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Tick Facts: Critical Things to Know About Ticks in Fall River

According to the CDC, Lyme disease comes close to epidemic proportions year-after-year in Massachusetts. And once upon a time, Lyme was the main illness we worried about here, but in the past few years, anaplasmosis and babesiosis instances have also increased at an alarming rate. With ticks presenting such a growing threat, we want to provide you with all the facts we can about ticks, the diseases they carry, and the best ways to protect against them.

Fascinating Facts About Ticks:

  • Ticks have been around since the first flowering plants. That’s about 90 million years.
  • There are approximately 899 species of tick. in the world and 90 in the United States. The three that affect us here in Fall River are dog ticks, deer ticks, and Lone Star ticks.
  • Ticks can cause Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, Powassan Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tularemia in the Fall River area. The most prevalent of course being Lyme disease.
  • Ticks latch on and can stay attached to their hosts for anywhere from 3 to 10 days.
  • Female ticks go through 4 life stages. For each stage, they take one long blood meal. A female tick, during the breeding stage, may increase her weight by 200 times during one blood meal.
  • To contract Lyme from a tick, it has to be attached for approximately 24 hours.
  • Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed or sesame seed.
  • Ticks cannot jump. They reach out from tall blades of grass and branches and grab onto their hosts.

Those are just a few tick facts of what could probably go on for pages. Amazing how something so tiny can be so intricate. However, of all the facts we can list, the most important fact is that prevention is key. At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, our barrier treatment begins to work against the adult ticks that cause Lyme immediately and combined with our tick tubes can continue to work all year long. Let us use the facts that we know so well to help protect your family against tick-borne illnesses. Call today. 508-536-4855

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