As the winter conditions melt away in the coming weeks and the weather begins to warm up, many of us eagerly anticipate the chance to spend more time outdoors. But before you venture out into your yard or local park, it's important to remember the dangers that come with tick bites. Ticks are small, parasitic insects that can cause a host of illnesses, some of which can be severe and even life-threatening. That's why it's crucial to invest in tick control measures, like those offered by our team at Mosquito Squad of Springfield.
Why Holyoke tick control is a vital consideration
Ticks can carry a variety of diseases, but perhaps the most well-known is Lyme disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there may be over 475,000 new cases of Lyme disease every year in the United States. Signs of the disease can range from mild, flu-like symptoms to more serious complications like joint pain, heart problems, and even neurological damage. And while Lyme disease is the most common illness associated with tick bites, ticks can also transmit other diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis.
One of the biggest challenges with ticks is their size. Nymph ticks, which are adolescent ticks, can be as small as a poppy seed and are incredibly difficult to detect. Oftentimes, you won’t even feel them as they crawl along your skin. They are also particularly dangerous because they are more likely to transmit diseases like Lyme disease since they are often not discovered until they have already fed on a host for several days. Lyme disease is typically transmitted when a tick has latched on for somewhere between 24-48 hours. It's important to be diligent about checking yourself and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors, especially in areas with tall grass, bushes, or wooded areas. It never hurts to check!
Tick control in Holyoke from the trusted experts
While there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of encountering ticks, like clearing away yard waste and wearing protective clothing, the most effective tick control measures come from professionals. At Mosquito Squad of Springfield, we offer tick barrier treatments that can dramatically reduce the tick population on your property and are also effective against mosquitoes. Our treatments are effective for up to 21 days, and we recommend reapplications every two to three weeks to ensure continued, powerful defense throughout the warmer months.
Don't let ticks ruin your enjoyment of the great outdoors. Invest in Holyoke tick control from Mosquito Squad of Springfield to keep yourself and your loved ones defended against tick-borne illnesses. Give us a call at (413) 418-3359 today to schedule your tick control treatment and enjoy a worry-free spring and summer!