At Mosquito Squad of the Twin Cities, we spend March and April building up for a busy tick and mosquito season in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. During this time we work to get clients signed up for the season, prepare our equipment, and await the weather shift that means it is go time! While our mosquito clients don’t usually need us until May, our first tick control treatments are usually in April.
While many long-time clients are well aware of the early spring tick invasion, others are curious as to why we need to treat so early for ticks in the Twin Cities.
Minnesota Ticks Don’t Mind Cool Weather
Ticks can be active as soon as the weather is above freezing and the snow is melted. These early spring ticks are typically adult females looking for a blood meal to provide the nourishment they need to lay eggs in May. With each adult female laying up to 3,000 eggs, you can quickly see how eliminating these ticks in April can help lower the fall crop of tick larvae.
In addition, existing larvae molt into nymph ticks from May – July. These are the tiniest ticks that are most responsible for spreading diseases such as Lyme and Babesiosis. They are so small, it is hard to know when one latches on even. With our April application of tick barrier treatment and tick tubes, we can drastically lower the number of these dangerous pests that emerge.
Twin Cities Tick Prevention is Cumulative
With regular treatment and twice-yearly tick tubes, year-after-year, you can enjoy the cumulative effects of our tick prevention program. Spring is a great time to get started and we encourage you to start today so you don’t have to spend a single minute during the warm spring and summer months worrying about ticks on your property.
Call or email today to get a free quote from our team of tick experts.