The summer is finally here and that means it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the long, sun-filled days and beautiful summer weather. Unfortunately, living in Massachusetts also means that along with the ocean breezes and fantastic weather comes some pest issues that may be lurking in your own backyard.Between the prevalence of Black-legged ticks and those nuisance mosquitoes, enjoying a backyard BBQ with family or evening under the stars with friends can become a worrisome ordeal. Luckily, there are some solutions to these issues that can give homeowners control again over their own yard.
Let’s take a closer look at the hazards that ticks and mosquitoes can pose to you and your family as well as some simple ways to make your backyard safer this pest season.
The Dangers of Ticks & Mosquitoes
Both ticks and mosquitoes can carry diseases that are harmful (and sometimes fatal) to humans. Avoiding tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases is the best prevention against contracting these diseases.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The most common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts are Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Other diseases that are more rare, but still occur, are Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan virus.”
Diseases that can be spread by the bite of a mosquito (or mosquito-borne diseases) include: the Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue, and Malaria. Thankfully, in New England we mostly need to focus on two diseases: West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”), according to MassGov.com.
Preventing bites from ticks and mosquitoes is the best way to prevent vector borne diseases. Here are a few steps that you can take to protect your friends and family even when just stepping into your backyard.
- Wear insect repellent with the ingredient DEET.
- Treat your clothing with 0.5% permethrin, which will deter bites from both ticks and mosquitoes.
- Wear light clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
- Avoid heading outdoors during peak times for mosquitoes including dawn and dusk.
- Cut back trees and bushes from your backyard.
- Remove any standing water that could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Keep your lawn trimmed short.
- Shower soon after being outdoors to remove any ticks that have not yet embedded themselves.
- Check your children and partner’s skin for ticks. They especially like hidden areas such as armpits, hairlines, groin, and behind the knees.
How Carpenter Costin Can Help
Taking personal precautions to keep the ticks and mosquitoes at bay is one thing, but Carpenter Costin can also help remove the problem from your backyard with our tick and mosquito treatment options. Talk to our specialists about what type of treatment and timing of treatments for your property would be best for your family. Reduce the worry this summer season about what disease you may be exposed to in your own backyard with our tick and mosquito treatments.