It has been predicted to be a bad year in terms of ticks. It may even be one of the worst we’ve seen for encountering ticks and tick-borne diseases. That makes tick control in Worcester crucial in 2017.
Why Are There More Ticks?
The uptick (pun intended) is due to a notable increase in the number of mice in the Northeast. Ticks love feeding on mice, and mice infect 95-percent of the ticks that feed on them with Lyme disease. This means that ticks are finding a ready, plentiful food source, meaning they’ll be able to swell their own numbers and that many of this new boom in ticks will come with Lyme disease.
A boom in the mouse population has been recognized as one of the most important indicators that massive Lyme outbreaks will follow. You have probably seen the many reports that ticks in Massachusetts will be bad this year. Take tick control precautions.
Lyme disease is spread through bacteria that is transmitted to a host when a tick feeds on them. It will sometimes present as a rash. You can recognize some symptoms like fever, headache, and exhaustion early. These can become chronic and later result in complications such as facial paralysis, arthritis (even in children), and meningitis – an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord membranes.
Needless to say, Lyme disease can be debilitating, dangerous, and even deadly. With proper tick control measures, you can limit your exposure and risk.
How to Prevent Ticks
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent ticks. Tick prevention in Worcester is key because of the boom in the number of mice in recent years. If you have a tick problem, you need it to be handled by a professional exterminator. If you have a mouse problem, tick prevention begins first by getting the mice out.
To guard against ticks, wear longer clothing on hikes, use insect repellent – DEET can be particularly effective – and run your hands around to look for ticks after a hike. You can remove ticks with a tweezer. Do so as soon as you can. Lyme disease doesn’t usually transmit until hours of feeding have passed. Pull them straight out from as close to your skin as possible. If you twist or pull the back end, you can leave the head implanted in your skin and this can still transmit disease.
Remember to look for ticks on pets, particularly dogs who run around outside or go on hikes. Dogs can also be infected and Lyme disease is dangerous to them, too. Consult your veterinarian about what kind of repellent is OK for use on your breed of dog.
Contact Ransford Pest today for more information on controlling ticks in your yard.