One of the best parts about living in Maine is the great outdoors. There's a lot of land to hike on, fields to go on picnics and take pictures in, and beaches to spend time with family on. One worry a lot of homeowners have is the fact that they may bring ticks into their home. With our grass types and the amount of time spent outdoors, it's possible that ticks can come in with pets or humans. The good news is that when you partner with The Turf Doctor for tick control in Maine, we can treat the perimeter of your home in order to keep ticks away! This way, they won't be able to get in through cracks and crevices in your crawlspace or foundation.
Our monthly tick control in Maine includes:
It’s important to have tick prevention around your home as these blood-sucking pests can wreak havoc on your health. Tick bites can cause a variety of diseases that are harmful to you and your loved ones, even affecting your pets. Not every tick is guaranteed to be infected, while other ticks can carry more than one disease.
Common tick-borne diseases in Maine include:
Ticks may seem scary, but there are some simple precautions you can take to prevent tick bites, keeping you and your family safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
Here in Maine, there are three main types of ticks we deal with: black-legged ticks, American dog ticks, and woodchuck ticks. While they might seem similar at first, each species has its own habits, life cycles, appearances, and threats to human well-being.
Everyone knows that ticks are gross nuisances, but did you know they’re actually related to spiders? Ticks are arachnids, so just like spiders, they have eight legs. They’re typically very small, ranging from the size of a poppy seed to a sesame seed, unless they’ve just eaten. A tick that’s fully engorged is round instead of flat, and can reach up to half an inch long. Any tick species you encounter would typically be about this size.
Commonly referred to as deer ticks, black-legged ticks are active any time temperatures are above freezing. This means deer ticks can be active all year long, although they pose the biggest risk from spring through fall. They hide in tall grass and shrubs, waiting for a host to get close enough to latch onto. Suitable hosts include humans, dogs, other mammals, birds, and even reptiles.
Black-legged ticks can transmit bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Transmitting the bacteria through a tick bite isn’t instantaneous, so removing a tick within 24 hours can greatly reduce the likelihood of contracting Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States and what most people worry about when it comes to ticks. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried and transmitted by black-legged ticks. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and rash which typically resembles a bull’s eye. Most cases can be successfully treated with antibiotics within a few weeks.
American dog ticks are found in grassy fields, along trails, walkways, and other areas with light vegetation. While they prefer to feed on dogs, these ticks can affect humans and other domesticated or wild animals. They can also survive up to two years without a host. Dog ticks are most active from April to August, and typically lay dormant during the winter, riding out cooler temperatures underground or in leaf piles.
Woodchuck ticks feed primarily on small mammals, such as woodchucks, raccoons, foxes, skunks, dogs, and cats; however, they will occasionally feed on humans. They thrive in warm temperatures, so they’re most active in summer months, with peak numbers in July. Woodchuck ticks tend to hide in and around the dens of their hosts; however, they can also live in the cracks and crevices of your home.
At Turf Doctor, we understand how serious a tick infestation can be. We also understand that, when ticks take over your yard, you want them gone. That’s why we back our tick control in Scarborough with our 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can rest assured that your yard will be safe and comfortable. If ticks persist after our treatment, just let us know and we’ll return to perform all necessary re-treatments at no extra cost to you.
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