- deer ticks
Ticks are a year-round problem and affect over 300,000 Americans each year. Tick activity is at its peak during the warm months of the year and does not slow down until late fall. While many wildlife animals can get infected by a tick bite, one wild animal is to blame for the spread of ticks and the risk of Lyme Disease: white-tailed deer.
Whitetails that venture onto home properties do not harm people and pets on purpose - they simply are searching for food. However, when whitetails walk onto lawns and gardens, they tend to drop deer ticks in the grassy areas where children and pets play and gardeners grow in the backyard. This means that an increase in deer movement on lawns will bring more risk in ticks.
Home growers that want to minimize the risk of tick infection will need to keep away white-tailed deer from landscapes with effective deer management strategies including: the use of a deer fence; growing deer-resistant plants; and applying deer repellents to the yard.
These methods are best for tick management and will see a reduction of whitetails on properties.
As if we didn't have enough to worry about with the Coronavirus; now, we need to worry about a hint of Lyme. May is when we start to not only see ticks on yards and gardens but also when we hear about deer tick diseases such as Lyme Disease - a disease that can affect [...]
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — It's officially tick season in Maine. Chuck Lubelczyk, a field biologist with the Maine Medical Center Research Institute says deer ticks are already "out in pretty good numbers.""The season started down here in southern Maine probably a week to two weeks ago," said Lubelczyk.He explained as you travel further north, especially past [...]
Ticks are really a year-round problem; and although the media discusses tick disease in spring and summer more than any other season, the fall brings challenges for outdoor enthusiasts.Ticks do not die out as the weather cools off; instead, they become dormant - mostly in the winter. In fall, hikers, campers and walkers will find [...]
A new invasive tick species was just found in Pennsylvania for the first time.According to our partners at the Trib, recent testing found a deer that had an Asian longhorn on it in Centre County, where Penn State is.This particular species is tough to tell apart from others.As the name suggests, they have horns, but [...]
Oh, summer; the perfect excuse to be outside and doing all the active activities you love: hiking, biking, swimming and having camp fires with friends. Being that June is Great Outdoors Month, Deerbusters wants to revisit the topic of deer ticks. Let's review what we know about tick movement in summer. Spring and summer are the [...]
Deerbusters sat down with Daniel Cameron, MD. to discuss the dangers of ticks and Lyme Disease. We met with him at his medical practice in Mt. Kisco, NY. Watch what he has to say about tick disease: Dr. Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH, is a nationally recognized leader for his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment [...]
Pets like to interact with wild animals, lizards and even stray dogs and cats; but aside from personal differences, wildlife can harm domestic animals in other ways. Wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, can carry ticks with tick-borne diseases; and when deer walk onto properties, there is a chance that deer ticks can drop onto pets and [...]
March is the start of tick season; and as such, there is the threat of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses. There are many types of ticks throughout the United States; but the most heard about ticks are the Lone Star Tick and the Eastern Blacklegged Tick - often found feeding on white-tailed deer, pets [...]
March is the start of tick season; and as gardeners are planning what flowers and vegetables to plant this spring, the concern over ticks and tick diseases has popped into our minds.Often, we wonder how ticks get from the woods/grass to our bodies and our pets. But, the more we spend outdoors, the more it [...]