New Tick-Borne Illness Makes Tick Control in Massachusetts Even More Essential

Posted by AllGreen on July 25, 2014

Tick insect processionWe live in a part of the country that experiences severe weather extremes. In a lot of ways, we’re lucky to have four distinct seasons to enjoy; especially summer. A New England summer can get a bit humid, but isn’t relatively hot compared to other parts of the country. We can easily beat the heat by heading to the beach, slipping away to our favorite swimming hole, or by enjoying the sunny days from the comfort of our lawns. However, with summer comes the inevitable increase in tick populations across New England. And it’s imperative that we focus our energy on tick control in Massachusetts.

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases and has been a force we have to contend with every summer. If you’ve been unlucky enough to be bitten by a tick, there is a possibility that you could develop symptoms of Lyme disease. Lyme disease starts with a severe rash and flu-like symptoms but, if left untreated, chronic Lyme disease can cause significant joint pain and even severe neurological problems like meningitis, Bell’s palsy, and impaired muscle movement. All of which can be seriously detrimental to one’s well being. In order to avoid being bitten by a tick, the best defense is a good offense. Letting AllGreen provide your lawn with tick control in Massachusetts can help to extinguish some of the fear that comes along with being exposed to ticks and helps you and your family enjoy your lawn.

A New Threat

It’s not just Lyme disease that we have to worry about anymore either. In an article published by CBS Boston entitled “Yale Researchers: New Tick-Borne Illness Common in Southern New England,” the author reports that Yale researchers, using a new anti-body test, have found evidence of a new tick-borne illness that we have to be aware of. Called Borrelia miayamotoi, researchers at Yale found evidence of the infection in 4 percent of the 639 people they checked. Borrelia miayamotoi is found in black-legged ticks, is related to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and shares symptoms with Lyme disease but also includes a chronic, relapsing fever that can last for a long time after exposure.

Lead author of the Yale study, research scientist Peter Krause, M.D., was quoted as saying, “We expect this to be found wherever Lyme disease is found. It’s likely that that will be the case. The full health impact of this disease is really uncertain at this point. We just have to do more research to determine what the full spectrum of the disease will be.”

With this new threat in mind, letting AllGreen professionally provide you with tick control in Massachusetts is made all the more important to the safety of you, your friends, and your family.

If you’re interested in tick control in Massachusetts, contact us at: 617-327-5555