Is Powassan Virus in Massachusetts?

Close up shot of a tick on a plant

Summer is at its zenith. People are flocking in abundance to the outdoors, and so are the insects that like to feed on us. As residents of the Northeast, we are accustomed to the many warnings we receive regarding ticks and mosquitoes, and this year is no different. Due to a variety of factors, including a warming climate and plenty of habitat, tick populations are exploding like never before, raising the risk of encountering tick-borne diseases. Of particular concern over the past few years has been Lyme disease due to the prevalence of this disease among tick populations and the estimated 300,000+ cases of the disease in the U.S. every year. Causing a variety of nasty symptoms, Lyme disease is a real health risk, but other tick-borne diseases are even more dangerous.

The importance of Wilbraham tick control

In the news for the past few weeks, for example, has been the Powassan virus. We’ve known about this disease for a while and the danger it poses to human health, and our concerns have been revived in recent weeks when a woman in CT tragically passed away from the disease. Powassan virus, fortunately, has a history of being quite rare, but there are fears that the disease could become more prevalent in the future. Powassan virus is scary for various reasons, including the fact that it can be transmitted within 15 minutes. Lyme disease, in contrast, can take more than 24 hours to pass on to a victim, meaning there is very little room for error with Powassan. Of further concern is that Powassan virus causes swelling of the brain called encephalitis. Any disease that targets the nervous system should be treated with a maximum level of concern, which means you need to stay wary of ticks in your yard. Already, several ticks have tested positive for Powassan in MA in the past few weeks. To defend yourself from ticks and the ailments they cause, make sure you contact the professionals.

Powerful Wilbraham tick control from the professionals

At Mosquito Squad, we’ve worked hard since 2005 to provide customers access to industry-leading treatments that are proven effective. With the help of our highly trained technicians and our barrier protection treatments, we can guarantee a drastic and pronounced reduction in the tick population on your property. With treatments every two to three weeks, your yard can once again be a sanctuary for you and your family. We care about your health and are here to ensure your outdoor living experience is one to savor.

Powassan virus has been detected in MA. Make sure to defend yourself against this disease with Wilbraham tick control from Mosquito Squad of Springfield. Give us a call at (413) 418-3359 .