Blacklegged ticks also known as deer ticks are commonly found in the New England States. During the winter, adult ticks primarily feed on white tailed deer giving them the name deer ticks. In the spring, engorged females drop off the host animal and deposit up to 3000 eggs in a protected area. These baby ticks or nymphs feed on mice, skunks, voles, birds, dogs and humans. They are most active from May through June. Blacklegged ticks hide in grass and shrubs waiting for a host to latch on to. They concentrate on vegetation located in grassy transitional areas for example where mowed lawn meets an un-mowed fence line, foot trails through high grass and in host animal nests.
Deer ticks spread several diseases with Lyme Disease being the most common vector borne disease in the United States. Symptoms of Lyme Disease include fever, headache, bulls eye skin rash, fatigue and joint pain. If untreated Lyme Disease can affect the heart and nervous system.
After a thorough assessment of your property, Presidential Pest Control will supply you with IPM - Integrated Pest management suggestions and recommended tick control treatments best suited for your property. Control methods may include keeping grass trimmed, removing wood piles, removing leaf litter, implementing a rodent control program, removing any food sources to discourage larger animals from coming into the yard and applying an exterior perimeter treatment with appropriately labeled product(s).
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