More Deer, More Ticks

Ticks are so tiny, yet so very dangerous.  It can be scary to think about while spending time in your yard!  As the deer population continues to increase, so is the tick population.  

Here in New Jersey, ticks are being carried closer and closer to our homes each day by deer.  Not only are deer eating our plants, they are giving ticks more opportunities to find new hosts to feed on, us!

Ticks to Watch Out For

The black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are the biggest culprit for tick borne diseases.  So far this year, dear activity is up and tick activity is expected to rise as well.  By 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict that Lyme disease will reach the 2,000,000 mark for people that are infected.  That’s a lot of zeroes!  From 2004 to 2016, Lyme disease cases have doubled!

It’s not just the deer tick that we must watch out for.  Along the coast, the Lone Star Tick can be dangerous as well.  More species are being introduced to New Jersey and other disease similar to Lyme disease are emerging. To see what some of these ticks look like, click here

Which host do each of the different types of ticks like to use?  Deer. 

Staying Safe During Tick Season

Here are some ways to stay safe:

  • Keep deer out:  A fence is the best solution, but costly.  Keep your yard clear of debris and try not to plant what deer like to eat.  Spaces near sheds and woodpiles could also encourage mice, who are another popular host for ticks.
  • If you have been outside, check for ticks.  Ticks like to crawl up to armpits, waistbands, and the backs of knees.  Don’t rule out other areas of your body, check everywhere!
  • Call Dirt & Turf at 1-732-673-9061. Let us help keep you safe! We offer organic insect control and under extreme conditions, a non-organic product can be used.  The non-organic insect control is more reliable and is still safe, it’s a synthetic plant-based product.  Organic is the way to go when the infestation isn’t severe.

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