Winter 2022-2023 in Massachusetts was a mild winter that brought warmer weather quicker than normal for Massachusetts, which unfortunately means one thing is sure to happen: an early start to tick season in Middlesex county. Because those little nasty pests have gotten a head start, it is important to take advantage of tick control in Massachusetts.
The 2023 Tick Season
Typically, in the New England area, we usually only see two types of ticks: the black-legged and the deer tick. However, because of warmer weather, we are now seeing more reports of the lone star tick (a more southern species of tick) in our area.
Deer ticks and black-legged ticks are known to carry Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and often other diseases. While the lone star tick does not carry Lyme disease, it does transmit other harmful bacteria that cause an array of illnesses. Many of these illnesses will lead to hospitalization and sometimes even life-altering long-term side effects. “As soon as it warms up a little bit, the ticks are immediately out looking for something to bite,” Kaitlyn O’Donnell, entomologist for Norfolk County Mosquito Control District, said.
Ticks are not the only thing to emerge from their houses when the weather warms up – humans and pets now start to wander outside as well. Because of this, experts are asking people and pets that spend time outside this spring and summer to exercise caution and take preventive measures, including tick control treatments.
Tick Control Treatments in Massachusetts
Keeping ticks out of your backyard is something that we are very passionate about here at SVMT, providing tick control in Massachusetts.
There are several things you can do to help keep ticks from wandering into your yard, such as:
- Remove leaf litter.
- Clear tall grasses/brush at the edge of lawns.
- Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas
- Mow the lawn frequently.
However, one of the best ways to keep ticks out of your home and backyard is to routinely treat the yard with a traditional, synthetic yard tick treatment or an all-natural tick control treatment. Here at SVMT we provide both tick treatments on a convenient pre-scheduled routine. Get a Massachusetts tick control quote today with SVMT and protect your family!