A tick bite is required to transmit Lyme disease because the bacterium is injected into the skin via tick saliva as the tick sucks blood. An infection is therefore not transmitted from pet to pet nor from pet to owner; only via an infected tick bite, and not all ticks are infected with Borrelia. If the tick is not removed properly you may force the infection into your skin.
Deer ticks have a two-year life cycle. That is, it takes two years for one egg-adult-egg generation to evolve. Therefore, deer ticks can be found all year long, including wintertime.
The deer (or black-legged) tick in the East and the related western black-legged tick are the only known transmitters of Lyme disease in the United States. Both are hard-bodied ticks with a two-year life cycle. Like all species of ticks, deer ticks and their relatives require a blood meal to progress to each successive stage in their life cycles.
The life cycle of the deer tick comprises three growth stages: the larva, nymph and adult. In both the northeastern and mid-western U.S., where Lyme disease has become prevalent, it takes about two years for the tick to hatch from the egg, go through all three stages, reproduce, and then die.
Ticks in and Around Your Property
Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. Products used for tick control, known as acaricides, can reduce the number of ticks in your yard.
Consistent and timely pest control is the key to successful tick reduction.
Treating the nymphal ticks when they reach their activity peak in the spring and summer keeps the numbers down throughout these highrisk periods. Marlboro Pest Control applies two treatments during this time period. Our third application, usually in October, helps to gain control of the adult tick throughout the fall, winter and into early spring months.
The single most effective way to reduce blacklegged (deer) ticks in your yard is an application to the yard perimeter, shady perennial beds, or along trails and paths in woods. In most situations, treatment is NOT needed on open or sunny areas…blacklegged tick nymphs require exceptionally high humidity only found in shady, leaf-covered areas. You can also help create a tick-safe zone by landscaping to minimize ticks.
Tick Treatment Recommendation…
|Timing of Spraying||Cycle of Tick Controlled|
|1) Spring: (May – June)||Nymph (most impact on Public Health)|
|2) Summer: (July – August)||Nymph & Young Adult populations|
|3) Fall: (September – October)||Adults (gains control throughout the cool months)|
Marlboro Pest Control, Inc. treats the following areas around your property during the tick control applications:
- The first 10′ border of grass that meets the woods
- Wooded areas (we will spray a 10′ deep & 4′ high protective band)
- Tips of tall grass and weeds
- Low Brush (ticks are usually found up to 36″)
- Ornamental ground cover that is in shaded areas (i.e. Pachysandra)
- Landscape beds that are shaded
- Stone walls & leaf litter, bush & wood piles
- Under porches and sheds
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