Were you picking ticks off your dog daily this spring? It seems like this summer went by in a blink of an eye, making the memories of spring’s plentiful tick season a fresh memory for everyone in Central Massachusetts. Did you know you can do something now to prevent spring ticks from being so bountiful next spring? Intensive tick treatment from Mosquito Squad needs to be deployed now to lower the tick population in the future.
WHAT IS INTENSIVE TICK TREATMENT?
Mosquito Squad has long perfected our mosquito & tick spray, a.k.a. Barrier spray. Our spray eliminates adult ticks and mosquitoes on contact. Our time-released formula creates a barrier on your property that continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Perfect for immediate results, our tick spray is a great solution to eliminating today’s tick problem.
For long-term protection, Mosquito Squad deploys tick tubes twice a year. Made to work with the tick’s natural life cycle, Central Mass tick tubes eliminate tomorrow’s generation of ticks today. Cardboard tubes stuffed with treated cotton, mice will take the cotton to their dens for nesting material. When larval and nymph ticks enter the den on the mice, they are eliminated on contact.
Tick tubes are a great solution in areas where Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are prevalent. Ticks do not become infected with most tick-borne illnesses until they have their first blood meal from mice and other small rodents. By eliminating ticks at this phase of life, we limit the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
WHY ARE TICK TUBES DEPLOYED TWICE PER YEAR?
Tick tubes work with the tick life cycle for maximum effectiveness. According to URI’s Tick Encounter Resource Center, the tick life cycle is very predictable as ticks require a blood meal to transition from each of the 3 phases of life and to lay eggs. Tick larvae are active in August and September, take a blood meal and emerge in May as potentially infected nymph ticks. Our tick tube placement corresponds with the activity of the larval and nymph cycles in fall and spring to intercept their transition from one host to the next.
Adults are active through winter when not frozen and lay eggs around late May. Approximately 1,500 eggs from each female hatch in July to start the cycle over again.
Tick tubes exponentially lower the population of ticks on your property as you continue to use them. With each tick eliminated you prevent future generations from being born. Over time you’ll enjoy fewer ticks which means you’ll spend less time picking them off of yourself, your children and your pets and more time enjoying your gorgeous Central Massachusetts outdoor living spaces.
We are committed to providing you the best most up-to-date information on the threat of tick-borne diseases in Central Mass. Stay tuned for the latest on ticks in the area. Be sure to follow the 6 C’s of tick control to make certain your yard is not inadvertently attracting ticks.