September 01, 2023
It’s hard to believe that we’re only a few weeks away from the first day of fall and while the summer was a bit of a bust with all the rain, we can’t help but look forward to crisp mornings, apple picking, and really all things autumn. Of course, we must address the issue of ticks in the fall and remind Maine property owners that these biting, disease-spreading pests are still very much active. Furthermore, a final tick treatment in the fall is necessary and we’ll explain why in today’s post.
Why a fall tick treatment a must for Maine property owners
A fall tick treatment is like a superhero fighting the villain tick population, and especially adult ticks on the hunt for a bloodmeal. Here’s the cool part, when a tick control service is performed to get rid of adult ticks during the fall, it’s doing more than just protecting against tick bites that spread Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. It’s preventing a whole lot of future ticks from taking over properties in the spring. To put a number to it, for each tick exterminated in the fall, our exterminators prevent up to 3,000 new ticks.
How does a fall tick treatment prevent a new generation of ticks in the spring?
Each spring, adult tick lays a bunch of eggs- we’re talking thousands. These eggs hatch into those smaller, trickier-to-spot nymphs that excel in spreading diseases. A dead tick cannot lay eggs that develop into blood-seeking parasitic arachnids, it’s as simple as that.
That’s why, in September or October, Pine State Pest Solutions uses powered mist blowers to treat the perimeters of our customers’ properties, transitional areas, and surrounding woods and fields (approx. 20 to 30 feet out) with a residual product that protects long after we’ve left and that targets both adult ticks and nymphs.
How property owners can help prevent tick infestations
Although our tick treatments are highly effective in eliminating the ticks that are already established, we cannot prevent deer, mice, or other wildlife (or even pets that wander further into the woods) from introducing ticks later. It’s not all lost though- you can make your property less habitable to ticks. Here’s how:
- Pick up fallen leaves, tree limbs, and other organic debris in your yard
- Clear out dense vegetation
- Trim tall grasses
- Cut back shrubs & bushes
- Take care of rodent issues
Reach out to the local pest control pros at Pine State to sign up for tick control today!
At Pine State Pest Solutions, we are a locally owned and operated pest control company that offers seasonal tick control services in Auburn, Augusta, and Yarmouth as well as throughout our Central and Southern Maine service area. Contact us today if you want to schedule a fall tick spray. And if you’re worried about ticks taking over your property next spring, we’d love to discuss our tick control options!