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MAY THROUGH JULY THE PRIME PERIOD OF THE YEAR FOR TRANSMISSION OF LYME DISEASE FROM TICKS TO HUMANS

For those of us in the business of tick control, prevention, and elimination- and that would be us, ohDEER – this time of year carries a special significance.

And that is because most of the transmission of Lyme disease from lxodes scapularis- commonly called the blacklegged tick or deer tick – to humans takes place during the stretch from May through July.

Ticks pass on the disease- a multisystem bacterial infection – when they bite and latch on to humans. Ticks aren’t born with the disease, but acquire it from animal hosts infected with the bacteria from which ticks suck their food source- blood.

A favorite feeding host for ticks are deer. In that the deer population is exploding in Massachusetts and southern New England, so too is the population of ticks. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can cause neurological problems, fatigue, skin conditions, headaches… and other symptoms. Pets and livestock can also contract Lyme disease.

Following is information on the lifecycle of the deer tick that is provided by the University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center:

Life-cycle of Ixodes scapularis (a.k.a. blacklegged or deer tick) in the northeast/mid-Atlantic/upper mid-western United States. Larval deer ticks are active in August and September but these ticks are pathogen-free. Ticks become infected with pathogens when larvae (or nymphs) take a blood meal from infectious animal hosts. Engorged larvae molt over winter and emerge in May as poppy-seed sized nymphal deer ticks. Please note that most cases of Lyme disease are transmitted from May through July, when nymphal-stage ticks are active. Adult-stage deer ticks become active in October and remain active throughout the winter whenever the ground is not frozen. Blood-engorged females survive the winter in the forest leaf litter and begin laying their 1,500 or more eggs around Memorial Day (late May). These eggs hatch in July, and the life-cycle starts again when larvae become active in August.

ohDEER provides an all natural and highly effective spray solution that keeps your property free of ticks. Please click here where you can learn more about our tick control (and mosquito control) system. If you have a tick problem, or want to prevent one, please give us a call for an onsite consultation.