If you’ve never considered tick control in Massachusetts, now is the time. Why? Well beyond Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and Powassan virus, ticks are also a significant predator to your family pets. With roughly 850 species of ticks around the world, nearly 90 of them can be found throughout the United States. In this article, we’re taking a look at the three most common ticks right here in Massachusetts.
Possibly the most common, the deer tick, or black-legged tick, is responsible for spreading Lyme disease among other diseases to both humans and animals. Unlike a few of the other species, the deer tick is present during the spring, summer, and fall seasons increasing the chances of being bit. On that subject, another lovely fact about the deer tick is that both young and adult ticks will bite. Approximately the size of a sesame seed when fully grown, these predators are hard to spot outdoors.
If you’ve ever heard of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, chances are the infected human was bitten by a dog tick. Dog ticks are present in high numbers during the spring and summer seasons. Typically, only an adult will bite. Easier to spot with the eye, a full-grown dog tick is about the size of a watermelon seed.
Lone Star Ticks
Although the lone star tick is far less common, the species is still present in Massachusetts. This type of tick is responsible for the spread of tularemia, ehrlichiosis, and southern tick-associated rash illness. Exposure to the lone star often results in allergies to red meat as well. Unlike the deer tick, only the young and females will bite.
Best ways to prevent a tick bite
At AllGreen Lawn Care, our team offers Massachusetts tick control for both residential and commercial properties. Through a series of treatments, you can have peace of mind that your family and furry friends are protected from unwanted diseases. However, additional measures are recommended, as well. Below are a few of the following steps you should take before heading outdoors:
- Stay out of tall grass or shady, damp areas
- If hiking, stick to the center of the pathway
- Wear light-colored clothing and long sleeves and pants when possible.
- Repellents that contain DEET have been proven effective to deter tick bites.
- Talk to your trusted veterinarian about a plan of action during tick season to protect your pets.
For more information on how our Massachusetts tick control program works, contact our team at AllGreen Lawn Care today (781) 762-7080.