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Ticks feed on the blood of mammals, birds, or reptiles. Black-legged (deer) ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire and may spread different disease-causing germs when they bite you. The most common tick-borne diseases are Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Other diseases that are more rare, but still occur, are Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Borrelia miyamotoi, and the Powassan virus. Tick-borne illnesses can be very severe and taking steps to avoid tick bites is important. A new species – the Asian Longhorned Tick is making its way north into New England. This is a very dangerous tick which has had devastating affects in the Indonesian part of the world.
Your Master Mosquito Control technician is specifically trained in recognizing tick habitats and in applying the proper treatment to combat them. We custom blend every solution on site to ensure the strongest impact in exterminating and repelling these nasty insects.
Ticks do not fly or jump. They attach to animals or people that come into direct contact with them. They are most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded, or grassy areas (especially in tall grass), including your own backyard. They are most prevalent during the early spring and late fall months when cool temps and moist surroundings provide the best environment. Ticks hate dry heat and sunlight so they are less frequent during the summer months of June, July and most of August. Ticks feed on the blood of mammals (including people, dogs, cats, deer, and mice), birds, or reptiles (snakes and turtles, for example).
Black-legged ticks, sometimes called deer ticks, are responsible for spreading Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan virus. Both nymph (young) and adult black-legged ticks will bite humans. The highest risk of being bitten by this kind of tick occurs throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. However, adults can also be out searching for a host any time winter temperatures are above freezing. Black-legged tick nymphs are the size of a poppy seed and adults are the size of a sesame seed.
Dog ticks are responsible for spreading Rocky Mountain spotted fever and certain types of tularemia. In general, only the adult dog tick will bite humans. The highest risk of being bitten by a dog tick occurs during the spring and summer seasons. Adult dog ticks are about the size of a watermelon seed.
Lone Star Ticks
Lone star ticks are not a significant source of human illness in Massachusetts but are capable of spreading tularemia, ehrlichiosis and southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). Lone star tick saliva can be irritating but redness and discomfort at a bite site does not necessarily indicate any infection. Exposure to Lone Star tick saliva has been shown to cause an allergy to red meat in some people. The nymph and adult females most frequently bite humans.