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As a locally owned lawn care and pest control company, we understand the love for wanting to spend time outside when the weather lets us. We also understand how worrisome it can be to find ticks on your body! When you have The Turf Doctor on your side with over 75 years of experience providing tick control in Maine, you can rest assured that ticks will be eliminated from your property so that you can fully utilize your lawn during the beautiful summer months.

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Tick Control in Maine

A young brother and sister playing outside with their small black and white dog. The Turf Doctor provides tick control in Maine, protecting children, pets, and the entire family from ticks.

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:

  • A free inspection completed by one of our highly trained tick exterminators.
  • Organic tick spray products.
  • A material application to the property's perimeter, 4’ high and 15’ into the perimeter.
  • A 25’ barrier tick spray on your lawn and 15’ barrier tick spray on your home.
  • Our tick-free guarantee!

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What Diseases Do Ticks Transmit?

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:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Powassan virus
  • Tularemia
  • Lyme disease

How to Prevent Tick Bites

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.

  • Avoid Tick-Infested Areas: By avoiding tall grasses, bushes, and other dense vegetation in favor of dry and sunny areas, you’ll reduce the likelihood of coming into contact with ticks. If you’re going for a hike, stay on marked trails and stick to the center, away from excess leaf litter and brush.
  • Wear Protective Clothing: Long sleeves and pants reduce the amount of exposed skin, making it difficult for ticks to find a place to bite. Tucking your pants into long socks and wearing close-toed shoes gives you an extra layer of protection.
  • Treat Your Clothing and Gear: If you’re going to spend prolonged periods of time in areas where ticks are common, it’s important to treat your clothing and gear with products that contain 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used on clothing, boots, and camping gear to kill ticks before they get a chance to bite. It can last several washes and only needs to be reapplied every few months.
  • Use Tick Repellent: EPA-approved products with active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus can safely keep you tick-free. For the best protection, be sure to use tick repellents properly by following the product label instructions.

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Types of Ticks

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.

How Big Are Ticks?

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.

Black-Legged Tick

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 Tick

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 Tick

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.

Guaranteed Relief from Ticks

Due to how serious ticks can be, it’s no wonder that you want the best of the best when it comes to tick control in Maine. With the Turf Doctor, that’s exactly what you get! Our tick spray is backed by our 100% guarantee, meaning if you’re ever unhappy with our services, we will do whatever it takes to make sure you’re satisfied.

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