This is the time of year that concerns about ticks come to the forefront. The weather is getting warmer and wildlife that can carry ticks become more active after the cold winter months. Even though we have had many hard freezes this past winter in North Carolina, we may still have a large tick population predicted for 2016.
Ticks are very adept at surviving the hard winter conditions. They can remain active in the very cold months if the ground is not frozen. Dr. Thomas Mather from the Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology at the University of Rhode Island illustrated on TickEncounter.org (an education project based at this university) that deer ticks can survive underneath a blanket of snow. In very frigid conditions, ticks can hibernate like bears. They take shelter in rotten logs or underneath fallen trees to help them survive until the weather gets warm.
There’s a new worry when it comes ticks in North Carolina because the state agency that monitored ticks and and the diseases they carry was eliminated in 2011. Ticks can transmit diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Left untreated, they can cause serious health problems and can sometimes be fatal. There is no way to know if these diseases are becoming more prominent in the tick population. That’s because the public health pest management program was eliminated as part of a budget cuts in the North Carolina State Legislature.
How To Get Rid Of Ticks
With tick populations starting to grow, it is time to start taking precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from tick bites and the diseases they carry. Vigilance is always the best defense against ticks. Be sure that you check yourself, your kids, and your pets regularly, especially after time spent in wooded or grassy areas. Remove any attached ticks promptly because the longer a tick is attached the more likely it is to transmit a disease if it is infected. Use tick repellents during outdoor activity, especially on your shoes. And be sure to treat your yard for ticks. Most of the time you and your family spend outdoor will be in your own yard, so reduce the number of ticks in that environment by calling Mosquito Squad of the Triad. Our tick treatment program is extremely effective at eliminating ticks because it targets them two different ways – barrier spray and tick tubes.
Mosquito Squad’s Tick & Flea package is a great solution for your family and pets against these sometimes dangerous insects. So don’t wait. Call Mosquito Squad of the Triad for a free quote today, and do something to reduce your risk of tick exposure. • 336.617.5268 •
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