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Countdown To Tick Season

Posted by Jeff Gilchrist on Feb 21, 2019 12:58:42 PM

It is now only one month until Astronomical Spring; which means Tick Season will soon be upon us. With Spring come certain truths that we can generally rely on occurring in New England.

Tick Flagging Blog Photo

  • Snowmen will melt, but Flowers will rise.
  • Salt is generally reserved for seasoning our food; Not our cars!!
  • Meteorologists will once again use the terms "Cool" &"Chilly" instead of "Frigid" & "Arctic" 
  • Adult, Female Ticks will reactivate and lay THOUSANDS of EGGS...EACH!!

This last one is what always has us on our toes at Pure Solutions.  It is very difficult to precisely predict when Ticks will become active since it depends upon a couple of factors.

  1. There needs to be no Snow Cover
  2. Temperatures need to be above 35 degrees consistently during the day

Over the next few weeks our team will begin Flagging for Ticks when conditions are optimal.  Flagging on a near-daily basis will give us the best insight into when ticks are becoming active and consequently, when ticks will be a threat to our neighborhoods. Ticks are complex and do not simply activate one time. If it is 40 degrees and the ground is clear of snow then ticks can become active and move about. Then, if the temps drop below freezing at night the ticks can go back into dormancy until the next opportunity for activity.

When Adult, female deer ticks do become active in the Spring the first thing they will be looking to do is find a spot to lay their eggs. They will usually look for a spot in and around leaf-litter where their eggs can be somewhat protected form the weather. One Adult, female deer tick can lay up to 3,000 ticks once they become active during Spring. The spot at which a tick decides to lay it's eggs is referred to as a Tick Nest. Once the eggs in that nest hatch; be it in your yard, or in the woods, that area will be abounding with Ticks. This is why it is possible to never find ticks in certain parts of your property, but then become covered in them from other parts or the property.

The best method for Spring Tick Control is to be proactive. Routine, All-Natural property sprays are recommended as soon as conditions are adequate for tick activity meaning no snow cover and temperatures consistently above 35 degrees.  Visit our website for more information about our exclusive PROGAEA Tick Solutions.


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