Everyday at Mosquito Squad of Birmingham, we work hard to protect our customers from mosquitoes, ticks and the diseases they carry such as West Nile virus and Lyme Disease. As we talked about last week, our barrier spray is highly effective at eliminating mosquitoes on contact and creating a barrier around your property to keep additional mosquitoes out. The barrier spray also targets and eliminates ticks residing within the treated area as well. But ticks have different habits depending on the stage of their lifecycle so in addition to the barrier spray that targets the adult ticks within your yard, Mosquito Squad of Birmingham utilizes tick tubes to eliminate the younger nymph ticks.
Nymph ticks are young ticks and just like our children, are the most active members of the family. The nymph ticks are also more prevalent in the early spring to late summer and the biggest transmitter of diseases such as Lyme Disease. In order to grow and develop, these young nymph ticks need a blood meal. Their preference at this stage is mice and chipmunks that they use as their host. Latching on to these rodents, they feed off their blood until they have developed enough to venture out into the world.
Using this knowledge of tick habits and those of the rodents, Mosquito Squad of Birmingham can target them more effectively with the use of tick tubes. We strategically place tick tubes around your property where we know rodents will come in contact with them. Inside the tubes is treated cotton the rodents take back to their dens. The cotton is safe for the rodents as well as other animals and people and they rodents use the fluff for their bedding. Once the nymph ticks come in contact with the treated cotton, they are eliminated immediately. The cotton not only keeps these ticks from spreading disease, it also stops future generations from forming.
Tick season is already here and now is the time to have tick tubes placed around your property. Call Mosquito Squad of Birmingham to set up your dual protection tick control and prevention program so you can make the most of your time outdoors this spring and summer.
Marty & Matt Lange
Mosquito Squad of Birmingham