Are ticks a problem in Tennessee?

Posted by Mosquito Squad

December 20, 2023

Tick populations are on the rise in Tennessee and right now they are on the move. Tennesseans should be on the lookout for ticks.

Are ticks a problem? According to a report just published by Wired, they sure can be.

The bad news is that the vast majority of tick-borne disease goes unrecorded, meaning life-threatening pathogens are traveling under the radar to new locations. And Mt. Juliet, this includes you.

A disease that is so rare in the United States that it is recognized in only about 40 people each year has taken the life of a person living in the United States. The cause, Powassan virus, is transmitted by ticks, which can pass it on within 15 minutes of biting. The virus causes neurological damage; one out of every 10 people who develop severe symptoms die of brain inflammation, and about half of those who recover experience long-term problems with memory, balance, and speech.

Ticks are complex. The tiny parasites, because they survive only by taking sips of blood from reptiles, birds, and mammals, including us. They have complicated life cycles that involve three iterations of slurping up a meal, dropping off for a nap, and metamorphosing into a new form. Their species used to be regional, but now those lines are blurring, and that means the pathogens they carry aren’t regionalized either.

Ticks in Mt. Juliet and neighboring Tennessee areas account for abundant amounts of disease: 16 different illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which estimated in 2018 that the occurrence of illness caused by ticks and insects tripled between 2004 and 2016. Ticks accounted for at least 75 percent of that rise.

According to Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, a disease ecologist and associate professor at the Emory College of Arts and Sciences, “Tick-borne diseases are the most important vector-borne disease in the continental US when you tally the amount of disease transmitted to humans.”

So let’s face it, first, they are absolutely disgusting. When you find one trying to burrow underneath your skin, absolute repulsion is just the beginning of what you’ll feel.

And ticks are arachnids – yes, like spiders! If you hate spiders, you should doubly hate ticks. Why? Ticks have far more potential to negatively affect your health, or the health of a loved one or pet.

Mt. Juliet tick control is now a necessity – now more than ever.

Ticks found in Mt. Juliet can transmit a number of different diseases, but the most common in Tennessee include Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and anaplasmosis. The Tennessee Department of Health's Vector-Borne Diseases program tracks and responds to tick-borne diseases in our state, so Mt. Juliet tick control information stays current for our benefit.

Get rid of your tick problem with Mt. Juliet tick control!

So here’s the good news about Mt. Juliet tick control that will benefit Tennessee overall. Mosquito Squad has a brilliant two-prong formula for eliminating ticks and keeping them away.

Our acclaimed Mt. Juliet mosquito barrier protection spray works on ticks, too!

Plus .. and here’s the really great news … Mother Nature helps us achieve our Mt. Juliet tick control services goal. How? It’s fascinating, really.

We place tick tubes around your property that are filled with a cotton fiber material that is treated with a tick elimination substance.

When field mice look for nesting material – and they pick up that treated cotton – they spread it and make their beds where ticks live. Hence, WHAMMO, we get ‘em – literally right where they live.

Nashville area control doesn’t have to end in the fall.

With our Mt. Juliet tick control service tick tubes placed along your property where ticks are most likely to hide and nest, your exterior will be guarded from ticks all year long. When their cardboard tube exterior starts to naturally decompose, it’s time for us to replace them with new ones.

Ticks in Tennessee don’t have to be a huge problem for you. Get in touch with Mosquito Squad of Nashville for tried, trusted, effective Mt. Juliet tick control. Call 615-492-3662.