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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Like mosquitoes, ticks are not only a nuisance but also a transmitter of disease that can affect tens of thousands of individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year, a disease that can often times go misdiagnosed.

Lyme Disease is transmitted when the Ixodes scapularis, also known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick, has been attached for 36 to 48 hours or more. These ticks attach themselves to any part of the human or animal body, and often times in very hard areas to see such as the groin, armpit or scalp. If you, your family or pets have been in an area that is heavily wooded, and most likely heavily populated with ticks, take the time to inspect for ticks, and if you happen to find a tick anywhere on you, a family member or pet make sure you take these steps provided by the CDC for the correct removal process.

Follow The 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your Property to prevent the breeding of ticks in your yard and learn how Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota can help eliminate adult ticks through a barrier spray on the spot as well as use tick tubes to effectively eliminate nymph ticks.

The 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your Property

Keeping your property less attractive to ticks is as easy as 1,2,3 with the 6 C’s of tick control to guide the way.

1. Clear out.

Reduce tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gather. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic.

2. Clean.

Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow your grass regularly and keep the lawn short.

3. Choose plants.

Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

4. Check hiding places.

Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. The base of fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Care for family pets.

Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick medication. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

6. Call in the Pros.

Our Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota professionals utilize both barrier sprays that eliminate adult ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes” that effectively eliminate nymph ticks.

Call Mosquito Squad at 218-829-9342 to further discuss your mosquito and tick control options!

All information is from lymedisease.org and the CDC

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