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Does Deer Season Reduce Lyme Disease in Massachusetts?

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The cool weather of fall has arrived in the Northeast. However, not all of summer’s vestiges are gone. Indeed, some insects remain active this time of year, including ticks. As you may know, ticks are one of the most dangerous insects in the United States, and these creatures are extremely prevalent in our region. A true parasite, ticks rely on the blood of other animals to survive. Secretive in nature, ticks are incredibly good at evading detection, making them difficult to spot when they decide to attach themselves to us.

That’s right, humans are targets for ticks like any other animal in nature, so we must stay wary. Why? Due to their indiscriminate feeding behaviors, ticks are often riddled with dangerous diseases like Lyme disease, which experts suspect infects somewhere between 300,000 to 400,000 people in the United States each year. What makes this figure all the more concerning is that people can even be infected during the fall when our guards are down. Before they enter their winter hideouts, ticks will often look for a final blood meal to tide them over to spring, meaning we are vulnerable to Lyme disease even now. Where does Lyme disease come from, though?

Disease vectors play a key role in Lyme disease spread

Ticks aren’t born with Lyme disease. They pick up this bacterial virus from their victims, which are most often small rodents, birds, and deer. This begs the question of whether or not the deer hunting season can help reduce the spread of Lyme disease. There are many ways to approach answering this question, but the short answer is that many believe deer hunting is not the answer to reducing Lyme disease prevalence. By targeting deer, you may indirectly target ticks, but this approach is insufficient. Deer hunting can help with other issues, like car and deer accidents, but a focused tick control method is most effective against Lyme disease. So, who can you turn to for powerful tick control for this fall and next spring and summer?

Professional tick control is your best bet

At mosquito squad, we've worked for nearly twenty years to provide powerful tick control services to our customers in the northeast. With the help of our tick barrier protection treatments and our highly trained technicians, we can guarantee a dramatic and pronounced reduction in the tick population on your property. With the prevalence of Lyme disease so high, it is important to defend yourself against ticks and the other diseases they can transmit. Don't put your health at risk this fall or this coming spring & summer season!

Deer season is probably not the best approach to tick control. Instead of targeting innocent animals target the ticks themselves with powerful tick control from Mosquito Squad of Franklin and Framingham. Give us a call at (978) 234-2367.

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