How The Warmer Than Usual Winter In NJ Is Affecting Ticks
It’s been an interesting winter here in New Jersey as far as weather is concerned; local websites are calling it a dud for skiers and maple syrup lovers because we’re several inches short of the normal snowfall and have experienced milder temperatures for much of the winter. Of course, that famous prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil, said more winter is in store for the Garden State, but it’s time we start thinking about ticks. Actually, it’s past time. You see, there’s a good chance deer ticks (and other tick species) are already active across New Jersey thanks to the warmer-than-usual winter we’ve had.
Reduce the tick population by treating your property
If you want to enjoy spending time in your outdoor living spaces without worrying about your family getting sick from a tick bite, contact Arrow Pest Control today to sign up for our Bite Back! program. Designed to drastically reduce tick (and mosquito) populations, this seasonal treatment is available for homeowners in Paramus, Closter, and throughout Bergen County as well as across Arrow’s multi-county service area, and runs April through October. It includes:
- Granular tick treatments in April & October
- Monthly mosquito and tick spraying May through September
- The Arrow Promise – If, for any reason, weather or any other factors interfere with your service efficacy, Arrow will re-do your treatment FREE of charge
How winter weather influences tick populations
While extended cold weather and the usual snowfall each winter have their drawbacks, they also help kill off tick populations. Likewise, a mild winter increases the survival rate of ticks and makes them a threat all year long.
NPMA predicts ticks will be a top concern in 2023
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), many parts of the country are experiencing a year-round active tick population thanks to the mild weather we have had this winter. That means there’s a good chance, these disease-spreading pests will be quite prevalent in 2023.
Protect yourself from ticks and the illness they spread
Keeping your family and pets inside in order to protect them against ticks is not a good solution. Instead, try using these tick prevention tips:
- Avoid forested areas where deer, rodents, and ticks are common
- Stay on trails when hiking
- Use fencing to keep host animals off your lawn
- Clear away leaf piles, brush, and other organic debris from your lawn and property
- Keep your lawn well-manicured
- Relocate playsets if they are too close the edge of your yard or under trees
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors
- Apply EPA-registered insect repellent to clothing
- Check your family and pets for ticks after time spent outside
- Make sure your pets are up to date on their tick-preventative and Lyme
Sign up for Arrow’s Bite Back! Program and take back your yard!
If you’d like to sign up for our 7-service tick and mosquito control program, please contact Arrow today. Locally owned and family-operated since 1973, our team is ready to help you protect your family from the threat of ticks.
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