In the northeastern United States, the deer tick (Ixodes dammini) is the primary vector of Borrelia burgdoferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.
In endemic areas it is estimated that one-fifth to one-third of deer tick nymphs are infected with B. burgdoferi and that one-half of deer tick adults are infected. In turn, because of multiple tick bites on tick hosts, it is estimated that nearly all host mammals in endemic areas have been exposed to the bacterium. If deer ticks feed on infected hosts like white-tailed deer or white-footed mice, and then feed on you, your child, or your pet, they can vector B. burgdorferi from an infected blood host to your family.
...the most effective times for controlling ticks are at population peaks.
Deer ticks have a complex two year life cycle. Nymph populations peak in mid spring and adult populations peak in the fall. Accordingly, these are the best opportunities to kill deer ticks in your yard. Ticks move onto your property between these applications on deer, white footed mice, birds, or any of the other various blood hosts they have. Accordingly, for maximum protection, we also offer early spring and mid/late summer tick control applications.
Anyone can go out and spray pesticides around haphazardly and call it tick control. Effective control of deer ticks requires great attention to detail: proper mix ratio, recognition of habitats that ticks favor, and the appropriate equipment. In conjunction with our tree and shrub care programs we can provide very effective tick control, thereby minimizing the possibility someone in your family will contract Lyme Disease.