Ticks and Lyme Disease are an epidemic in our area. From Middleborough to Mattapoisett and all of South Shore, the ticks responsible for spreading Lyme Disease are plentiful. Nationally, Massachusetts ranks with the second highest number of confirmed cases of Lyme Disease, according to the CDC. The actual number of people infected with Lyme Disease may be up to 10x higher. This is due to many individuals not manifesting strong enough symptoms to send them to a physician for diagnosis and care.
The Vectors of Lyme Disease
On the East Coast, it is the black-legged tick, or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), that is the known carrier (vector) of Lyme Disease. Deer ticks, roughly the size of an apple seed, are much smaller than other ticks. These ticks become infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria which forms Lyme Disease when they are in the larvae stage. During this early period of tick life, they nest with small rodents, such as the white footed mouse. Ticks then spread the disease to other birds, animals, and humans when they attach and feed consistently for 36 – 48 hours. This makes early tick detection and removal vital to reducing you, your family or a pet’s risk of contracting Lyme Disease.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease can include:
muscle and joint pain
swollen lymph nodes
expanding “bullseye” rash at site of origin
arthritis in larger joints, such as knees
partial paralysis, particularly in facial muscles
Protection from Lyme Disease
Prevention is the number one form of protection from Lyme Disease. When out hiking or walking, wear light colored clothing and tuck your pants into your socks. Do tick checks daily, if outdoors. Remember, these ticks are small! Nymph deer ticks are only the size of a coffee ground. On your personal property, there are some simple things you can do to help eliminate ticks.
Prevention is Key
South Shore MA tick control reduces the risk of Lyme Disease. At Mosquito Squad of the South Shore, we specialize in mosquito and tick prevention and elimination. Our service is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. In addition to Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and heartworms are all carried by ticks and mosquitoes! Mosquito Squad of the South Shore gives you added protection with our proven effective barrier sprays. Reduce these pests by up to 85% in your Southeastern Mass yard. No bugs. No bites. No kidding!
Tick Control for Your Home
To learn more, or for service, please call now at 508-536-4855 or send us an email. Don’t forget to follow the 6 C’s of tick control for your South Shore property.