Tick Control in Danbury, CT
As we all know, deer ticks are a big problem in the east and Connecticut is one of the worst states for ticks and the diseases they carry. The greater Danbury, New Milford and Ridgefield area provides great tick habitat with our dense woods and deer population.
Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne disease in North America. It is a well publicized disease and has gained national attention due to its rapid spread. The causative agent of this disease is a microbe called Borrelia burgdorferi. Most cases of Lyme Disease in the United States are in the eastern half of the country. And if that isn't enough to worry about - now there is a new disease carried by ticks. Click here for information on the Powassan virus.
The reservoir for Lyme is small mammals, specifically rodents. Ticks, primarily the blacklegged or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, feed on deer and mice and the ticks transfer the microbe to humans. The disease does not appear to affect the deer and is not documented affecting the other hosts. Click here to read a short synopsis of the ticks in our area.
To reduce the presence of all kinds of ticks in your yard, be sure to keep your grass cut short and your pets on veterinary-monitored tick preventatives. (There is a canine vaccine against Lyme disease and an annual booster as well.) In the greater Danbury area you can call Mt. Pleasant Hospital for Animals for information or your personal Veterinary Hospital. Do not encourage deer and other wildlife to travel in your yard. Ask us to come out to inspect your yard for ticks and evidence of tick-infested urban wildlife. Our tick elimination service is a four treatment program, two treatments during spring/early summer and two during late summer/fall.
For more information on ticks, there is a very good source put out by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, called the Tick Managment Handbook. Click here for the pdf of the Handbook.
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