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Deer Tick Populations Set to Explode in 2017

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Springtime is almost here. And that means more time out on the grass playing soccer and having family get-togethers.

You know that the threat of Lyme disease continues to rise. You don’t want to use harsh chemicals that destroy beneficial insects and pose a health risk to your family and friends.

What can you do?

If you want to protect your family, friends and pets this summer, then you need to take precautions to keep mice, deer and other deer tick carriers out of your lawn.

The Cause

According to an article on CNBC, “One Sign that 2017 Will Be a Bad Year for Lyme Disease,” the article’s author, Robert Ferris, reports,

“Two biologists told NPR that they have found in mice a leading indicator of future Lyme outbreaks: the bigger the annual mouse population, the larger the following year’s pool of new Lyme cases will be.”

And why are mice populations growing?

Ferris says that land development is the main culprit to the rise of mice. There are less vast forests for mice predators to roam. Instead, there are now smaller woodlands where predators don’t live, but where mice thrive … allowing their numbers to quickly climb.

Plus, these little critters harbor deer ticks that carry Lyme disease—maybe more so than deer do.

Decreasing Your Property’s Mice Population

There are preventative steps you and your family can take to lower the risk of mice and deer ticks in your Southern New Hampshire or Northern Massachusetts’ property.

Here are those five things:

  1. Get rid of brush piles and stone walls where mice like to nest.
  2. Move wood piles toward the back of your property and away from your lawn.
  3. If you have sheds or other outbuildings, make sure those areas are kept neat and tidy to keep mice from moving in.
  4. Keep your lawn mowed at 3––4” and remove any tall grass.
  5. Spray the perimeter of your property with concentrated cedar oil.

Read more about the dangers of Lyme disease in this blog post.

How Cedar Oil is the Natural Alternative to Synthetic Pesticides

You can use concentrated cedar oil as a natural alternative to using bifenthrin and other harmful chemicals in your yard. It comes from pine trees—including cedar pines―and it has been shown to be a natural tick deterrent.

Cedar oil can also be used to get rid of

  • Ants
  • Bed bugs
  • Chiggers
  • Fleas
  • Flies
  • Grubs
  • Japanese beetles
  • Mites
  • Mole crickets
  • Mosquitoes
  • No-See-Ums
  • Numerous other non-beneficial insects.

Not only that, but it’s also safe to use around people and pets. Plus, it won’t kill natural pollinators—such as honeybees and ladybugs.

You can also spray diluted cedar oil on your clothes to repel ticks and fleas. It’s 100% safe to use on children’s clothing and skin too.

There are even dog and cat collars with cedar oil to protect your furry friends from ticks and fleas.

Learn more about scary ticks in this blog.

At Lawnmark Plus, we are a BeeSafe certified applicator in Southern New Hampshire.  Using only products that are safe for pollinators and the environment is very important to us.

Additionally, we can come to your property to spray concentrated cedar oil around the perimeter of your yard to keep ticks and other non-beneficial insects from moving into it.

At Lawnmark Plus, we only use cedar oil and other organic alternatives to keep ticks, fleas and other harmful bugs off your lawn. If you enjoy entertaining outdoors, or you have children and pets who spend a lot of time on your lawn, call us today to schedule your perimeter pest application at 603-262-1215 or fill out our contact form.

Sources

Atwell, Tom, “Pesticides May Get Rid of Ticks, But at What Cost?” Portland Press Herald: January 3, 2016.

Ferris, Robert, “One Sign that 2017 Will be a Bad Year for Lyme Disease,” CNBC: March 6, 2017.

TickEncounter Resource Center, “Protect Your Yard.”

 

 

 

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