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The Asian Longhorned Tick and the Powassan Virus

Top view of nymph and female Asian longhorned tick (Image credit; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

ohDEER is the leader in-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We were founded in 2007 in response to a call, and a need, for solutions – that don’t include toxins and harsh chemicals – to keep people, pets, and livestock safe from the diseases that mosquito and ticks can spread, and to keep landscapes from being marred and damaged by deer munching on leaves, flowers, buds, and branches.

As the call and need for all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control continues to grow and expand, so do the business and operations of ohDEER.

Through our corporate headquarters in Wayland, MA, and our franchise network – which is adding locations at a strong pace – we provide coverage and service across all of Massachusetts (including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket) and Rhode Island; the eastern part of Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

We use this blog, and our broader social media network, to forge stronger bonds with our customers, and the public at large, and to provide helpful and important information.

Definitely information that is helpful, and which is important, is that about a disease that the Asian longhorned tick– first invasive tick that has shown up in the U.S. in almost 50 years, including in the northeastern part of the country – can spread to humans and animals.

Last August, in this space, we reported on the arrival of the Asian longhorned tick and danger it presents to livestock in the form of theileriosis, a disease that inhibit milk production in dairy cows, cause blood loss and even death in cow calves, and in sheep weaken the wool they grow.

Since that post went up, more and more information has become available about another disease that the Asian longhorned tick spreads – to humans and animals.

That disease is Powassan virus, which is rare in the U.S. Northeast, but has certainly appeared in the region with incidences human infection rising over the past few years, including in ohDEER territory.

Again, Powassan virus is rare in this part of the planet.  But it is here and it can make people and animals seriously ill.  Sometimes, even, the disease can be fatal for humans.

Please click here to be taken to a page at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where is documented numbers of human Powassan disease infections in the U.S. year by year, from 2008 through 2017, and also the total numbers per state during that period.

It is never our intent here to be alarmists.  Yet ohDEER also wants to make sure that our customers, and the broader public, are aware of very real health dangers.

ohDEER also makes sure that we do all we can to keep you and your family safe from any dangers that deer or ticks or mosquitoes can pose to you and your family.