Ticks a Real Problem for New England

American Dog Ticks, Brown Dog Ticks and Black Legged Deer Ticks are the most common species found in New England. Infestations have been on the rise here over the past few years, which is a concern for pest professionals and homeowners alike. Ticks not only cause discomfort and irritation, they are carriers of diseases such as Lyme disease and HGE (Human Granulocytic Erlichiosus.) Ticks cannot hop or fly and must latch on to their targets from elevated surfaces such as tall grass and overgrown vegetation, making areas on the exterior of your home susceptible to infestation.

Ticks “A Modern Solution”

Modern’s HomeCare Tick Protection Program is designed to treat tick hot spots on your home’s exterior. During your initial service, your Modern Pest Professional will determine the species of tick or ticks present and identify areas with active tick activity, documenting the severity of the infestation. Modern’s Residential Tick Protection Program is centered on reducing the number of ticks present in and around your yard and removing the conditions that support tick activity.  Follow-up inspections and treatments are conducted every season with additional treatments (2-3) over the summer months when ticks are most active.

Tips for Preventing Tick Bites

The best way to avoid tick bites is to stay out of tick-infested areas. Follow these tips when working or walking in areas that may be infested with ticks.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Light colors are best so ticks are easier to detect.
  • Secure the bottom of pants inside socks or tie close around ankles.
  • Wear a hat to help cover your head and hair. Tuck in long hair under your hat.
  • Use tick repellent applied to clothing, particularly the lower body and the arms.
  • Wash clothing in warm water and detergent immediately. Never throw potentially infested clothing in a hamper with other clothes or on the floor.
  • Protect pets by keeping them out of tick-infested areas and consult your vet for tick treatment products.
  • Inspect pets carefully after walking in wooded areas and fields.

Removing Ticks

Ticks that may have attached themselves to your skin must be removed carefully. Do not squeeze the tick as this may squeeze their fluid into your skin causing infection. Use a tick remover, available from Modern Pest Services. Place the wide part of the notch on the skin near the tick, sliding the remover forward to detach the tick, working slowly to withdraw the tick’s mouthparts, lowering the chance of the head being left in the skin. After removal wash the area with soap and water to prevent infection.