The Issue

Babesiosis and Lyme Disease

Ticks are carriers of two increasingly common diseases: Babesiosis and Lyme Disease. Unfortunately, a new disease associated with ticks has also been discovered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Ehrlichiosis/Anaplasmosis.
Tick-borne diseases are growing in numbers in the northeastern coastal regions of Massachusetts. Pet owners and home owners alike need to be aware of ticks and the problems they can cause.

“Lyme disease is caused by the bite of infected deer ticks. Symptoms include a distinctive “bull’s-eye” shaped rash, fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and joint aches. About 15,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States every year. Almost all of those cases occurred in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.”
- Ticks and Lyme Disease: PestWorld for Kids.

Signs of Deer Ticks

In Massachusetts, a common tick is the Deer Tick.

  • Deer Ticks cling to plants near the ground – especially in wooded, grassy or brushy areas.
  • While the Deer Tick cannot jump or fly, it clings to humans and their clothing when people or pets brush up against it.
  • Ticks can bite both small animals and humans, so tick-borne diseases can be transmitted to humans either directly from the tick or from the bite of an infected animal, including squirrels and chipmunks.
  • A single tick bite can result in a human contracting more than one disease – such as Lyme Disease and Babesiosis – at the same time.
  • These diseases can be treated effectively when diagnosed early. However, while doctors are getting better at diagnosing Lyme Disease as it becomes more prevalent, the same is not true of Babesiosis, which is still often misdiagnosed.
  • Ticks are most active in Massachusetts between April and September.
  • Ways to avoid tick bites and the diseases they may carry are to control the ticks and to practice smart bite prevention measures.

The full Babesiosis advisory from the Massachusetts Department of Health along with precautionary advice on controlling ticks and preventing bites is available online here.

The Solution

Ticks can be effectively controlled with a combination of home owner involvement and the proper application of pesticides by Lynch Plant Healthcare in the areas where ticks commonly inhabit and thrive – your yard, brushy areas and areas of high grass and shade.

  • Home owners need to keep lawns mowed and bushes trimmed
  • Enroll in Lynch Plant Healthcare’s Tick Control management program.
  • We recommend a series of two treatments for the most effective control – April and July.
  • We are working Boston Environmental (a customer and partner) to perform lawn surveys for ticks (if requested).

If you have experienced issues with ticks – especially if you live in a heavily wooded area or have high grass or brush around your home – please consider a Lynch Plant Healthcare tick treatment program.

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