While you may know the deer tick is the most common transmitter of Lyme disease, you may not know which life stage it’s in, and that’s the bad news. Right now, blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) are in their nymph stage and are nearly impossible to see. Simultaneously, and for this very reason, this is the time of year when Lyme disease is most prevalent here in New Hampshire and the rest of the northeast. Fortunately, if you’re looking to keep your yard free of ticks, you can rely on the experts at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.
According to a recent article by the Sentinel Source, “Between late spring and mid-summer they’re minuscule – only a millimeter in length. It’s hard to see them or feel them when they crawl on your skin. And that’s why now is the time state officials and scientists say ticks pose the biggest threat to people”. In fact, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services receives its peak number of Lyme disease reports in June and July. The reason for this is primarily due to the fact that both the nymph ticks and, more importantly, their bites are extremely difficult to notice.
Without question, nymph deer ticks are the most likely to be missed when spot checking yourself for ticks. We are in tick country and it’s important to be proactive when it comes to keeping yourself from coming into contact with these potentially disease-carrying pests. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recommends wearing longs pants and long-sleeve shirts outdoors, reducing ticks around your home by removing leaf litter and keeping the grass short, and using insect repellent that contains DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus when going outdoors. In addition to this, it’s also important to perform daily checks for ticks and remain hyper-vigilant while doing so in order to spot the nymph ticks.
To keep your yard free of ticks and mosquitoes all summer long, just call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. We perform tick control services in Alton, NH, and surrounding areas and will aid you in ensuring your yard isn’t a tick feeding frenzy. You can get in touch with us by calling us at 603.380.4541, emailing us at [email protected] or by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!