Alternative Earthcare Discusses Tick Life-Cycles: When to Start Spraying and How Often
LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alternative Earthcare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and east end tick control, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.
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Long Island is home to a variety of disease-transmitting ticks that are active from April until winter's freeze and can grow their populations rapidly. The majority of ticks go through four life stages and, in order to survive, must feed on blood during each stage after hatching. For that reason, it is essential for Long Island residents to spray their properties to protect their families, friends, and pets from serious, and potentially fatal, tick-transmitted diseases. Alternative Earthcare discusses tick life-cycles, and when and how often to spray properties.
- Egg phase. Female ticks lay several thousand eggs at a time after engorging on a host. Soft ticks are hatched in nests and burrows of animals. Hard ticks lay their eggs in protected areas of heavy ground cover. In the case of the brown dog tick, which prefers to live its full life-cycle indoors, up to 5,000 eggs can be laid at a time and are deposited in cracks, crevices, and under boards and plaster.
- Larvae phase. Larvae, also known as seed ticks, are the second stage of a tick's life. After feeding, most ticks will drop from their host and prepare for the next life stage. Ticks can take up to three years to complete a full life-cycle, although many die due to not finding a host. In larvae phase, ticks are very small and difficult to spot. At less than 1mm long, tick larvae resemble a poppy seed and often go unnoticed.
- Nymph phase. For ticks to transmit disease, they must stay attached for approximately 24 hours. Ticks in nymph form can be particularly problematic because they feed for a long time. Nymphs tend to attach in areas such as armpits, the groin area, hairlines, and in the crook of elbows and knees. Certain tick species can go through up to seven different nymph stages.
- Adult phase. Adult ticks are fond of large hosts such as deer, horses, dogs, cats, and humans. In the final stage of a tick's life, females are about 10 mm long and males are slightly smaller. As ticks move from nymphs to adults, they also go from having six legs in their previous life stages to eight legs.
- When to spray for ticks and how often. Property owners should begin spraying in April and continue through late November. To minimize tick populations throughout the rest of the season, as well as next year's resurgence, property owners that are not receiving tick treatments should start as soon as possible and not wait for next year. The best way to handle tick population control is with regular treatments every 3-4 weeks.
Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative Earthcare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.
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