Tick & Mosquito Program

Tick & Mosquito Control

Mosquito Control: 6 sprays per season to help control mosquitoes all season long.

Tick Control: 3 applications to control all ticks to help protect your family and pets from Lyme disease.

 

Tick facts: Did you know?

1.)   Ticks do not die in the winter! Adult deer ticks actually become more active after the first frost of a season!

2.)   Though many species of ticks can transmit different diseases only the deer tick
(or member of the deer tick family) can transmit Lyme disease.

3.)   Ticks are part of the arachnid family and there are 850 species worldwide.

4.)   Ticks like tall grassy areas. Keeping your yard free of tall grass and brush may reduce the tick population in your yard.

5.)   Ticks like to hide in invasive plants such as Barberry and Honeysuckle. Removing these plants will help to reduce the tick population on a property.

6.)   Not all deer tick bites cause a “bulls-eye”. Tick bites are painless. If you have flu like symptoms in the summer, you should consult a doctor.

Click here for photos of ticks found in Maine

Deer Ticks

Deer ticks have a two-year life cycle that involves them feeding (blood meals) three times. Deer tick NEED blood to survive. Year one of the deer tick in the Northeast begins in spring. The adult female lays up to 3000 eggs on the ground. These larvae hatch in late-summer, have six legs and are about the size of a period at the end of a sentence. They are very hard to detect and have their first blood meal on small hosts such as mice, birds and other small rodents. This is when they are infected with the Lyme disease bacteria. After a few days the tick becomes fully engorged and falls off the host. In the spring of year two the larvae molt into a nymph and look for their second blood meal. This is when pets and humans are susceptible to picking up ticks. These ticks are very small and easily missed. After feeding again for a few days the nymph drops and molts into the eight-legged adult tick. In late-summer/early spring the adult tick looks for another host to feed and mate, again making pets and humans susceptible to being bit and contacting the Lyme disease. The adult tick is much easier to see. The female will feed for up to a week on the host and drop off. The life-cycle begins again the following spring when the female lays her eggs.

 

Mosquito Facts: Did you know?

1.)    There are 176 species of mosquitos in the U.S.A but 2700 in the world!

2.)    Mosquitoes only fly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.

3.)    Only female mosquitos bite humans.

4.)    All mosquitos need water to breed and can breed in areas such as a small puddle left from rain or dew.