POW Found in Maine

Posted by AllGreen on June 7, 2017

Just last month, AllGreen was discussing the importance of tick control in MA after the Powassan (POWTick in on the side of a man's hand) diagnoses of a 5-month-old child in Connecticut. This potentially deadly tick-borne virus can be transmitted within 15 minutes of attachment, has been known to cause inflammation in the brain, and can inflict permanent neurological damage.

In the last ten years, around 75 cases were reported in the Northeast and Lakes region. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Powassan virus was reported twice in Maine, once in New Hampshire, and eight times in Massachusetts from 2006-2015. With a growing concern for ticks this summer season, researchers in Maine began to collect ticks across 30 towns to test for POW from June 2015 to December 2016. Of the 203 pools of adult ticks, 15 tested positive for Powassan.

Though POW is still very much considered a rare disease, experts still advise everyone to take precautions against ticks. With the 2017 summer season reported by professionals to be one of the worst for ticks in many years and the ability for these kinds of diseases to travel, many believe it’s better to be safe than sorry.

We caution our customers to take precautions while outdoors. Cover up with long sleeves and pants when you will be entering woodsy areas, always check yourself and loved ones for ticks when returning indoors, and utilize tick control in West Roxbury and Norwood, MA.

AllGreen offers single treatment and three treatment programs for tick control with a combination of granular and liquid treatments for your yard that will prevent ticks and their aggressive viruses from impacting your family and pets.

With more questions about our products and services or to request a free estimate, please call our experts in West Roxbury (617) 327-5555 or in Norwood (781) 762-7080.