I’ll be conducting some Fall Tick Treatments down your way and am trying to finalize the logistics of my route.
October and November is when I begin a major disruption of the ticks’ reproduction cycle. Treatments now will help decrease the number of eggs ticks lay, which reduces the chance of a tick explosion come spring time.
If you don’t mind, I’d like to give a brief rundown of how Fall Tick Treatments interfere with tick behavior and life cycles. In fear of boring you to no end, I promise to keep it quick and to the point.
Peak activity for adult deer ticks occurs in late October and early November
Ticks have a complicated, two-year life cycle: egg > larvae > nymph > adult. For the sake of brevity, I am going to jump ahead to what occurs between the nymph and adult stages.
Nymph > Adult
After a hearty blood meal, engorged nymphs drop off their hosts into leaf litter and molt into adults. These adults actively seek new hosts throughout the fall, waiting to latch onto deer (their preferred host) or other larger mammals (including humans, dogs, cats, horses, and other domestic animals) from grass or leaf tips that may be three feet above the ground.
As winter closes in, adult ticks that were unsuccessful in finding hosts take cover under leaf litter or other surface vegetation. Generally, winters in the northeast are cold enough to keep adult ticks at bay until temperatures begin to rise in late February or early March. At this time, ticks resume the quest for hosts in a last-ditch effort to obtain a much-needed blood meal – allowing them to mate and reproduce, and resulting in a second activity peak typically in March or early April.
The purpose of Don’t Bug Me’s Fall Tick Treatments are to eliminate as many hungry ticks as possible before winter. The results will provide immediate and long-term protection for when winter subsides.
Fall Tick Treatments are the same cost as your other treatments and applied in a similar method. If you would like to be included, just let me know. As always, no pressure – just keeping you in the loop.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a Fall Tick Treatment, please contact Don’t Bug Me at: