cost-effective preventative steps. Call us today to learn more about what you can do to protect your family.
LYME DISEASE SYMPTOMS
Not everyone experiences the same symptoms when they've contracted Lyme Disease . Ailments range from fatigue to heart issues and much more. Many people never even link these symptoms to Lyme Disease and are never tested. Without the proper diagnosis, victims can be at risk of getting very sick. It is important to know the signs and take preventative steps to protect your yard from ticks before you are bit!
LYME DISEASE SYMPTOMS
EARLY LYME -VS- CHRONIC LYME
Muscle Pain 54%
Joint Pain 48%
Neck Pain 46%
Sleep Issues 42%
Joint Pain 70%
Muscle Pain 69%
Other Pain 66%
Sleep Issues 66%
Heart Related 31%
LYME DISEASE: THE HARMFUL RISKS OF NEGLECTING TICK SPRAYING Tick Control, LLC | New Canaan
Commonly-known as Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is spread by tick bites. When infected ticks bite and suck blood from a human being, the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria is transferred to the human being. The most common ticks associated with this disease are the black-legged ticks and deer ticks. Lyme disease symptoms may take longer to appear depending on the rate and stage of infection. When left untreated for long, an infected person will consequently suffer the harmful effects of this disease. These long-term effects include;
One of the most common harmful effects of Lyme disease is severe joint pain. When left untreated, this disease will lead to joint swelling and inflammation. This joint pain will mostly affect your knees leading to long term arthritis. Lyme arthritis may prove difficult to treat thus preventive measures should be employed to prevent getting bitten by ticks.
Cognitive defects such as impaired memory will result from months of untreated Lyme disease. This may begin with difficulties while concentrating as the disease slowly affects the nervous system. Partial paralysis of the nervous system, a more serious condition will develop as the disease progressively attacks the affected person. Eventually, memory loss will catch up with the patient due to chronic Lyme disease.
Neuropathy and facial palsy are all associated with late-stage Lyme disease. Infection of the membranes surrounding the brain tissue will lead to paralysis of one side of the face. This is commonly referred to as facial palsy or Bell's palsy. This infection will also lead to labored muscle movement and impaired limbs. Facial palsy increases the eyes sensitivity to light causes a stiff neck and also promotes severe headaches. Patients will be bedridden at this stage as their mobility will be limited.
Impaired muscle movement will easily result in irregular heartbeats. Once the disease affects the heart muscles, heart problems will be inevitable. If Lyme disease treatment is not sought at this point, heart failure which may lead to death may develop.
Lyme disease symptoms may take weeks or even months to develop after tick bites. It is, therefore, easier to employ tick prevention and control strategies rather than dealing with the harmful effects of the disease. One of the most effective methods is tick spraying. This is especially recommended if you live in tick-infested areas. Having your yard sprayed on a routine basis will keep ticks away from the pets and people in your home. This will, therefore, keep the disease and its carriers at bay guaranteeing the safety of your family.
DEER TICKS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF
LYME DISEASE IN CONNECTICUT
Sure they're cute, but if you see signs of deer, mice, chipmunks, or other small rodents in and around your home, assume that your residence is at risk. Deer ticks are carried close to your home by more than just deer. Small rodents can carry deer ticks and are just as likely to bring ticks into areas where your children and pets play. The effects of Lyme Disease can be devastating for those infected and also for those around them. Tick-borne illnesses are serious and taking precautionary measures to protect your family is an easy, affordable and intelligent decision. Tick spraying your yard is an easy way to maintain a safe, tick-free environment all year round.
Tick Control LLC offers affordable solutions that protect your home against ticks and the diseases they carry. You can rely on us to keep you and your family safe all year long.
THREE WAYS TO CONTROL DEER TICKS IN YOUR BACKYARD
• Pyrethroid - Highly effective for tick control derived from Chrysanthemum flower/plant .
• Safe for humans and dogs.
• 6 Treatments Per Year
• Least expensive option
The cost of tick spraying varies by acreage.
Tick Control Natural
• Organic Tree Oil - Highly effective natural tick repellent derived from tree oils.
• Safe for humans and pets
• 8 Treatments Per Year
• More expensive option
The cost of tick spraying varies by acreage.
AL LA CARTE
• For those who are concerned about Lyme Disease-carrying deer ticks and dog ticks but only need coverage for a short time.
• Synthetic & Organic options available
• You choose when you want your treatments.
• Thermacell tick control tubes.
The cost of tick spraying varies by acreage.
You are welcome to choose the frequency of your tick treatment. However, at TICK CONTROL, LLC, we believe that effective tick prevention requires continuous tick spraying treatments. Ticks remain active in various life-stages throughout the entire year, even winter. Therefore deer ticks, dog ticks, Lyme Disease and other related diseases are always a threat to humans and pets. Connecticut has one of the highest instances of Lyme Disease in the United States and regular tick treatments are the most effective way for us to overcome this growing problem together.
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TICK-RELATED DISEASES AND THEIR SYMPTOMS Tick Control, LLC
While most of the general population is probably familiar with ticks and their presence in many parts of the United States, they might not be aware of the real dangers these arachnids can bring into any household. The old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, definitely applies in keeping one's self and family protected from serious illnesses that can result from the bite of a tick. Taking time to review some of the most common diseases and symptoms resulting from a tick bite is energy well spent.
Common Diseases and Symptoms
Lyme Disease is the most well-known and common condition associated with a deer tick bite. The majority of cases are found in the Upper Midwest and Northeastern parts of the United States. Once the bacteria enter the bloodstream, symptoms will begin presenting themselves in the first week after the bite. A red rash may develop around the spot, but not always. Other evidence of infection is fatigue, and flu-like symptoms, such as fever, body aches, and chills.
Another disease frequently carried by ticks is Babesiosis. This is a parasitical illness, unlike Lyme disease. After the parasites enter the bloodstream, they increase in number quickly, and the patient may experience fevers and chills, along with jaundice and anemia.
A tick-borne disease associated with the brown dog tick and the American dog tick is Rickettsiosis, which has many variations, one being that of Spotted Mountain Fever. This condition can become serious quickly, and fatal. As in the previously mentioned diseases, symptoms include fever, chills, cough, rashes and mental confusion. Rickettsiosis used to be fatal in 30% of the reported cases, but today's treatment has narrowed that percentage to 3-5%. It is still a very serious condition that must be treated promptly with strong antibiotics.
These are just a few of the more common tick-borne diseases. There are numerous other tick-borne diseases and none of which should be taken lightly in regards to receiving quick medical treatment. Most remedies involve prescriptions of antibiotics administered over a series of 2-4 weeks to help most patients recover.
Necessary precautions should always be taken to minimize the risks of developing of a tick-borne illness. If hiking in forests or tall grass is planned, it is wise to tuck in pants legs, use a chemical repellent on the skin, and wear clothing that will protect the body, and avoiding areas that are known to be infested by ticks. Ticks love grassy meadows. Having the yard and area around the home treated is another good precaution. All these preventative actions will help to keep any tick-borne illness at bay.
THE DANGERS OF TICKS IN CONNECTICUT Tick Control, LLC
Experts are predicting that this year’s tick season could be one of the worst in years for Connecticut. Recent winter weather conditions have created a "perfect storm" scenario that is expected to create tick explosion. One major condition contributing to this is the mild winter, which allows ticks to thrive and emerge earlier than usual and in larger numbers. It creates a dangerous environment for pets and humans and is the reason why you need to protect your family.
So, why should you fear high infestations of ticks?
Here Are Some of the Dangers Ticks Pose
Like insects, ticks (arachnid family) are transmitters of disease . They are notorious for transmitting multiple tick-borne diseases that affect thousands of Americans every year. Ticks have beak-like projections that enable them to plunge into the skin of the host animal or human. They feed on the host's blood and in the process can transmit tick-borne diseases such as babesiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Powassan virus and more.
A Few Facts about Ticks You Need to Know
Ticks are parasites since the feed on host’s blood
Although there are hundreds of ticks species, only a handful transmit illnesses to humans with the most common in our area being a black-legged tick, popularly known as a deer tick
They become active when ground temperatures shoot above 45 degrees Fahrenheit but can survive even the coldest temperatures.
Once ticks infest your home, they can live for long periods if not controlled. Ticks can be carried indoors by pets and mice.
Ticks are prevalent in areas where deer are active
How to Keep Ticks Away from Your Home
It is not easy to see ticks on your clothes or body, or on your hairy pet. However, you can greatly reduce the chances of bringing ticks to your home by taking some precautionary measures. If you go for a hike, remember to dress in long pants and sleeves. Also, try to use a tick repellant with DEET and/or wear clothes that are treated with permethrin. When you return home from hikes or walks, conduct a thorough tick check. If you find a tick, remove it with a steady pull to avoid leaving its mouthparts on your skin. Wash your hands and bite site with soap and water. Dispose of the ticks in the toilet or save them to be tested.
In the case of heavy tick infestation in your yard, tick spraying is your only option. Tick Control, LLC is reputed as the best tick-based pest control service in Connecticut and will quickly get the problem under control. Our team of trained and licensed tick control experts will make your home tick-free all year. Give us a call today!
"Remember tick-borne disease is preventable."
"Being aware of the dangers of tick-borne diseases and following the precautions recommended can greatly reduce your chances of becoming infected with Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever!"
"Consider using a professional pesticide company to apply pesticides at your home."
CONNECTICUT DISCOVERS TWO SOUTHERN TICK SPECIES IN OUR STATE Tick Control, LLC
In Connecticut, residents are no stranger to ticks. The black-legged deer tick has been our nemesis since we first discovered that they were the cause of arthritic symptoms found in young children of Old Lyme in the seventies.
Later, in the early eighties, this particular species of ticks was identified as a carrier of a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Soon after, deer ticks were labeled as the principal vectors of what became known as Lyme Disease.
Since that time, Lyme Disease has become an all too familiar term in the Constitution State and it has gained national attention. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that it's reach has extended to at least fourteen states. They estimate 300,000 cases per year, while not all diagnosed or reported, could be likely.
While Lyme Disease is concentrated in the northeastern portions of the United States, there are concerns that migrating birds could potentially carry millions of deer ticks to additional states. With no vaccine currently available, this is a problem that we hope not to face. What’s worse, the black-legged deer tick does not only carry Lyme Disease but also anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Powassan virus.
But Connecticut and neighboring states are now concerned with another possible scenario, one that could make our battle against ticks even harder.
What if southern ticks migrated north?
While residents are already faced with finding ways to ward off the black-legged deer tick in our state, there have recently been two non-native invasive ticks that have been found in Danbury and Westport. These ticks are the Asian Long-Horned tick and the Lone Star tick.
The two ticks are primarily southeastern pests, perhaps driven north by climate change, and have recently shown up in New Jersey (2017) and then in Connecticut (2018). These new species will undoubtedly bring new health risks and infestation concerns to humans and animals in our area. The unexpected reality that they are showing up here could be an indicator that other northeastern states may also begin to find them.
So why should we be concerned?
Invasive species can be very hard to control and can contribute to a loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity enables ecosystem productivity and allows for the natural sustainability of all life forms large and small.
In the case of the Asian long horned tick, it can reproduce very rapidly and make infestation possible or likely. This is due to its females ability to produce eggs without mating. In fact, a single female can produce thousands of eggs on her own.
Therefore, the Asian Long-Horned tick is a threat to animals. Livestock, various mammals, and pets can become quick hosts to these ticks and when they find one, they infest the animal and suck their blood. While it is unclear whether or not these ticks carry pathogens like the Black-legged deer tick, there is some relief in knowing that these ticks are not known to seek humans.
Oh good… but not so fast. The Lone Star tick is also making its way north and is the more aggressive of the ticks mentioned. It will actively pursue its host and is known for its spread of ehrlichiosis which can lead to a myriad of symptoms including a severe allergy to red meat. This is something commonly known in the south.
These new threats are, at the very least, are a cause for pause in the state of Connecticut. We don’t need anymore ticks to worry about and it is best if we proceed with a close eye on these unwelcome intruders. Remember, as of now the number of actual findings of these invasive ticks in Connecticut is small. But the potential threat is real.
As seasoned pros at diligently protecting ourselves from deer ticks and Lyme Disease, it is recommended that Connecticut residents simply stay the course in regards to preventative measures. Until we know more about the numbers of these new ticks in our state, the best solution to the problem is preventing tick-related diseases from starting in the first place. Protect yourself and your family when going outdoors.
Photo: Joe Kosack
CONNECTICUT DEER, BLACK-LEGGED DEER TICKS, AND THE PROBLEM OF RE-ENTRY Tick Control, LLC
As a tick control specialist and the owner of Tick Control, LLC, I often speak to my customers about the ways that they can help me to help themselves. No matter the selection of the pesticide or the frequency of sprays, living in Connecticut puts us at an inherent disadvantage when it comes to ticks. Being properly informed can definitely make the difference between a safe lifestyle and living a compromised life after being infected by a dangerous arachnid.
Having a good rapport with my clients is important to me and I remind them throughout the year of recommended practices that will help them ensure a tick-free season. I inform them about points like mowing high grass, wearing long pants, treating your clothes with permethrin, and regular tick checks after coming in from outdoors. But they sometimes overlook the potential of animals bringing ticks into their property.
We are happy to say that our customers have great confidence in our staff and in our premium tick sprays. They are very effective and we do not get callbacks. This is something we are very proud of. But why then is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that tick-borne disease has doubled between 2004 and 2016?
Disappointingly, Lyme disease accounted for 82% of those rising numbers.
In fact, reported cases of Lyme disease are projected to be nearly two million across the United States next year. But while we are treating the obvious problem, could it be that we are missing the underlying one?
It is the deer population that could be contributing to tick reentry into human occupied spaces.
The leading vector of Lyme disease is the deer tick and it has been appropriately named. The Black-legged ticks, or deer ticks, molt through four stages during its lifecycle with each stage requiring a blood meal. Its preferred hosts are deer and mice but it will find a blood meal wherever it can.
With areas across our state becoming more and more populated by humans, deer are moving into closer proximity to us. They adapt to the more manicured environments and continue to be a nuisance to the area. Even with the Deer Management Act that was passed in 1975 which allowed for firearms hunting, the population continues to grow.
No matter the cause, what is important is that deer ticks choose deer as their host. When they are done feeding, they drop off the deer and can find habitat right in your backyard where children and pets could likely play. Reentry is a real problem and a justified reason to continue with your regular tick service into the winter.
Deer populations can double in just two years and the ticks they carry are reason enough to control them, not to mention the additional problems they cause. Deer are large, graceful animals but also considered pests and nuisances. For this reason, it is best to do your part to keep them away. If you are like many others across our state, you have seen plenty of deer in close proximity to your home. If this is the case where you live, there are some measures that you can take to reduce the chances that they will occupy your property.
Some of the best ways to keep deer that may be carrying ticks onto your property are by assembling wire fencing, electric fencing, using repellents such as soap, and/or taste and odor repellents. Selection of shrubberies can also keep deer from feeding in your yard.
If they do not like it, they will not eat it. Here are some alternative plant options: Pepper trees, Holly, Boxwood, Jasmine, Lilac, Narcissus, and Persimmon. Finally, the state DEEP recommends controlled hunting to help thin out the population and reduce the risks of tick-borne illnesses, danger to motorists and destruction of crops.