Wicked Summer Fun Guide

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(Photo: Mosquito Mary’s)

According to pests.org, the Northeast is already a hotspot for Lyme Disease, and that risk is expected to grow. The ticks that cause Lyme disease — the deer tick — are year-round residents of New England, thanks to the growing population of white-tailed deer.

Early data shows Lyme disease rates are already up 6% compared to averages, possibly because of people’s increased time outdoors during the pandemic and a  summer that forecasters believe will see warmer temperatures and more precipitation than usual.  Massachusetts residents are advised to be ready for increased tick activity throughout 2021 but particularly from April to mid-to-late October. 

Here are 3 things you can do now to help ensure a tick free summer in your yard.

1. Invest in a Professional Tick Control Service.

Mosquito Mary’s of Massachusetts offers an Organic Tick and Mosquito control service.  Also known as All-Natural Mosquito and Tick control.  Mosquito Mary’s mosquito and tick spray is a customized combination of essential oils and  plant extracts that kill mosquitos and ticks and provide a barrier to keep them way and is safe for children and pets.

2. Double-check your damp bits

Ticks love dark, moist areas, so when you’re looking for them, focus on the groin, backs of the knees, and armpits. “Women often forget their bra line, but that’s a tick’s dream spot,” says Andrea Gaito, MD, a rheumatologist and Lyme specialist based in Basking Ridge, N.J.

3. Dress Code

Wear White. Teeny-tiny ticks are easier to spot against light-colored duds.

Hike up your socks, and tuck your pants legs into them.  It’s not fashionable but every inch of covered skin reduces your chance of being bit and potentially developing lyme disease.