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Central and Eastern Massachusetts is home to 51 Mosquito species. The good news is not every species actively feeds on Humans or our pets! Unfortunately, that is about all the good news there is for Mosquitoes. Depending on the season, weather conditions, flooding or proximity to wetlands different mosquito species can be present at different times. Some species only feed at night while some feed during the daytime.
With all the news stories on Zika, West Nile, and Triple E it is understandable people are nervous. While it still needs to be proven that our species of mosquitoes can transmit Zika, it has been proven that West Nile and Triple E are transmittable in MA. Don't forget your pets and have them checked for Heartworm which is a very serious mosquito-born disease. Something you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property is to eliminate standing water (clogged rain gutters, old tires, birdbaths, etc). Remember that other bloodsucker the Tick can transmit Lyme disease that affects both humans and our pets.
Fleas are more than annoying, they are a health hazard to humans, canines, and felines too! Flea bites can cause itching, swelling, and allergic reactions. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to your pet if they are ingested. An infestation needs to be controlled as soon as possible because fleas multiply rapidly. While there are different types of fleas the most common is the Cat Flea (Don’t be fooled by the name it feeds on dogs and humans too).
Flea control requires a partnership between Ransford and the home or business owner. It is also important to involve your Veterinarian and or Groomer. Teamwork and timed treatment is essential for a successful result. Here's how we'll work with you:
While it may be appealing to just buy a “flea bomb", most people need to hire a pest control company to get long term control of fleas. Please remember that the materials in the Flea Bomb can be flammable and using too many at the same time can be an explosion hazard.
Ransford uses a blend of different materials to control fleas. We use a IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) for long term control, along with a Pyrethrin product to give Quick knockdown of adult fleas. Material usage will depend on the floor type (Cement, Hardwood, Tile, Carpet) Ransford will use the right material for your particular floor needs.
Not only does pest control make life safer and healthier for the people in our lives, but it can also do the same for our pets!
Deer Ticks have a two-year life cycle, during which time it passes through three stages: larva, nymph, and adult. The tick must take a blood meal at each stage before maturing to the next. Ticks are active year-round; they live under the leaf litter under the snow and feed on mice and other small animals. It is usually the nymphs that people find in the springtime. In the Fall, Deer tick, females latch onto a host and drink its blood for four to five days. After it is engorged, the tick drops off and overwinters in the leaf litter of the forest floor. The following spring, the female lays several hundred to a few thousand eggs in clusters.
Unfortunately, ticks can spread at least 10 different types of diseases in humans. These can include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichosis, and Babeiois. The type of illness you can receive from a tick depends on its species and what type of bacteria or pathogen it might be carrying.
Lyme disease is also a huge concern with ticks. It can be a very serious disease that doctors find difficult to diagnosis. Without a diagnosis and correct treatment, symptoms can be hard to get under control.
Symptoms are easily confused with other illnesses and usually begin with flu-like fever, aches, pains, and chills. Also, most people who have been bitten by a tick and develop Lyme disease have a bullseye looking rash around the bite area, although this is not true in all people. As many as 9 out of 10 cases of Lyme disease may go unreported, so be sure to see your doctor right away if you think you have a tick bite.
One of the best ways to deal with ticks is to prevent them from entering your yard completely. Even if you don’t think your yard can play host to ticks, you’re better off being safe than sorry. Here are a few tips that can help.
Don’t let ticks rule your concerns this year. Prevent problems, and if you do notice an infestation, contact professional help immediately.
Tick control is a multipoint process at Ransford. Here are some of the steps:
For long term control, Ransford recommends exterior rodent bait stations to reduce the food source the ticks need to survive. Fall is when the adult ticks climb to find a “large host” like a Deer. Late September to October is when Ransford will use a liquid to treat the perimeter foliage for adult ticks. Ransford has both green products and regular insecticides for use on ticks and would be happy to discuss both products.
Yes, some ticks do live in wood piles. Ticks love areas such as decomposing leaves, or piles of wood where rodents are also often found. If you want to keep ticks away from your yard, limit the number of dark areas subject to moisture.
Ransford Pest Control is proud to provide tick, flea, and mosquito services to New England. If you're looking to spend time outdoors without worries of nuisance pests, we're here for you! Here are some of the areas we provide services: