Let’s Talk Ticks.
Mosquito Joe not only rids your yard of pesky mosquitoes, but we take care of ticks too! Did you know that ticks will arrive before mosquitoes and hang around after the mosquitoes are gone? Ticks arrive once the ground temperature is above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to have a plan in place in advance. For West Chester, this is typically between April and September.
Currently, more than 25 species of ticks have been identified in Pennsylvania. of these, nearly 90% of all documented incidents are from four specific species; the American dog tick, Deer tick (also known as the Black-legged tick), Lone Star tick, and the Groundhog tick. To learn more about these different species and where they like to hide, visit PennLive.
Ticks can carry the pathogens for ten human diseases and spread illnesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Anaplasmosis. Chester County is rural and suburban, making it a prime habitat. As stated in the Daily Local News, “Chester County has been one of the leading counties in the state for reported cases of Lyme disease recently, and Pennsylvania is the nation’s leader and one of the 14 states in which 95 percent of Lyme disease cases are reported, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
These diseases are major health concerns, reinforcing the need to prevent tick bites. Symptoms of tick-borne illnesses include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time while feeding.
Pet owners and parents alike are concerned with tick prevention because a tick bite can have serious implications for children and pets. Five of the ten diseases ticks transmit to humans can be transmitted to pets. That is why keeping everyone (furry or not) around your household tick-free is important.
With help from Mosquito Joe, you can get ahead of any tick issues on your property this season by implementing the following habits:
- Keep grass mowed and trees trimmed.
- Move wood piles away from the home.
- Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is high.
- Move swing sets, sandboxes, and other play areas away from wooded areas.
- Wear long sleeves and pants when walking in wooded or grassy areas to avoid tick bites.
- Wash clothing immediately after coming inside and inspect kids and pets for ticks.
Ticks cannot jump or fly, they can only crawl. They sit on the tips of grass and shrubs while waiting for hosts. When brushed by a moving animal or person, ticks quickly let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. To avoid this, use prevention methods to keep ticks out of your yard and let Mosquito Joe spray your yard and set up a barrier for these intruders. Since our barrier sprays target shrubbery, we already zone in on where ticks live while waiting for a host.
To avoid the host being you, let us be another line of defense against tick-borne illnesses. Call us today at 610-228-0938 or fill out a form to the right for a free quote.