Dewey Pest and Wildlife is committed to the environment and protecting you and your family not only from pests and wildlife but from unnecessary use of chemicals. We are dedicated to being in the forefront of technology and treatment methods in order to better solve your pest issues.
Dewey offers an organic treatment using IC3 to reduce your tick and mosquito population. IC3 consists of natural botanicals including rosemary and peppermint oils.
Why are we seeing an abundance of ticks this season?
In 2010 the acorn population increased. This led to a boom in the mouse population, creating an abundance of ticks this season. Ticks can carry disease and can spread two or three types of infections in one bite. This is why it is so important to minimize your family's exposure to ticks as much as possible, and it starts with your home.
Below are some helpful chemical free tips for you and your family:
• Remove leaf debris from your property
• Cut back shrubs around the edge of your lawn
• Keep pets out of the woods and have them wear tick collars
• Mow your grass on a weekly basis to keep it short
• Keep children away from shady areas by the perimeter of your lawn where ticks are usually found. Move all toy, such as playground and sand pits away from the edge of your lawn
• After being outside no matter the extent of time, always check yourself and your family for any insects or insect bites
• You can launder your clothing on high heat for 30 minutes to be completely sure you are not bring home any unwelcomes guests
• Take a warm shower right when you get home
• Pools or other bodies of water will not get rid of ticks because they can hide in bathing suites and don't easily drown in water
Although these are all good defensive measures they still do not guarantee a decrease in the tick population in your yard. A combination of chemical/organic treatments and non-chemical preventative actions are recommended for maximum control and prevention. “Paul Mead, chief of epidemiology and surveillance activity at CDC’s bacterial-illness branch, says preliminary results showed that about 1,500 household indicated that use of a spray reduced the tick population by 60%.” This reduces your chances of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever, and Tularemia to name a few.
Blacklegged Tick Biology (Deer tick) - The deer tick is a three-host tick: that is, it feeds on three different animals during its life. The immature ticks, known as larvae and nymphs, each feed on small mammal or bird. As it develops into an immature tick it will move on to feed on field mice and chipmunks. Adult ticks feed upon a larger mammal , usually white-tailed deer, mate and deposit eggs to complete their life cycle. Any of these stages of ticks can feed on people, as well.
Blacklegged Tick's Environment- The typical deer tick habitat is wooded and shady, a moist environment. Ticks may frequent the edge between yard and woods, in the leaf litter. The abundance of deer ticks in a yard can be decreased by modifying the area to make it less attractive for ticks and by discouraging mice and deer, through a variety of techniques.
Educational links on Ticks & Lyme Disease
To I.D. a tick or for tick testing in Massachusetts contact:
320 Needham St., Suite 200
Newton, MA 02464