At Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge, we have often pointed to the importance of tick testing. Offered for a very reasonable $50 at UMass Amherst, tick testing is a great way to speed up the diagnosis should you become ill after a tick bite. This year, UMass has partnered with about 24 towns in Massachusetts to offer discounted tick testing to assist residents and gather valuable data about the presence of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis in the state.
Tick Testing in Westford Mass
Many labs offer tick testing, but the $50 cost and the guaranteed 5-day turnaround at UMass is precious to an ill patient awaiting an accurate diagnosis. And now with their partnership with the city of Westford, Westford residents can have ticks tested for only $20 if they submit their tick through the Westford tick website.
Don’t Destroy Ticks, Save Them
While our Westford tick control clients should be free of worry when spending time outdoors on their property; hiking, biking, camping, and other activities can leave you at risk for a tick bite. Make sure always to check for ticks after spending time outdoors in untreated areas and safely remove any ticks you find. Now more than ever saving the tick instead of disposing of it can prove useful in getting a fast diagnosis and treatment if you become ill with a tick-borne disease. Merely place the tick in a well-sealed container. Save the tick for 30 days, if symptoms begin to occur, send it to UMass for tick testing.
Preventing tick bites in the first place is always the best form of tick-disease prevention. Our traditional tick spray will eliminate 85-90% of ticks on your Westford property. Add twice per year tick tubes for even further deer tick and wood tick reduction.
We look forward to protecting your property this season and for many seasons to come. Call us today at (978) 381-4028!