Now that it seems warmer weather is here to stay, we wanted to share some information and resources about a dangerous insect in our area: ticks. Due to the mild winter, the tick population was not reduced as much as during a typical winter. If you’ve spent time outside recently you likely encountered some ticks.

Not just a nuisance, an increased tick population also increases the risk of Lyme disease. Just this past weekend, The Boston Globe reported that incidences of Lyme disease are on the rise, with cases doubling between 1991 and 2018. The three most common ticks in Southern New England are the black-legged tick, the dog tick, and the Lone Star tick. These pests are normally found in damp, brushy areas or tall grass in your yard. Below you will find information that will help you protect your family and pets.

How Can You Prevent Tick Bites?

Although more common during warmer months, tick exposure can occur year-round. The best way to avoid tick bites is to be vigilant while in areas where ticks like to hide. The University of Rhode Island has long been a pioneer in tick research. Its TickEncounter page has a lot of information about how to protect yourself, your family, and your pets. By following just a few simple tips like the ones below, you can make your time outside safer and more enjoyable.
Avoid wooded and brushy areasUse EPA-registered insect repellentsCheck clothing and body for ticks after spending time outdoorsShower soon after being outdoorsWear long pants and shirts when hiking to reduce your exposure to ticksTuck in your shirt and pull your socks up over your pants to reduce spots for ticks to hideSpray your shoes with tick repellent for extra protectionAfter a hike, dry your clothes for at least 10 minutes to kill any ticks you don’t find, and then wash themSet up “tick-safe zones” around your house, which can include open, maintained grass areas that are less hospitable to ticks.Consider spraying your yard for ticks for extra protection. YardGuard by SeaScape offers that service.

YardGuard by SeaScape can help you protect your children and pets from Lyme disease-carrying ticks with our Tick Control Program. Applications start in May and continue through September when exposure to ticks is highest. The treatment area includes the entire lawn, mulch beds, and 2′-3′ along bordering woods/fields. Our 5-application program means you will have reduced exposure to ticks in your yard from early spring into the fall.

Using a combination of granular and liquid applications, our licensed techs will apply controls to your yard up to five times a season. Longer protection means a safer outdoor experience for you and your family.

Call our office at 1-800-294-5296 or visit our website to schedule a FREE estimate.

Why Are Ticks Dangerous?

In New England, the most common tick-borne diseases are Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. All three are carried by the deer tick. These diseases can make both humans and pets sick.

General Signs of Tickborne Illness

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Joint/Muscle Aches
  • Headache/Neck Stiffness
  • Fatigue

Signs of Lyme Disease

In Humans:

  • Bulls-eye rash or expanding circular rash
  • Acute swelling of the knee or other joint, with no corresponding trauma/injury
  • Facial palsy with drooping mouth or eyelid

In Dogs:

  • Fever
  • Lameness
  • Limping
  • Joint pain/swelling
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes
  • Lethargy

Lyme disease in dogs can progress to kidney disease, which can become fatal.