What’s the problem?
Over the last several years tick populations have boomed throughout Maine. Beyond the obvious discomfort of a pest that feeds on people they also carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme and Powassan. Currently, we are mostly concerned with the black-legged tick, also knows as the deer tick, as they carry Lyme. With the large populations of American Dog Ticks in Maine, which are the carrier of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the Maine CDC has been monitoring for the introduction of RMSF although so far it has fortunately not been identified in Maine.
What’s the solution?
Our Yard Defense program treats the yard for any current ticks and those that may be dropped by wildlife passing through your yard. The program is designed around monthly applications to disrupt the tick life cycle and make a significant reduction to the population.
Since the white-footed mouse is the vector that passes Lyme to ticks it is also helpful to have a rodent management program in place. Removal of birds feeders and other food sources can reduce the attractiveness of your yard for these mice thereby limiting how many infected deer ticks are dropped.