SECURITY PEST ELIMINATION
Security Pest Elimination has been providing high quality pest control services in Eastern MA for 22 years. We provide the following pest control services: Fast safe carpenter ant control and black ant control treatments. Licensed bat control, bat removal and bat dropping removal services. Fast extermination of carpenter bees, wasp nest removal & hornets. Professional squirrel removal & squirrel exclusions, expert squirrel control techniques, flying squirrel trapping & other animal control. Exterminators for mice control, rodent control, mouse control, rat control, flea control, tick control & spiders. Bed bug control, bed bug treatments, guaranteed complete bed bug elimination. Also, providing pest control services for many less common pest problems.
We perform the following Termite Control Services; termite pest inspection, free termite quotes, and industry leading longest lasting termite control treatments in MA.
We have provided this Web Site to help consumers identify pest control problems in the home or at their place of business. Our Photo Galleries are designed to bring you high quality digital images of common and unusual insects, along with nuisance wildlife which may be causing damage to your home or business. You can also find information about our Pest Control Services and the types of treatments we provide. All of our vehicles are unmarked for the privacy of our customers. Prices for most jobs can be quoted over the phone.
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MA Tick Control Spraying Services
As we all know, deer ticks are a big problem in Massachusetts. Our combination of woodlands and a large deer population provide a great tick habitat. 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 main agent of this disease is a microbe called Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks can also carry the Powassan virus. Most cases of Lyme Disease in the United States are in the northeastern part of the country.
The reservoir for Lyme is small mammals, specifically rodents. Ticks, primarily the blacklegged or deer tick, feed on deer and mice and the ticks transfer the microbe to humans. The disease does not appear to affect the deer or mice.
To reduce the presence of all kinds of ticks in your yard, be sure to keep your grass cut short and use a flea and tick prevention for dogs. Our tick control prevention service is a 3 treatment program. The 1st treatment is performed during the spring/early summer to kill the newly emerging ticks while in the very small nymph stage and two more treatments are performed during late summer/fall to kill the larger adult size ticks.
Massachusetts Tick Facts – Ticks only become infected with the agents causing Lyme disease when they take their blood meal from an infectious animal host. Contrary to popular belief, ticks don’t become infected by feeding on deer. Deer don’t transmit the disease to ticks, although they do play a important role in a tick’s life. Instead, it’s small rodents and some common species of birds, especially white-footed mice, that pass on the bacterial agent that causes Lyme disease.
Mice are active at night and live in the forest, brush, and in stone walls, and with more than 150,000 miles of stone walls in New England, that’s a lot of prime real estate. Stone walls are like rodent condominiums.
The poppy-seed size nymphs emerge in May and are active through July. They wait on shaded vegetation near the ground (yard perimeters), looking for a host, most likely a small mammal or bird to latch on to. However, a human or family dog is also suitable. Nearly 25 percent of nymphs are already infected with the disease, and they are much tougher to spot than infected adult ticks.
They crawl up from the ground, up our legs, and we don’t feel them. They’re hard to see.
After about four days and a steady diet of blood, the engorged nymph drops from its host into the leaf litter below. The tick then molts again, and when the fall comes, adult-stage ticks, now active, wait in tall grass or brushy stems usually a foot or two above the ground looking for its host to latch on to.
This is where deer come into the equation. White-tailed deer are an adult tick’s best friend. They are the main reproductive host. If no deer are around, then most likely no deer ticks will be around.
The adult-stage ticks are active from October throughout the winter, as long as the ground isn’t frozen or covered with snow. However, there is some good news: In New England, where temperatures typically fall below freezing, the adult tick may be kept dormant by frigid air.
A blood-engorged female – after feeding for about seven days in the fall or spring – detaches from its host and falls off; if the host is a deer, ticks fall off where ever deer may be bedded down. It survives the winter in the forest litter, and around Memorial Day, each female tick begins laying more than 1,500 eggs.
That’s when the new larvae start the whole two-year cycle of the deer tick again.
While more than half of adult stage ticks are infected with Lyme disease, they are not as dangerous as they are in the spring nymphal stage. That’s because the fall appleseed sized adults are easier to spot. The pathogen transmission from the embedded infected ticks to pets and humans begins to occur in about 24 to 36 hours.
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