Tick season is now headed into full-swing. As we inch ever so closer to summer, it’s important to know what type of tick you should be on the lookout for. Currently, ticks are in their smallest stage, the nymph stage. That’s why we feel it’s so important to help spread the word on ticks. Not only are we the top-tier provider of tick and mosquito control, but we want citizens in our area to know how they can be proactive.
The nymph stage of the tick life cycle is when ticks are at their smallest. The nymphs are much harder to see and may stay on a person longer, increasing the risk of infection. For this reason, it’s imperative that people check themselves more frequently after hiking or walking in a tick’s habitat. Essentially any area with moisture and leaves is a tick’s habitat. This could also apply within your yard if you have a compost pile or a wood pile that’s moist.
The nymph is undoubtedly known for transmitting Lyme disease. The highest months of onset of Lyme disease are June and July. This goes to show that those diagnosed with the disease were actually bitten prior to these months. According to a state Public Health Services bulletin, “there were 1,416 cases of Lyme disease in New Hampshire in 2014 and 1,371 in 2015. Numbers for 2016 are not yet available”.
The symptoms of Lyme disease are quite scary, including but not limited to:
- Bullseye rash (not always present!)
- Flu-like symptoms
- Joint pain
- Neurological problems
In a recent article by the Laconia Daily Sun, Abby Mathewson of state Public Health Services alluded to the fact that the tick population appears to be quite large. She stated, “We’re definitely hearing there are a lot of ticks out there this year”.
Call Mosquito Squad and Take Back Your Yard!
So, in conclusion, ticks are going to potentially be more of an issue this year than is considered normal by professionals. While we can’t assist you while you’re out hiking, we can ensure your yard is free of ticks and mosquitoes. If you’re interested in keeping your yard free of disease-carrying ticks, call Mosquito Squad of the NH Lakes Region today at (603) 301-4857. We look forward to hearing from you soon!