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Ticks on Martha's Vineyard [Resources]

Posted by Graham Henningson on Jun 21, 2016 12:30:00 PM

With many of us traveling to Martha's Vineyard, and some lucky ones who live there year-round, it's important to be aware of the tick species on the island and the best way to protect ourselves and our families so we can enjoy the beautiful beaches and explore the landscape. Based on the deer density of the island and weather conditions, the tick populations are active in high numbers almost every season.

Martha's Vineyard Board of Health reported that in 2011, 25% of people ages 5 to 18 have been treated for Tick-Borne illnesses (TBI) one or more times, and 54% reported a family member being treated for TBI. Tourists especially are at risk as many are not aware of the symptoms and do not seek medical treatment. 

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Tick Identification: American Dog Ticks vs Deer Ticks [Infographic]

Posted by Pure Solutions on Apr 2, 2016 2:55:00 PM

American Dog Ticks and Deer Ticks are two common tick species found throughout the United States, especially in New England. Both species transmit tick-borne illnesses. Tick bite prevention starts with awareness. When you understand their behavior, seasonality, and appearance of different tick species in your local environment, you can better protect yourself and your loved ones.
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Why You Should Spray for Ticks in Early Spring

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 23, 2016 11:53:00 AM

New England is a hot bed for Lyme disease due to ideal temperatures and accessibility to hosts for deer ticks. Deer ticks are essentially a threat year-round in New England, but can be slowed down by extreme cold or hot temperatures as well as heavy snow fall. They have a two-year life cycle and search for different sized hosts depending on the season and their current life-stage.


So why spray for ticks in early Spring?

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How to Protect Your Dog From Ticks

Posted by Pure Solutions on Mar 18, 2016 3:34:00 PM

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3 Reasons Spraying for Ticks Protects Your Family

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 14, 2016 12:05:00 PM

Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and other illnesses are spread by the bite of an infected tick. If you and your family live near wooded or grassy areas, you could be susceptible to tick bites.  People living in or visiting New England are especially at a high risk. Prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of Lyme disease through property sprays that eliminate ticks in your yard. Here are 3 reasons why you should be spraying for ticks this season:

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Pesticide Safety & Controlling Deer Ticks

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 11, 2016 3:00:00 PM

A quick glance outside is enough to know that mean old Father Winter has finally gone away, and it’s time to see Mother Nature’s more pleasant side.

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Implement a Spring Yard Clean Up To Reduce Tick Populations

Posted by Graham Henningson on Mar 9, 2016 9:01:01 AM

Spring is finally here in New England and it's time for a spring yard clean up! Along with flowers and rain showers, female adult deer ticks emerge to lay thousands of eggs that will hatch later this year. Once a a new female tick is born, they have a two-year life cycle ending after they lay thousands of eggs of their own. Combined with wildlife, the two-year life cycle explains why some experience these creepy crawlers for the first time near a home they have lived in for years.

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The Start of Spring is the Start of Deer Tick Season

Posted by Rani Wise on Mar 1, 2016 11:30:00 AM

April showers bring May flowers, but springtime also brings the dreaded tick. Ticks are part of the arachnid family, which also includes mites, spiders, and scorpions. They are often found in shady, damp, leafy, wooded, or grassy areas, including our backyards.

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Tick Prevention: Tips For Reducing Tick Habitat in Your Yard

Posted by Graham Henningson on Feb 29, 2016 4:49:37 PM

Your yard can make a great home for several species of ticks. Deer ticks in particular that transmit Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are active from early spring through late fall in New England. Tick prevention starts with awareness. In order to protect ourselves and our family from ticks, we need to understand where ticks live in our yards.

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Talking Ticks: The Deer Tick Life Cycle

Posted by Pure Solutions on Feb 19, 2016 12:00:00 AM

As soon as temperatures rise in the late Winter and early Spring, tick populations reactivate. Although some species of ticks are dormant during the cold winter months, they become active earlier than you may think. When temperatures rise above freezing and the snow cover begins to melts, ticks begin to emerge and look for hosts.

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