Ticks are one of the most common parasites in the U.S., and they are found across the United States, including your backyard. Out of a total of 850 different species of ticks, more than 100 of them are known to spread diseases to people, pets, and livestock. Fortunately, our tick service company specializes in tick control using a three-pronged attack to help make your yard a tick-free zone.
Facts About Ticks
Although many believe that ticks are insects, they are arachnids and share some of the characteristics of their spider cousins. The size of a tick varies by species, but most have oval bodies about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch in length, small heads, and eight legs. Their bodies can swell after they have been feeding. Ticks live on the blood of mammals, which classifies them as parasites. Two of the most common species in the U.S. are American dog ticks and deer ticks.
Ticks Spread Disease
Tick bites can be slightly painful; severe tick infestations on a single animal or person can cause excessive blood loss leading to anemia, paralysis, and even death.
Many species of ticks are known to carry and spread diseases including; Human anaplasmosis (HA), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), Ehrlichiosis, Powassan (POW) virus & Tularemia. By far the most common disease spread to humans by ticks in the U.S. is Lyme disease. Hundreds of thousands of new cases of Lyme disease are confirmed each year, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate up to 9 in 10 cases go undiagnosed. Also, 96 percent of cases in 2014 occurred in just 14 states, and Massachusetts is one of them.
Effective Tick Control
The first step in tick control is to clean out debris. Ticks like to live and breed in piles of composting plant material and other moist, shady areas. Consider scheduling regular visits from MoShield, the leading tick service company. Scheduled spraying helps to eliminate ticks that are already present and repel ticks from your yard. Additional sprays build a barrier over time to prevent new ticks from entering. After the initial visit, you will notice a drastic reduction in the number of ticks on your property, but we don’t stop there. Our technicians will return throughout the season to check on conditions and reapply the treatment as necessary.
When you hire us to help keep ticks out of your South Shore, MA home or business you can rest assured that you are receiving the most effective tick control service available for residential areas, commercial spaces, and outdoor events. Our tick service company wants to help keep you, your family and your pets free of ticks and the diseases they carry. Call today to find out how we can help.